Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Academic Committee


Descriptions of Events


Poster Workshops
Academics Committee holds regular poster and oral presentation workshops to help residents improve presentation skills and prepare for upcoming conferences. Residents with accepted abstracts (clinical vignettes, original research, poster acceptances, or oral presentations) are able to present drafts of their work in a low-pressure environment and audience members (associate program directors, chief residents, co-residents) are then able to provide feedback regarding formatting, content, and delivery. The workshops have been very well received; many residents find they are much more prepared to present at conferences, and several have gone on to win prizes at conferences! This year, we will be working with our Baylor College of Medicine medical student colleagues to provide mentorship of their research efforts as well.

Journal Club
Beginning in 2017, Academics Committee is continuing our popular resident-run journal club! Our aim is to talk through landmark trials and guidelines about general topics that we all encounter daily. All residents are welcome to join and have enjoyed talking through the details of a paper, as well as discussing application of this evidence to daily practice. At each Journal Club event, two-four residents lead the discussion and one-two expert faculty members provide background and perspective from practice. This year, we hope to increase the frequency of these events and plan to experiment with a Twitter-based Journal Club event.

Resident Research Q&A Session
Each spring, Academics Committee coordinates an interactive session to help residents plan for research projects in the upcoming academic year. During this session, residents of all years participate in a Q&A session for tips on how to obtain a research mentor, how to apply for conference funding, how to navigate applying for IRB project approval, and how to prepare for a Clinical Research Elective month, among other topics.