A Multi‐Institutional Perioperative Medicine Retreat for Internal Medicine Trainees

1MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
2Louis Stoke Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
3Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2007, May 23-25, Dallas, Texas

Abstract number: 93


Perioperative medicine has gained increasing importance in both academic and community hospitals and has been identified as an area in which physicians feel inadequately prepared during training. Exposure to perioperative medicine continues to be highly variable in many institutions.


The goal of the study was to expose medicine residents to basic principles of evidence‐based perioperative medicine. Afurther goal was to begin to break down the “silo mentality” in large city internal medicine (IM) training programs by allowing residents from 4 different training programs to learn collaboratively.


We developed and implemented a half‐day retreat‐style educational program in perioperative medicine, utilizing both large‐and small‐group settings and didactic as well as interactive teaching. Faculty members were chosen from the 4 participating institutions based on both their topic expertise and their effectiveness as communicators. Conference topics included reduction of perioperative cardiac and pulmonary risks, postoperative fever, delirium, anticoagulation, corticosteroid treatment, and reduction of surgical risks in patients with liver disease. A total of 66 residents from 4 local IM residency programs, both university‐ and community based, attended the retreat. All attendees were asked to evaluate the retreat.


Attendees indicated that they found the retreat a beneficial introduction to the topic. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation data suggested that both the succinct didactic presentations and the interactive portions of the retreat were viewed as useful and that residents found the interaction with colleagues from other local institutions to be valuable. Our experience may serve as a template for others seeking new strategies for teaching perioperative and consultative medicine, as well as an example of an interresidency collaborative effort. Our citywide conference format provides important information to a large number of medical residents in a short time and supports the use of local or regional conferences to train residents in perioperative medicine.

Author Disclosure:

J. C. Pile, None; D. J. Pi, None; L. M. Spinelli, None; C. D. Packer, None; C. Kroen, None.

To cite this abstract:

Pile J, Pi D, Spinelli L, Packer C, Kroen C. A Multi‐Institutional Perioperative Medicine Retreat for Internal Medicine Trainees. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2007, May 23-25, Dallas, Texas Abstract 93. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2007; 2 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/a-multiinstitutional-perioperative-medicine-retreat-for-internal-medicine-trainees/. Accessed April 10, 2020.

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