Monthly intern assignments include 3-4 subspecialty wards and 4-5 general medicine wards. Interns also spend a month in the emergency room, in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and in ambulatory care.
Schedules vary depending on the rotation.All post-call interns and residents are relieved by 1 PM (or after 30 hours, whichever comes first). There are no post-call continuity clinics. Other schedules are as follows:
Medical University Hospital: Interns are on call q 4-8 depending on the rotation. Residents participate in a night float and short call system (5 pm-8pm) Sunday through Thursday night. Residents work as night float for approximately 22 nights per year. During the emergency room rotation, call is generally taken in 8 hour shifts, with four days on, then 36 hours off.
Medical Intensive Care Unit: Residents are on call q 4th night. Post call, they are finished after morning rounds, and have a short day on pre call days.
VA Medical Center: Team on call q4 with interns on call q8. Residents participate in a night float and short call system (5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) Sunday through Thursday night. The ICU is a combined MICU/CCU attended by both Cardiology and Pulmonary/Critical Care. Call is q3 in the ICU.
A variety of topics are covered at daily noon conferences. An intern conference is held once monthly. During July and August an Emergency Lecture Series is held, which focuses on common Internal Medicine emergencies and "cross-cover" issues. Throughout the remainder of the year, topics in subspecialty and general medicine diseases are presented. Other noon conference topics include M & M, CPC, journal club and senior resident presentations. While rotating on a service house staff may attend weekly specialty conferences for that service if they choose.
Programs are for two or three years, depending on the subspecialty and the orientation of the trainee. These programs provide the necessary prerequisites for acceptance by the subspecialty boards of the American Board of Internal Medicine by offering subspecialty clinical training, research and didactic educational opportunities.
About 70% of the department's house staff graduates seek additional training in subspecialty fellowships.
The Chief Medicine Residency