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Clinical Physiology Grand Rounds

Clinical Physiology Grand Rounds (CPGR) is a required component of the BIDMC PCE Curriculum.

CPGR is a monthly evening session held at BIDMC that is open to all HMS students from all classes, but the sessions are mandatory for BIDMC PCE students. The sessions are directed toward PCE-year students on their clinical rotations.


During CPGR, four PCE students (two pairs of two students) present two cases (one case per pair). Two additional students (MCQ Leaders) will work to develop shelf-style MCQs for the cases (one student per case). Cases are selected by the student-presenters from patients they have seen on their Clerkships and should focus on an element of one of the core topics listed here.


Student-presenters will work with CPGR core faculty to develop and implement their presentations (including the summary teaching points and shelf-style questions), with an emphasis on using interactive, active teaching strategies during the CPGR session. These sessions with the faculty are also opportunities for you to get personal coaching on the clinical and basic sciences underlying the case along with teaching tips!


The goal of CPGR is to vertically integrate basic science concepts, such as core concepts in anatomy, biochemistry, histology, physiology, and pathophysiology, with clinical practice topics. We emphasize understanding of key principles rather than transfer of pure factual content. If you can easily look it up (e.g., what drug do I give for ulcerative colitis), it should not be a focus of the presentation. The focus of the discussion should be on “why” and “how” questions rather than “what” questions.


The learning objectives of CPGR are:

At the end of the year students should be able to


  • Connect basics of physiology and pathophysiology with clinical cases seen in practice

  • Use inductive reasoning to create explanations for patient symptoms, clinical findings, and laboratory results

  • Formulate clinical questions that assess or reveal connections between underlying pathophysiologic processes and clinical signs or symptoms

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