General Curriculum Overview
Residents rotate on ward services, consult services, and in the ER at two teaching hospitals - Medical University Hospital, including the new Ashley River Tower, and Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Our primary care clinic is located at University Internal Medicine in Rutledge Tower. This comprises the setting for the outpatient experience. Clinical support teams at each institution minimize the amount of time residents spend on support functions.
The Medical University opened a new hospital, Ashley River Tower (ART), on January 7, 2008. The new facility has 641,000 square feet consisting of 156 beds, including 32 ICU beds, 9 operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, Interventional Radiology Laboratories, endoscopy suites, and a specialized Chest Pain Center, as well as out-patient offices.
In-patient Medicine services at the Medical University Hospital consist of four General Internal Medicine Services and several subspecialty services including Cardiology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hematology, and Oncology. Consult services include Endocrine, Rheumatology, Cardiology, GI, Hematology, ID, Neurology, Pulmonary, and Renal. In addition, there is a General Medicine consult service run by a hospitalist and an upper level resident. Additional rotations include the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Residents may also elect to rotate on non-Internal Medicine services such as Dermatology, Psychiatry, Neurology, ENT, Women's Health, and Ophthalmology. There is also an uncovered General Medicine service staffed by Hospitalists.
The nearby VA Medical Center is staffed by full-time members of the department's faculty. Patients are cared for on four General Internal Medicine Services and a Geriatric Service where house staff play a substantive role in clinical decision making and see patients with a variety of acute and chronic medical problems. The Medical Intensive Care Unit is a separate rotation where both Cardiology and Pulmonary/Critical Care attendings round together with the house staff team.
In addition, subspecialty and general medical outpatient clinics at each of the hospitals give residents the opportunity to manage follow-up and continuing care of discharged patients under the guidance of full-time faculty.
House staff may choose to participate in basic science laboratories maintained by the department at both Medical University Hospital and the VA Medical Center. Residents may also join faculty on clinical research products.
The clinical training program provides house staff with extensive inpatient management and subspecialty consultation experience with a diverse patient population and an opportunity to maintain longitudinal care. The Internal Medicine program is made complete by additional training in the emergency room, intensive and coronary care units, geriatric ward and episodic outpatient units, and in rotations through non internal medicine disciplines such as dermatology, psychiatry, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and women's health.