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The Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conf.

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Drleog, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. Drleog

    Drleog New Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Surgery has implemented an exciting and innovative program called the M+M Matrix. This program transforms the weekly surgical morbidity and mortality conference in a complication-oriented year-long curriculum. It does it by codifying and distributing the lessons of the conference as a "matrix", i.e. a framework for building surgical knowledge. It has become a popular part of the surgical educational program.
    How to medical students and residents across the globe feel about the traditional surgical M+M conference?
    The M+M Matrix, based on feedback from many students, has become a powerful recruitment tool for surgery.
    Please forward any thoughts or questions to me as this program is adopted by other departments
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  3. dr.evil

    dr.evil Senior Member Physician 7+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2001
    Our M&M is pretty much a present and pimp session and then the attendings go around and argue on how things should be done or what's the better way... blah blah blah. I would love to hear ideas on how to make it a little more valuable for we residents.
  4. surg

    surg 10+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    I am always interested in more educational options. Our M&M is a fairly standard, present the case (by the operating resident), directed discussion with the moderator and the presenting resident, and discussion by the other attendings and residents present. Cases are selected from the weekly list of submitted complications and deaths. Any autopsies are presented by the pathologist as well.

    Please post the details or a sample of the matrix, or pm them to me if you'd rather not post them.
  5. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    I think the content of an m&m conference would have been pretty low on my list of criteria to differentiate b/w programs as an applicant
  6. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    Echoing other's thoughts...I'd like to hear more about it, but cannot imagine it being relevant as a recruitment tool. Surely, UCLA and Cedars have many other valuable resources to draw candidates/ ;)

    At any rate, anything that increases the educational value sounds good to me.

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