OSCEs turn five, inspire other programs

Since its first year through last year’s virtual version, the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) has held to its guiding principle: establish a clear sense of the incoming intern’s skill level by observing them performing foundational tasks. Standardized rubrics, simulated patients, technology enabling the observation, all of these are in aid of making sure that […]

Intern welcome picnic, 2021

What a difference a year and some vaccines make. It was not until September last year that our residency program’s Humanities and Wellness Committee felt comfortable inviting the new interns out to City Park for a welcome meal. And even then, masks, questions over whether communal boxes of pizza were safe, maintaining six feet even […]

Hassan’s heart disease interest leads to European competition

Adil Hassan, MD, second-year Internal Medicine resident, was selected to present at the European Society of Cardiology Congress’s 2021 Best Clinical Case Awards Session on Aug 28, 2021. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Hassan joined Internal Medicine’s residency program in 2019. Under the mentorship of Prashob Porayette, MBBS, […]

Farewell from our 2020-21 Chief Residents

Residents, It is with great sadness that we say goodbye as your Chief Residents for the 20-21 academic year. Although this year has been very different than we ever expected (thanks COVID), we have enjoyed working with every single one of you. When we interviewed for the role of Chief Resident in Spring 2019, we […]

Internal Medicine Residents Graduation, 2021

Preparation for an event as important as celebrating the graduation of our Internal Medicine residents starts months in advance. Because the department anticipated an event under pandemic precautions in which everyone—despite their vaccinations—would still need to remain socially distant and masked, the planning committee commissioned a series of pre-recorded videos that everyone could watch together. […]

Outstanding Resident & Teacher of the Year Awards, 2021

At last week’s Internal Medicine Residency Graduation, the final two resident-chosen awards for the year were announced. The bulk of the awards had been announced the day before at Grand Rounds. Outstanding Intern of the Year – Christian Anderson, MD, PhDOutstanding Junior Resident of the Year – Ian Kidder, MDOutstanding Fellow of the Year – […]

Excellence in Clinical Teaching awards – Internal Medicine winners and nominees

The Carver College of Medicine announced nominees and winners for the 2021 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards this week. Three of the 10 winners (and 13 of the 56 nominees) are members of Internal Medicine training programs. Named by medical students, peer residents, peer fellows and faculty, these nominations represent the dynamic and skilled approach […]

Resident teams present ongoing QI work

Through the months of February and March, residents provided preliminary answers to some good questions at each Monday’s noon conference. Can we convince more Veterans to get their pneumococcal vaccinations? Or improve lung cancer screening in the primary care setting? Can we increase infection prevention by getting providers to go “bare below the elbow”? How […]

Announcing the 2022–23 Chief Residents

The following is a statement from Vice Chair for Education and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Manish Suneja, MD. It is with great pride that I announce the 2022–23 Chief Residents for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. The Chief Residents are chosen for their leadership skills, moral integrity, and clinical acumen and are the most […]

Rieth guides Cancers pub, models Iowa-style mentoring

Novel treatments for melanoma over the past decade have dramatically enhanced survival. Immune checkpoint inhibitors and BRAF/MEK inhibitors have both demonstrated significant improvements in melanoma patient outcomes as demonstrated by many clinical trials. Unfortunately, patients who develop brain metastases still carry a grim prognosis, with a median overall survival of fewer than 6 months. Additionally, there is relatively […]