Curriculum

The Internal Medicine Curriculum is a well-balanced mix of inpatient and outpatient experiences in general internal medicine and the subspecialties. This enables the resident to become an excellent primary care physician and provides a solid internal medicine foundation for the resident entering a subspecialty fellowship.

FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR THIRD YEAR
6 months of General Medicine Wards* 5 months of General Medicine Wards*
1 month of ICU**
1 month of Night Float**
5 months of General Medicine Wards*
1 month of Night Float**
1 month of ICU** 1 month of Emergency Medicine 1 month of ICU**
5 months of Electives/Selectives**** 4 months of Electives/Selectives**** 5 months of Electives/Selectives****

* During the general medicine ward months, residents are on-call every fifth night. All residents receive five days off per month (a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday). Additional vacation days are not permitted. PGY-1 residents will act act day-float on weekend afternoons and provide cross-cover for post-call team patients

** During the ICU months, residents work Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m. Residents are not on-call at night and have weekends off. Vacation days are not permitted.

*** During the night float month, PGY-2/3 residents will provide cross-cover for the teaching service patients from 9 p.m. - 8 a.m., Sunday - Thursday night. Additionally, they will admit up to 2 patients during the shift. Residents have Friday and Saturday night off. Vacation days are not permitted.

**** During the elective/selective months, residents work Monday through Friday. Residents do not take overnight call and are generally allowed to take up to five consecutive vacation days during the elective/selective months.

All elective and selective rotations are on campus.

The following is a list of Selective rotations that categorical residents must complete during their three-year residency:

1 month of Ambulatory Medicine 1 month of Hematology-Oncology
1 month of Cardiology 1 month of Infectious Diseases
1 month of Emergency Medicine 1 month of Nephrology
1 month of Endocrinology 1 month of Neurology
1 month of Gastroenterology 1 month of Pulmonary Medicine
1 month of Geriatrics 1 month of Rheumatology
1 month of Pain/Palliative/Addiction  

The following is a list of Elective rotations:

Ambulatory Medicine Hospitalist Private Practice
Cardiology Infectious Diseases Pulmonary Medicine
Dermatology* Nephrology Radiology
Endocrinology Neuro ICU Rheumatology
Gastroenterology Neurology  
Hematology/Oncology Ophthalmology*  

*Two weeks rotation. Can do combined month with 2 weeks each.



Patient Safety and Quality Improvement


The categorical residents will rotate to and participate in the following hospital committees for three month each: Sepsis, Peer Review, Infection Prevention and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee (QIPSC).

The categorical residents will also participate in one Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process for the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Conferences


Core Curriculum Lecture Series

The core curriculum lecture series is held at noon every Monday and Thursday. Faculty from each subspecialty of internal medicine present lectures covering basic science and pathophysiology. This series also includes lectures on neurology, psychiatry, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pain management, emergency medicine, dermatology, geriatrics, sleep medicine, and a variety of other topics.

Clinical Update in Internal Medicine

This conference is held every Wednesday at noon. Nationally recognized experts and our faculty are invited to present the latest updates in their field. Each month a different subspecialty of internal medicine is highlighted.

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement - Clinical Pathological Conference (CPC)

CPC is held one Friday a month at noon. A challenging case is presented by a resident and discussed by a faculty member after relevant imaging is presented by a radiologist. A pathologist then reviews pathology and the final diagnosis.

Potpourri

Potpourri conference is held two Fridays a month at noon. Residents present two of the most interesting patients seen in the last month. The presenting resident, faculty and program directors emphasize teaching points.

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement - Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference is held one Friday a month at noon. Residents present patients who expired or had unexpected complications. Teaching points and learning opportunities are emphasized by the presenting resident, faculty, and program directors.

Interns' Conference

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon, the interns meet with Core Faculty to discuss recent cases. Interns develop presentation skills and diagnostic abilities and gain an appreciation for pathophysiology of the disease state.

Morning Report

The program directors and core faculty conduct Morning Report daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 10:00 a.m. Cases admitted the night before are presented. Diagnosis and management are discussed. The conference is attended by upper level residents on the ward service.

Journal Club

A resident-led Journal Club is held twice a month on Tuesdays at noon. Residents and faculty participate in the discussion of recent medical literature, applying the concepts of evidence-based medicine and biostatistics to evaluate published research studies.

Residents' Conference

Once a year, each resident presents a one-hour talk on an internal medicine topic of his or her choice. This residents' conference is held every other Tuesday at noon.

Cardiology Conference

Residents are provided an in-depth review of cardiology topic hosted by a board certified cardiologist, Dr. Harper, every other Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM  
  • Interns' Conference
     
Noon
  • Core Curriculum Lecture Series
  • Journal Club
  • Residents' Conference
  • Clinical Update in Internal Medicine
  • Coffee with Cardiology every other week
  • Core Curriculum Lecture Series
  • Clinical Pathological Conference
  • Potpourri
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference


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