This conference provides an opportunity for medical interns to present cases to faculty and discuss workup, reasoning, and diagnosis in a small group with our program's most prolific educators

  • Location: Occurs in-person at Parkland each Tuesday. The conference will be streamed to Clements and the VA so that interns at those sites may also benefit from this learning opportunity.
    • Please see location on the main page of this website (ie general conference calendar).
    • Interns at the VA and Clements should pick up their lunch in the general noon conference room and then bring their food to the designated room for watching Intern Chart Conference.
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Attendance requirement: Mandatory for interns on the following rotations:
    • All wards rotations except for long call day on Parkland Wards.
    • All inpatient consult services.
  • Expectations:
    • Presenting intern: Choose a case that has interested you from a diagnostic or therapeutic standpoint recently. You will present this case to the faculty mentor. You should not tell the faculty mentor or any of the other interns the diagnosis ahead of time.
    • Faculty mentor will guide the interns through the clinical reasoning toward diagnosing and managing the patient.
    • Chief resident will assist with case selection, obtaining relevant data (imaging, pathology, etc) and will help facilitate participation from multiple sites
    • All other interns: Participation in the discussion at hand is encouraged, both in the in-person and virtual settings. 
  • Presenter Tips:
    • Be concise, lead the audience, but don’t give away too much.
    • Do not give irrelevant data – if the exam is normal, just say so.
    • It is okay to present cases without known diagnoses- sometimes, the best discussions come from debates about interesting workups or management strategies.
    • Consider writing down the history and data you will present ahead of time- clicking through Epic during your presentation can be cumbersome and is often too inefficient to allow the case to be discussed in the time allotted.
  • Audience Tips:
    • Be vocal – participate in the discussion.
    • Ask the presenter for more information if needed.