Didactics and Workshops

Noon conferences

We offer 3 noon conferences each week throughout the year, including the following.

Presentations by our faculty, such as:

    • Dr. Kraleti and Dr. Cassat discuss musculoskeletal/sports medicine issues.
    • Dr. Jansen makes presentations on any and all derm topics.
    • Dr. Howard leads monthly QI Team meetings and quarterly CQI conferences.
    • Dr. Kahn makes presentations on prevention topics.
    • Chris Rule facilitates the Resident Support Group meetings and the Balint groups (with Charles Smith MD).

Presentations by other UAMS faculty.  There are too many to list, but here is a sampling.  (Click on the hyperlinks to see more.)

Presentations by other speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds:

    • Chronic Pain Management, by Leanne Yanni MD, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Awareness and Management of Leprosy in the U.S., by David Scollard MD, National Hansen’s Disease Programs, Baton Rouge
    • Benign Anorectal Disease and Anal Cancer, presented by Justin Monroe MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UT-Memphis
    • Tularemia, presented by Naveen Patil MD, Arkansas Department of Health

Resident presentations:

    • Journal Club
    • Practical Problems in Family Medicine
    • Prevention Project


We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, including the following.

  • Casting and Splinting Workshop (facilitated by Victor Vargas MD, an alumnus of our program who is affiliated with Arkansas Specialty Orthopedics)
  • Suturing Workshop (led by Dr. Knight) 
  • EKG Interpretation (led by James Boger MD, Associate Professor of Cardiology)
  • Colposcopy Workshop (led by Dr. Howard and Dr. Soultanova)
  • Nasopharyngeal Workshop (led by Mauricio Moreno MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology)
  • Treadmill Workshop (the presenter varies each year)

FM-I Rotation

July of each year is designated as an orientation month for our new residents.  It’s a busy month with many learning activities, including the following presentations, workshops, and events.  (This is not an exhaustive list — we’re always adding to the mix!)

  • Inpatient Management of Geriatric Patients (Scott Simmons MD)
  • Well Child Visit (Steven Thompson MD)
  • Adolescent Medicine (Brian Hardin MD)
  • Orientation to Newborn Nursery (Bryan Burke MD)
  • The Office System for Prevention (Dr. Kahn)
  • Supermarket Tour (Dr. Kahn)
  • Abnormal Pap (Dr. Howard)
  • Breast Exams
  • Pelvic Exams
  • Introduction to Computers, Outlook, Medical Databases, and More
  • Welcome Party
  • Survival Guide:  Introduction to Clinical Activities (presented by our chief residents)
  • FM-I Retreat
  • Not-So-Common Courtesy (Dr. Jarrett)
  • DVICE (Digital Video Interpretation of Clinical Encounters, facilitated by Mr. Rule)
  • Meetings with your faculty advisor
  • Meetings with the Program Director

All FM-I residents also go to the UAMS Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to perform pelvic exams on standardized patients.  Standardized patients encounters give you the chance to practice on a “live” person before you start pelvic exams on clinic patients.

FM-II Rotation

The FM-II rotation occurs in October of each year and is designed solely for the PGY-2 residents.  It’s a challenging but fun month that involves the following, in addition to many other activities:

  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Library Research (UAMS Library staff)
  • Clinical Preventive Services (Dr. Kahn)Casting Workshop 2011
  • CQI/PDSA Model (Dr. Howard)
  • Substance Abuse Clinic (Bernie Miller MD)
  • Public Relations and Dealing with the Media (UAMS Office of Communications)
  • Patient Education:  Nutrition, OB Education, and Weightloss (Sydney Rephan RD, LD)
  • FM-II Retreat
  • Meetings with the Program Director
  • Lunch with the chief residents
  • Genetics (Kent McKelvey MD)
  • How to Improve Your Presentation Skills (Dr. Jarrett)
  • DVICE (Digital Video Interpretation of Clinical Encounters, facilitated by Mr. Rule)
  • Home visits with your patients

FM-III Rotation

Each PGY-3 resident completes a one-month FM-III rotation on an individual basis.  (FM-I and FM-II rotations involve everyone in your PGY class.)  FM-III is an intense month that includes time for self-reflection on the resident’s plans for after graduation.  Typical FM-III activities include:

  • Management of Health Systems encounters, including participation in
    • Meetings with the Department Administrator, who will assess your career goals, assist in preparing your CV, and much more
      FM-II Quiz Bowl, 2013
    • Practice Management Group meetings with DFPM faculty
    • Clinical Faculty Practice meetings with DFPM faculty
    • Working through the “Medical Practice Management Transitioning to Success” DVD
  • Behavioral Science
    • 14 hours with our Behavioral Scientist, personalized to your specific interests
  • Home visit with one of your patients
  • Genetics Clinic (Kent McKelvey MD)

Field trip opportunities abound, including those you see listed under “HRSA Grant Activities” below.

HRSA Grant Activities:  Serving the Underserved, 2009-2012 and Beyond

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