Conferences are regularly scheduled throughout the academic year. Subjects include: Sleep Disorders Interest Group, Cytology/Pathology Review, Clinical Conferences, Southern Maine Chest Conference, Ethics & Medico-Legal Issues in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Core Curriculum Series, Research Conferences, Thoracic Oncology Center Conference, Journal Review, and Cystic Fibrosis Center Conference. For each conference, an attending faculty member or fellow is designated to be responsible for its administration. The expectation is that the attending faculty or fellow will facilitate the planning, organization, establishment of educational goals and objectives, and literature review for their designed conference. A wide variety of Grand Rounds, Research Symposia, and other conferences are also scheduled throughout MMC and MMCRI during the year.
Annual conferences include:
- Kjeldgaard Symposium
- Paul M. Cox, M.D. Memorial Mud Season Conference
- Northern New England Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellows' Conference
Sleep Disorders Interest Group
A review of clinical problems in sleep medicine, polysomnography, and sleep technology are presented with discussion of the pertinent literature.
Review of cytology/pathologic specimens from the clinical services as well as a predetermined pulmonary pathology curriculum. Teaching faculty from the Department of Pathology lead the instructional program.
Two clinical cases are presented in clinical-pathological review at each weekly conference, selected from the inpatient pulmonary consultation, outpatient, or critical care services. Teaching is case-based with a thorough review of the pertinent medical literature to address a specific diagnostic or therapeutic issue. Subjects include pulmonary pathology, physiology, disease syndromes, disease diagnosis and management, equipment or techniques. Fellows prepare a brief (3-10 references) annotated bibliography for each conference.
Southern Maine Chest Conference
Attending Physicians and Fellows present challenging diagnostic and therapeutic cases for discussion and medical literature review.
Ethics & Medico-Legal Issues in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
This defined lecture series rotates during the 3-year fellowship. Topics include: Medico-Legal Issues of End of Life Care, Informed Consent (including DNR), Patient-Physician Relationships and Confidentiality, Medical Liability and Negligence, Ethics in Medical Research and Related Issues.
Core Curriculum Series
A structured curriculum of pulmonary and critical care medicine topics presented on a three-year cycle. The emphasis of this series is on basic science (cell and molecular biology or physiology).
The journal club is devoted to developing skills in critically assessing the medical literature. Articles from the current literature are selected each month that illustrates emerging trends in disease management or a particular issue pertaining to study design, statistics, or epidemiology.
Thoracic Oncology Center Conference
This weekly multidisciplinary conference includes the specialties of pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology. Sponsored by the department of Oncology Information Services, the format is the presentation of cases and prospective discussion of patient management. Clinical follow-up of prior cases are included. Data from the MMC lung cancer database is reviewed.