Breakout Sessions and Clinical Skills

Chicago Breakout Sessions & Clinical Skills

Learn top-notch med school interview techniques, practice splinting and suturing, explore end of life decision-making, and more.

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Collaboration in Healthcare Now more than ever, physicians must work in interdisciplinary teams to provide high quality care. Patients expect it, regulatory agencies demand it, and you need to know about it. Strengthening these skills will make you a more effective resident and, ultimately, a better clinician. Join a discussion about how to successfully work in a collaborative environment to improve patient outcomes.
Connecting With Your Residency InterviewersFor the most important interview of your life, you want to make certain you're not only presenting yourself well, but that you're making a connection with the interviewer. This is about more than just making an impression. Attend this session for tips on how to meaningfully engage and make the interview process the first building block of a relationship.
Emerging Issues in Global HealthIt was recently reported that the majority of US physicians who travel to other countries are poorly prepared to perform humanitarian operations. How can medical professionals ensure people around the globe receive necessary care in such challenging, complex situations? Although great strides have been made in addressing infectious diseases, many hurdles remain. Attend this session to learn what helps - and hinders - the delivery of care in other countries.
Good Docs, Bad Decisions
Administering radioactive foods to disabled children. Sterilizing African American women without consent. Participating in price-fixing. Ridiculing anesthetized patients. History is rife with stories of good doctors who made bad decisions. Examine how critical thinking has gone awry and strengthen your own skills to ensure when faced with a dilemma, you not only know the right thing to do - but you do it.
Honoring Patient Treatment WishesMore than 65% of Medicare dollars go toward patients in the ICU at end of life. Did all of those patients plan to be there? Many individuals with advanced illness may not be able to communicate their health care wishes – and their families might not agree on what they want physicians to do. Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a medical order that ensures terminally ill patients get the care they want. Participate in this session to learn how to best serve your patients’ needs and meet their expectations.
Life on Dialysis, Part I: The Patient Perspective
26 million adults suffer with chronic kidney disease, most commonly as a result of hypertension and diabetes. Over time, many develop end-stage renal disease and require transplantation. Hear what daily life is like for patients with kidney disease, on dialysis, or on the transplant waiting list.
Life on Dialysis, Part II: The Physician PerspectiveHear from the chief medical officer of DaVita Village Health, a physician dedicated to improving the lives of kidney patients. Learn about the evolution of critical medical programs in America and Dr. Becker’s groundbreaking policy work dedicated to improving the United States transplant system.
Making Good Deaths Happen: End of Life Care Physicians are trained to save lives … but the result of prolonging life doesn’t always meet expectations. Explore the concept of a “good death,” and how physicians can play a thoughtful, supportive, and expert role in helping patients and their families deal with the end of life.
Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time
Think you need more time to get it all done? It’s likely you need more energy. Extending our day longer and longer to fulfill our obligations at work and home eventually takes its toll and leads to exhaustion. Participate in this one-hour workshop to learn a process for achieving greater work-life integration.
MCAT Strategies
Get ready to crush it with the help of MCAT experts. Participate in this session to learn study tips, how to get into the right mindset, and more. If you’re starting to think about the MCAT, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get your questions answered and develop a strategy that works for you.
Medical Marijuana: Effects and Implications
The rapidly changing specialty of hospice and palliative care medicine continues to offer a wide array of services to patients. Learn how medical marijuana has begun to play a role in pain management and the challenges associated with this therapy.
Moving Into the White Coat … and Beyond
If you think there are aspects of medicine and healthcare you might not be learning about in med school … you’re right. Join in a lively discussion with Nirmal Gosalia, a current med student at UIC and founder of Doc Thoughts, a media platform dedicated to illuminating key aspects of the medical profession. Gosalia’s gotten the scoop on reducing medical errors, the anti-vaxxer movement, social media in the physician community, and more. Take advantage of the opportunity to hear what he’s learned from the experts.
No Treatment Necessary: Challenging Intersex Surgery PracticesThe standard of care provided to intersex infants and youth often includes invasive and unnecessary surgeries to “normalize” genitalia. In many instances, healthy people become patients, subjected to procedures designed to accommodate societal labels, not improve lives. Participate in this session and learn how the medical culture seeks to shape children by scalpel for the sake of convenience, and how many parents are unaware that such shaping is totally optional.
Patients from the Past: How Medical Anthropology Informs MedicineWe know human behavior impacts health. But how does that behavior shape the way health care is delivered? Physicians must be vigilant in their understanding of evolving cultural norms, bodily attributes, and adaptation. The experts on these topics and more: medical anthropologists. Participate in this fascinating session to hear how these professionals inform physicians, what research is currently being performed to improve health care, and more.
The Residency Experience: RadiologyAs technology advances, so does the diversity of practice within radiology. Hear about the residency experience, gain insights into the specialty, and get your questions answered about the day to day life and the future of radiologists.
The Resident’s Must-Have: Self-AwarenessThe one thing that always remains within our control: how we react to circumstances. Do you know your strengths and challenges relative to the situation around you? Discover methods to make your residency a success – and make sure you know how to communicate that plan during interviews. Participants who took AMSA’s online customized self-awareness assessment will glean a deeper understanding of their results, and those who haven’t yet taken it will gain important insights, as well.
Specialty Spotlight: PediatricsThinking about specialty? Wondering what training will be like? Spend some time with Jerold Stirling, MD, FAAP, and hear about the road to becoming a pediatrician, day to day life, and salary forecast. Get your questions answered!
Single Payer: If Not Now, When?
Advocacy for single-payer has existed in the US since the 1880s. What has kept the system from becoming a reality? Could timing play a role? Participate in this session to understand how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act - and subsequent attempts to repeal it - have created a situation that makes the single payer discussion a distraction at this point in time.