Monthly Conferences

Research, Advocacy, and Policy (RAP) Series

RAP is a monthly seminar organized by senior residents for UHAT residents. UHAT residents have protected time to attend these sessions and are freed from their clinical duties for the afternoon when their schedule allows. The seminar topics vary based on senior resident interests, and they invite community leaders to speak with and teach residents. Past topics have included lobbying and health policy, featuring a Massachusetts lobbyist to run a skills session on effective communication with members of Congress. Another topic highlighted youth violence in the Boston area, inviting Street Smart, a local organization that works on the ground with high-risk youth to prevent instances of violence. Another focused on research in obesity using geo-mapping to identify food deserts and high-risk areas of obesity. The RAP series is one of the UHAT residents’ favorite seminars of the year, highlighting work that residents are passionate about in addition to introducing community and national leaders to our residency.

Basic Science Journal Club/Seminar

Residents teach at Basic Science and Clinical Science Journal Clubs

In this monthly conference, a resident selects a basic science article that illustrates a fundamental advance and has translational implications. He or she prepares a seminar designed to teach broadly about the topic as well as focus on the article or articles distributed in advance. One or two experts from the Boston area are selected by the presenter and invited to sit in and contribute to the discussion. Examples of recent topics include: highly specific new anesthetics, pitfalls in analysis of genomic data, auto-inflammation from escaped DNA, genomic screening for autism, microRNAs, diabetic autoimmunity, peptidomimetics, long QT syndrome, use of gene expression in new drug discovery, gene editing, and the molecular basis of gastrointestinal development.

Clinical Science Journal Club

Similar to the Basic Science Journal Club, the Clinical Science Journal Club is a monthly conference, moderated by a resident who selects and presents a clinically based research article with support from specific faculty. He or she prepares a seminar on the topic designed to foster a larger discussion of evidence-based clinical decision making. Besides discussing the clinical material, each session focuses on a specific biostatistics topic. Examples of recent topics include: a new targeted therapy for specific cystic fibrosis gene mutations, acyclovir after neonatal herpes, and screening for neuroblastoma.

Humanism Curriculum

Developed by one of the previous senior residents during her academic development block, this monthly seminar series for the interns and junior residents focuses on many of the difficult issues that physicians encounter regularly. Residents are assigned to a small group, including a faculty preceptor, with whom they meet throughout the year. The seminars focus on issues such as the difficult patient or family, balancing work and home life, dealing with death and dying, medical errors, and cultural diversity in medicine.