Program Director Message

Ivy Darden

Steven Tringali, DO

Program Director


Academic Half Day

In addition to the summer lecture series, grand rounds, M&M, and our special lecture series, we offer a weekly protected educational half-day.  Residents are freed from clinical duties for a 3-hour block every week to participate in didactics. Our didactics are tailored to the level of the learner: we offer a separate half-day for interns and another for senior residents.

The typical format consists of 3 sessions:

  • Session 1 – Team-based learning didactic
  • Session 2 – Morning report-style case
  • Session 3 – Rotating Curriculum: Board Review, Journal Club, Ethics, Wellness, Simulation, Jeopardy, QI, High-Value Cost-Conscious Care

Our traditional didactics are led by experts in ambulatory medicine, hospital medicine, and all of the medicine sub-specialties.

During the case report, residents will be led through a case with a faculty member.  In a large group format, residents are taught key clinical reasoning skills and critical thinking, in addition to building knowledge about disease states.

Sample Half-day Schedule

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Introduction to Sleep Medicine Case Report Practice Series – Billing For Internists 101
Ethics of Clinical Decision Making Case Report Research Series – Designing and presenting a poster
Lung Cancer Case Report CBT for Insomnia
Bronchiectasis MICU Case Report Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound
HIV Case Report Lung Ultrasound
Adult Immunizations Case Report Research Series – Data Management
Geriatrics: The Beer’s Criteria MICU Case Report Lunch with the Dean
Introduction to Interstitial Lung Disease Case Report Cardiac Ultrasound
Syncope Case Report Board Review
Antiplatelet Therapy Case Report Research Series – Introduction to the IRB process
Acute Pancreatitis Case Report Finance Series – Financial Planning
Practice Series – Talking the Talk and Powerpoint Essentials AKI Board Review
Geriatrics Case Report Journal Club
Geriatrics ECMO: Overview and Indications Board Review
Critical Care Series – Basic Ventilator Management MICU Case Report Journal Club
Half-day Feedback Case Report Journal Club
Work-up and Management of Seizures Case Report Board Review
Journal Club Case Report Neuroradiology
Critical Care Series – Types of Shock: Fluid Status and Vasopressors MICU Case Report Journal Club
Research Series – Reference Managers by UCSF Librarians Team Building Activities Practice Series – Billing For Internists 201
Endocrine Topics Research Series – Overview of the publication process Journal Club
Research Series – Scholarship and research MSK Series – Shoulder Joint: Common pathology, exam and joint injections Journal Club
Critical Care Series – Brain Death Exam MICU Case Report Board Review
Platelet Disorders Case Report Finance Series – Financial Wellness
DOACS: Indications, risks and reversal Agents Board Review Journal Club
Heart Failure Management Case Report Research Series – Overview of Meta-analysis, Systematic, narrative reviews
Critical Care Series – Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiogenic Shock Critical Care Series – Metabolic causes of coma ICU Delirium
Lipid management and prevention ID Lecture Finance Series – Liability Insurance
Approach to Arrhythmia Wellness Session Critical Care Series – Targeted Temperature Management
Defining Myocardial Infarction Case Report Board Review
MICU Case Report Pulmonary Embolism: Risk Stratification and Therapeutic Options Finance Series – Financial Advice and Words of Wisdom from Practicing Clinicians
Hypercalcemia, primary hyperparathyroidism​, and male hypogonadism​ Wellness Session Rheumatology Topics
Approach to ‘Code stroke’ MSK Series – Knee Joint: Common pathology, exam, and injection sites Board Review
Breast Pathology and Exam for the PC Wellness Session Wellness Session
Lung Cancer Acute Surgical Emergencies Board Review
Multiple Myeloma Adult Immunizations Finance Series – Back Door Roth IRA
Lymphoma Social Worker Resource – Depression/Anxiety/Panic attacks Board Review