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Curriculum & Schedules - Internal Medicine

Our curriculum is based on a pyramid model where each successive year builds upon the last.  The foundation is the PGY-1 year where residents learn how to survive as a physician.  Residents then build upon these skills as a PGY-2, learning how to lead.  In the final year, residents’ curricula are personalized to help them succeed in their future careers.
 

PGY-1 Year

How to Survive

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Residents learn data collection, synthesis,  and how to accurately and meaningfully present the information.  They learn how to prioritize the care of sick patients and identify those who require additional interventions.  During the year, they are exposed to inpatient, outpatient, critical care, and infectious diseases.

PGY-2 Year

How to Lead

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Residents begin to hone their leadership skills by leading teams in the inpatient and outpatient setting. They serve as committee and tribal leaders, they take over the program activities, such as Clinically Relevant Questions (CRQ) and quality improvement (QI) initiatives. During the year, they are exposed to inpatient, outpatient, electives, neurology, and emergency medicine.

PGY-3 Year

How to Succeed

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Residents are expected to correctly perform tasks with increasing independence. They must proficiently and effectively manage the complex medical patient and understand when there is a need for an appropriate referral. They will further improve their skills in communication and health promotion by teaching their peers and other members of the healthcare team. Senior residents gain leadership experience through consultations, hospitalist, rural medicine, geriatrics and Business of Medicine rotations.
 

By graduation, our residents are:

  • Able to provide patient-centered, high-value, cost-effective care
  • Embrace diversity and understand the impact health disparities have on medical care
  • Adept at using health information technology to improve the care and education of their patients and the community
  • Committed to life-long learning and professional development
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity and respect for others
  • Function effectively as leaders or members of a high-functioning health care team.

Graduate Medical Education Mission

Sample Curricula

AmbulatoryInpatient Medicine | Office Ambulatory | Rural Health | Seeing the Other Side (SOS) | Art of Doctoring | Ultrasound | Business of Medicine
 

Schedules

4+2 Schedule
The program runs on the 4+2 schedule model as a way to ensure resident well-being by preventing work compression.

Residents typically complete 4 weeks of an inpatient rotation (Wards or ICU) followed by 2 weeks of Ambulatory or an Elective.  During their inpatient rotations, they do not attend continuity clinics, allowing residents to focus on the patients that require their immediate attention.

 

PGY-1 Scheduler

  • Wards: 16 Weeks
  • Ambulatory: 12 Weeks
  • Night Medicine: 4 Weeks
  • ICU: 4 Weeks
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: 2 Weeks
  • Infectious Disease: 4 Weeks
  • Electives: 4 Weeks
  • Vacation: 4 Weeks

PGY-2 Schedule

  • Wards: 12 Weeks
  • Ambulatory: 12 Weeks
  • Office Ambulatory: 2 Weeks
  • ICU: 4 Weeks
  • Night Medicine: 4 Weeks
  • Seeing the Other Side (SOS): 2 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 Weeks
  • Neurology: 4 Weeks
  • Electives: 4 Weeks
  • Vacation: 4 Weeks

PGY-3 Schedule

  • Wards: 10 Weeks
  • Ambulatory: 12 Weeks
  • Office Ambulatory: 2 Weeks
  • Business of Medicine: 2 Weeks
  • ICU: 4 Weeks
  • Night Float: 4 Weeks
  • Geriatrics: 4 Weeks
  • Electives: 8 Weeks
  • Patient Safety & Quality Improvement: 2 Weeks
  • Vacation: 4 Weeks
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