At the University of Kentucky, our educational curriculum is intentionally designed to hone clinical reasoning, prepare for board exams, and provide a foundation of practical skills that will aid in future career and clinical endeavors. We seek to engage residents with diverse content and learning formats. Our didactic curriculum is in alignment with the ABIM Certification Examination Blueprint to ensure that all residents are adequately prepared to pass boards after graduation. In addition, our interactive curriculum is focused on clinical reasoning conferences, simulation-based experiences, POCUS workshops, billing and coding, and much more. See below for more details about our individual learning opportunities.

Morning Report

Morning report occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-8 a.m. All residents gather together to practice clinical decision making, diagnostic schemas, and difficult treatment/diagnostic dilemma. Each resident will have multiple opportunities to present cases throughout their residency with a chief resident who facilitates the conference. We have very engaged faculty who often participate as well.

Noon Conference

Noon conference occurs at UK every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. This noon conference series is primarily focused on medical knowledge and board preparation but also offers sessions on personal and professional development.  Conference styles vary to offer both traditional didactic content and interactive sessions such as “Flip the Script”, Case-Based Conferences, Jeopardy, and workshops on billing and coding.

VA Noon Conference

VA Noon Conference occurs almost every Monday from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. VA noon conference is designed to explore the practical aspects of being a physician with a focus on the care of veterans. Topics might include hospital discharges, high value medical care and geriatric focused sessions including poly-pharmacy and wound care workshops. Sessions are generally hands-on and multidisciplinary so residents are able to learn from pharmacists, physical/occupational therapists, and social workers in addition to our VA Faculty.

Asynchronous Learning

Through thoughtfully selected materials, we seek to add supplementary educational opportunities to augment our board preparatory curriculum. These learning materials may include podcasts, readings, question banks, online modules, etc. Most asynchronous learning is optional.

Simulation Curriculum

All residents participate in simulation-based training. Sessions are scheduled during the academic half day and consist of clinical scenarios with de-compensating patients or a code blue. Our goal is to use simulations to prepare residents to handle real life situations when rotating on the wards and ICU.

Ultrasound Curriculum

Second year residents may opt in to an additional point-of-care ultrasound training curriculum. With a dedicated 10 month curriculum residents review key literature in advance of hands on sessions. Sessions are led by an  expert core faculty and experienced fellows utilizing standardized patients for at the bedside guidance in image acquisition and analysis. Given the increase utilization of POCUS in clinical care and procedures, we seek to equip residents with these useful skills to utilize in their future practice.

Board Review Series

The board review series occurs at the end of the academic year. Led by esteemed clinical faculty, these are two-hour sessions focused on reviewing the highest-yield material in all major subject areas represented on ABIM.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conferences

Generally occurring each month, these conferences are focused on discussing how to provide better care and learn more about patients from minority, underserved, or stigmatized populations. Conferences are often discussion based involving expert or patient panels.

Academic Half Day

Academic half day occurs twice a month for residents on their ambulatory clinic rotation. Residents participate in three hours of protected time for learning that includes knowledge, skill and procedural training. These small-group interactive sessions are led by chiefs, core faculty and subspecialty content experts.