Synopsis of Fellows Academic Conferences

GI, Hepatology and Nutrition Grand Rounds

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30AM M422
This conference encompasses a variety of topics, including case-based presentations, state-of-the-art attending lectures, GI-Surgery conference, morbidity and mortality, journal club, and quality improvement.  Each format is outlined below in further detail.

Case-based Presentations: During a typical case-based learning session, two, 20-minute cases are presented on a rotating basis by GI fellows (approx. 20-25 slides. The case and teaching points are selected by the presenting fellow and should be reviewed with the attending with whom the patient was seen at least 4 weeks in advance. Standard presentations involve 5-7 minutes of case information including endoscopic, radiologic and histologic images where relevant, 10-15 minutes of focused literature review on one aspect of the case, with the remaining time for discussion and debate. The teaching points should be pertinent and focus on a specific aspect of diagnosis or management, as opposed to a broad overview of a general topic.  PowerPoint slides should be reviewed by your faculty member at least 7 days before the conference, and their attendance is encouraged.

State-of-the-art Lecture: These presentations are given by an expert attending from the GI section, other University of Chicago departments (radiology, pathology, etc.), or visiting faculty members.  They are designed to be cutting edge topic updates and typically are 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions/discussion.

GI-Surgery Conference: These presentations follow the case-based format, however topics and/or cases are typically assigned in advance by Dr. Kavitt, Dr. Semrad, and the chief fellows.  Presentations are created and presented in conjunction with an assigned surgical resident, and are attended by both GI and surgery faculty.

Journal Club: This conference is designed to share recent important publications with GI fellows and faculty.  Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length and include a brief background, critical review of the study design, and a discussion focused on the results and their clinical application to our practice.  Articles should be selected and reviewed with a faculty member at least 4 weeks in advance to ensure clinical relevance and faculty attendance.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Each fellow is responsible for one M&M conference during their second or third year.  This presentation is typically 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes left for discussion of the case and any pertinent quality improvement measures that could occur as a result of the outcome.  Fellows should select the case at least 4 weeks in advance and review with a faculty member as well as Dr. Semrad.

Medicine Grand Rounds
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 (Billings) P117
Internal Medicine departmental grand rounds.

GI Pathology Conferences
Liver, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 12:15-1pm S640
IBD, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00PM S644
Weekly alternating conferences that involves meeting with our GI pathologists (Dr. Hart and Dr. Weber) and reviewing selected cases from the respective sections. The surgeons, nurses and other ancillary staff often join us. Cases are obtained from clinic patients or inpatient cases; liver cases also include explant pathology.

Research Conference
Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm M422 or KCBD Room 1103
Research conference consists of either one of the GI section’s members or a visiting professor discussing his/her current research. It is frequently a basic science theme, although interspersed with clinical presentations from the faculty and fellows. Our attendance is strongly encouraged

Liver Clinical Conference

Every 3rd Tuesday, M422

This conference involves a 20-minute didactic session followed by two 20-minute case presentations. Cases are presented on a rotating basis by GI faculty, fellows, and visiting section attending’s (pediatrics, radiology, surgery). This will be a Telehealth conference that will be broadcasted locally and nationally.

Liver Radiology Conference
Every Thursday, 2:30-3:30 Q207
This radiology conference is for the liver fellow, residents and students on the hepatology service, attending hepatologists and transplant surgeons.  This is a multi-disciplinary conference with interventional radiology, oncology and radiation oncology in attendance along with the above mentioned disciplines.  Submit any cases to review with the radiologist and staff. CME credit available.

Liver Journal Club

Every 3rd Thursday, 2-230 Q207

This conference is designed to review important recent publications within hepatology and liver transplant while reviewing the elements of study design utilizing standard critical appraisal techniques. Fellow on the hepatology service will be asked to present an article with mentorship and direction available from clinical faculty.

Liver Transplant Conference
Every Thursday, 3:30-5:00 M422
Transplant hepatologists, transplant surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and ancillary staff convene to review any inpatients on the transplant list, inpatients being worked up for transplant, or inpatients status post transplant in the hospital. They will also discuss any outpatients on the transplant list that has active issues. As the liver fellow, be prepared to succinctly present any of your service patients that fall into the above categories.


IBD Multidisciplinary Conference

1st Tuesday, IBD Telehealth M422

3rd Tuesday 4:30-5:30, S644

Bi-weekly, the IBD attending’s, colorectal surgeons, IBD fellows, nurses, and ancillary staff convene to discuss IBD cases, relevant literature, and IBD research in progress.


Clinical Didactics & Academic Skills

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:15AM, M422
This is a conference designed to review key concepts in GI and Hepatology, and to prepare for the Board Exam. Fellows and faculty present relevant topics, with boards-style questions included. One conference per month is dedicated to the development of academic skills and career development. Topics include: contract negotiations, abstract writing, maintenance of certification, IRB, etc.