At MDFMR, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. Our residents are constantly teaching and learning from peers, attendings, medical students, fellows, staff, and patients. While much of this happens informally throughout a resident’s day, there are a number of opportunities each week to participate in formal didactics.
Tuesday Afternoon Education
Tuesday afternoons are reserved for longer educational sessions which provide residents with depth of learning. Content is organized around a four-week block schedule and includes outpatient clinical topics, procedural skills, osteopathic skills, wellness activities, inpatient clinical topics, and outpatient practice management.
Hospital Grand Rounds
Our community hospital hosts Grand Rounds on Thursdays at lunchtime. Presentations originate from the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta or the Thayer Center for Health in Waterville, and our residents and faculty attend from either site or from the FMI.
Hospital Teaching Rounds (Inpatient Adult Medicine Rotations)
Residents assigned to the inpatient service participate in 30-60 minute teaching rounds at our community hospital. Topics vary according to the day of the week.
First and second year residents have protected time weekly between clinic sessions for education with members of their training class. Didactics during this time include resident-led case-based discussions and resident-led Journal Club, as well as outpatient medicine topics.
The 4:45 conference embodies the spirit of Maine-Dartmouth: this informal end of day debrief provides space for open discussion that might flow in many directions — educational, spiritual, personal, metaphysical… Everyone in the residency community is invited to join and can contribute as much or as little as they would like.