On Tuesday afternoons, for three hours every week the attendings relieve the residents of their clinical duties so that they may attend a protected core conference. This is a series of didactics presented by the core faculty and the VCMC physician staff and focused specifically on covering a core curriculum for family medicine residents. In March 2014, we expanded from two hours to three hours to incorporate more workshops and interactive learning experiences.
A series of noon-time teaching sessions during the MCH rotation provide extra teaching in pediatric and women's health care. Medicine morning report occurs daily for those on the medicine rotation, and addresses a standard set of hospital medicine topics. EKG rounds also occur weekly, and time is set aside for residents on Medicine, ER, and and ICU rotations to attend.
The Ventura County Medical Center offers continuing education conferences for the physicians of Ventura County including the residents and faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Certain conference series are approved for CME credit by VCMC, a CMA-accredited provider. Additionally, the Wednesday and Thursday morning CME conference series is approved by the AAFP for prescribed credit for family physicians, and residents are encouraged to attend. A series of multidisciplinary tumor boards and monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from various specialties are also open to residents.