Recipe for Useful Noon Conferences

noon_conferences  Two studies look at improving residents’ conferences. One study (Sawatsky) used focus groups to get residents’ thoughts on what makes a noon conference useful to them. The other study (Ha) compared a one-hour daily noon conference each weekday to an Academic Half-day (AHD) — a 3-hour sequence of conferences on one day per week. Here’s the recipe for making noon conferences useful:  Make them clinically relevant, with clear practical applications (or high-yield info for the boards). Limit to 30-45 minutes and 3-5 points. Summarize often during the conference, and ask questions in a non-intimidating way. Additionally, allowing residents to have their lunch during conference and reducing the likelihood of them being paged during it helps as well. Although the AHD approach seemed to increase ITE (in-Training Examination) scores by 5% and to improve resident satisfaction, another difference in the AHD approach may have contributed to the result: each PGY level had their own half-day.   This allows for more uniform level of knowledge in each conference, and ensuring that other residents were able to cover and answer pages for the attendees during the AHD. — Aleksey Tentler, MD

Sawatsky AP, Zickmund SL, Berlacher K, Lesky D, Granieri R. Understanding resident learning preferences within an internal medicine noon conference lecture series: a qualitative study. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Mar;6(1):32-8.

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Ha D, Faulx M, Isada C, Kattan M, Yu C, Olender J, Nielsen C, Brateanu A. Transitioning from a noon conference to an academic half-day curriculum model: effect on medical knowledge acquisition and learning satisfaction. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Mar;6(1):93-9.

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