Academic Curriculum

Every Tuesday morning the housestaff are provided protected time for their educational endeavors. This means that they are excused from their other duties, including inpatient services, to attend an educational half-day that includes multiple lectures and learning opportunities. The following lectures are included in the Tuesday morning curriculum:

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds (Tuesday 8:30-9:30 AM) 

The Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is delivered each Tuesday by a senior Harbor-UCLA faculty or a nationally and internationally distinguished guest speakers. Grand Rounds lectures focus on clinically relevant areas of active investigation in internal medicine.

Core Curriculum (Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30 AM)

Dr.-Sue-didactic1-1024x682This series is intended to provide teaching on pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of common medical conditions. The faculty from Department of Medicine and other Departments participate in this training.

Class Based Curriculum (Tuesday 10:30- 12:30 PM)

The residents are divided up by classes to receive teaching that is targeted for their level of training. Examples of sessions included:

Simulation Center

Journal Club

Essential Clinical Skills including physical exam and procedural skills

Ultrasound training

Quality Improvement

Health Systems Training

The following pdf is an example of our current intern curriculum schedule.


Morning Report (Daily 800AM – 845AM)

This classic internal medicine learning opportunity is highlighted at Harbor-UCLA. Morning Report is moderated by the chief residents and a guest attending. We have residents present cases of interest from the ICU, medicine wards or the outpatient setting. A broad variety of cases are discussed, including diagnostic challenges, management pearls and ethical dilemmas.

vanessa-teachingMorbidity and Mortality Conference (Thursday 12:00-1:00 PM)
The departmental Morbidity and Mortality Conference is moderated by a resident each Thursday. Three to four senior faculty members are invited to comment on challenging cases. This conference gives residents the opportunity to learn from the management of difficult cases in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Boot Camp (Tuesday Curriculum)
“Boot Camp” is a 2-month long lecture series at the beginning of the academic year led by fellows designed to quickly teach the incoming intern class the basic pathophysiology and management of common diseases seen in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The senior residents experience a “Senior Boot Camp” which involves an in-depth review of advanced topics that prepares them for their roles as leaders of the medical team.


Additional Educational Opportunities

Senior Grand Rounds (Tuesday Curriculum)
Senior Grand Rounds is lead by a graduating senior who presents to the entire department of medicine. Working with a faculty mentor, residents do an in-depth, evidence-driven review of a topic of their choice.

Schwartz Rounds (2nd Wednesday of the month at Noon)

This interdisciplinary conference involves the discussion of difficult patient-care stories. A panel with representatives from nursing and physicians discusses the nature of these interactions in a frank manner and allows for discussion with the audience.



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