Curriculum/Rotations

MEDICINE ROTATIONS

  • Inpatient/Wards – Call every 4th night
  • General Internal Medicine Ward Service
  • Admitting Resident

SCHEDULES

First year residents can be expected to have approximately 9 months of inpatient internal medicine exposure to provide a broad experience in general medicine. Residents have a half day of continuity clinic every week along with two months of elective rotations during the first year. Interns serve as the primary physicians responsible for the patients under their care. They provide the initial assessment of the patient, and are supported by a member of the teaching team who will supervise the resident.

Second year residents are responsible for the supervision of first year residents, students, and the overall operation of the clinical service. They provide instruction to students and first year residents. They can also expect to spend time in elective sub-specialty rotations, including ambulatory medicine. The residents will continue to attend their ongoing outpatient clinics.

Third year residents have the opportunity to spend increasing amounts of time on elective rotations. They may, however, be involved in supervision of ward services as well. Third year residents will continue to be active in the ambulatory clinic in order to perform a tutorial role for younger residents. Third years may also elect to spend time involved in one of the many research opportunities available at Mercy Health – St. Vincent’s during their elective time. Residents will be encouraged to prepare scholarly presentations for regional or national meetings.

Electives:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Ambulatory Core Curriculum
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ethics
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine
  • Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Office Orthopedics
  • Office ENT
  • Office Gynecology

DIDACTICS

TRAINING PROGRAM

The Internal Medicine Residency will emphasize comprehensive training in ambulatory and inpatient general internal medicine and sub-specialties. The residents will have the opportunity to work in areas of academic or community based internal medicine practice or to pursue training in various medicine sub-specialties.

CONFERENCES

Numerous teaching conferences are held on a regular basis at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. Residents are encouraged to attend most of the teaching conferences as the topics covered in conferences are meant to address clinical scenarios commonly seen on the wards. Because of the patient care responsibility, residents may not be able to attend all conferences, but it is expected that they will attend 100% if rotations allow.

CORE CURRICULUM CONFERENCES

A set of core conferences has been developed to cover important clinical topics. These teaching sessions help to prepare the first year resident to efficiently manage various medical emergencies. Second and third year residents also attend these meetings. All first year residents will receive training and certification in advanced life support before starting training.

MORNING REPORT

Morning report is held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 -8:30 a.m. Attendance at morning report is mandatory for residents and medical students. Residents select and present patient cases, providing a full description of the clinical work-up, diagnosis, and treatment. A faculty member is always present to guide and supervise the discussion. Based on the excellent opportunity to learn and the nurturing educational environment, morning report at St. Vincent is extremely popular with residents and students.

XRAY CONFERENCE

A weekly x-ray conference is held every Friday morning. Residents are instructed in the interpretation of radiological studies. This conference is conducted by Dr. Vijay Mahajan, program director and recipient of the “Best Volunteer Clinical Teacher” in the United States by the American College of Physicians and Academy of Internal Medicine. Once again, this remains a very popular conference on our campus.

CARDIOLOGY CONFERENCE

Cardiology faculty conduct a weekly cardiology conference. Residents are instructed in EKG interpretation and management of various cardiac disease complications.

JOURNAL CLUB

Journal Club is held monthly. Journal articles will be discussed under close supervision of a faculty member. Residents learn to critique medical literature and learn from recent advances in medicine.

CPC AND MORBIDITY CONFERENCE

This conference is held monthly. Faculty and residents from Internal Medicine, Radiology, and Pathology participate.

In addition to the above conferences, additional specialty conferences are held at the medical center. Residents are encouraged to attend these conferences if their schedule permits.

 

Programs