Our Educational Program

educationprogram.jpgThe residency program utilizes a 4+2 block rotational system with an ultimate goal of providing a well-rounded education in Internal Medicine and preparing residents for a variety of career opportunities following training:  Subspecialist, Primary Care Provider, Hospitalist, etc.  Residents in the program have unique opportunities to individualize their education through the CorePlus program.  This program allows residents to obtain unique skills to prepare them for their chosen career path or pursue special interests.  Residents are also able to choose longitudinal electives as part of their ambulatory blocks.  These electives provide distinct educational opportunities as well as opportunities to foster mentor relationships with faculty members.


Categorical Intern Schedule:

20 weeks In-Patient Wards

4 weeks Emergency Medicine

4 weeks Night Float (two 2-week blocks)

12 weeks Ambulatory (Primary care continuity clinic sessions and other ambulatory care experiences such as clinic sessions with dermatology, sickle cell, gastroenterology, oncology, etc.)

4 weeks Critical Care

8 weeks Subspecialty Consultative services (typically Infectious Disease, Nephrology, and Cardiology)

Preliminary interns follow a similar schedule, but we do individualize those schedules to best prepare for future training.


Ward Schedule:

The in-patient ward rotational schedule is designed around three basic principles: 1) patient safety 2) resident and medical student education 3) promotion of physician wellness. Our ward teams utilize a drip system for admissions allowing teams time for in-depth patient evaluation and education.  There are 4 traditional wards teams consisting of one upper level resident and 2-3 interns, 1 hospitalist team consisting of 3-4 upper level residents, and 1 float team consisting of 1 upper level resident and 2 interns.  The hospitalist team handles admissions from 6am-1pm to allow the traditional ward teams uninterrupted time for attending rounds, education and patient care.  The float team drip admits patients overnight and handles second call issues for ward patients. The schedule maximizes continuity and minimizes transitions of care.


Typical Schedule:

6am or 7am check-in

Alternating day 4 or 6pm check-out (earlier weekend check-out for 4pm teams)

< 1 overnight call/4 week block (12 hour shift only) for interns, no overnights for upper level residents on wards

1 day in 7 off

Protected time to attend educational activities


Lecture and Educational Conferences:

  • Noon report with the Chairman weekly
  • Academic half day weekly
  • Grand Rounds weekly
  • Journal Club monthly
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference monthly
  • Jeopardy with the Chief Resident monthly
  • Tumor Board monthly
  • Ambulatory half day weekly (for residents on ambulatory block only)
  • Other subspecialty conferences offered weekly/monthly


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