Annual Distinguished Lecture
The University of Alabama School of Medicine Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program had its genesis under the tutelage of the late Dr. Tinsley Harrison in the late 1960's. With the support of the local medical community, Dr. Harrison helped to establish this training program and had a major and continued impact on the educational philosophy of learning medicine at the bedside. As part of this proud tradition, the Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1978 to enrich the experience of the house staff by affording them the opportunity to interact with individuals whose career has been centered on medical education and clinical research. The Distinguished Lecture Series has been revitalized through the generosity of Dr. Rexford Kennamer, a retired cardiologist in California and a graduate of the School of Medicine. This annual event hosts notable speakers of National and International notoriety and attracts members of the medical community, the School of Medicine, and civic, political, and business leaders.
Medical Ground Rounds
In 1969, the first session of Grand Rounds in Medicine was held with the inaugural speaker being Sir George Pickering, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. Over the past four decades, the Montgomery Area Community Health Science Institute (MACHSI)—the CME arm of the UAB Center Montgomery—has endeavored to bring speakers to Montgomery to provide high quality state of the art CME programs to educate health care professionals and enhance the overall quality of healthcare in the community. These sessions have been open to all healthcare professionals in the community at no charge and have allowed them to maintain their CME certification without the time & expense of travel to other conferences.
Bedside or Teaching Rounds
Teaching rounds with invited physicians or healthcare workers are held in association with grand rounds once or twice a month. A case is presented by a resident (PGY 1, 2 or 3) and the invited speaker discusses the case in a teaching format. Presence at the bedside is encouraged. These bedside teaching sessions are 45 minutes in duration.
Medicon (or Medical Conferences) is a new pattern of training to meet educational requirements for residents. Replacing the old tradition of meeting every day at noon, Medicon is a weekly afternoon series of lectures including current medical practice presentations by local and regional health care professionals, Medical Journal article and literature review, Board-type review practice, and resident driven practice training.
Morning report is held for 45 minutes at 7:45 a.m., 3 days a week for all residents who are in the GMS service, and also for some residents on consultation services or electives. One resident (PGY 1, 2 or 3) is assigned to present a case for discussion. The purpose of the discussion is differential diagnosis, management, and to impart medical knowledge. A medicine attending or the chief resident leads the discussion. At the end of the case, the resident shares what she/he learned from the case. Residents are encouraged to show pertinent medical images such as pictures of physical exam findings, or radiologic studies.