The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year primary care experience designed to develop well-rounded physicians within an urban setting. Its goal is to train the physician to view the patient as a whole person affected by family, society, environmental and economic factors, rather than solely as a disease entity. Residents gain experience in a collegial, multi-disciplinary environment caring for both ambulatory and in-patients.
Residents spend two-thirds of their time managing patients in the in-patient setting. The remainder of the time is in an ambulatory care environment. Graduated levels of responsibility throughout training enable residents to progress from a learner-primary care giver to a teacher-health team leader role. The in-patient rotations include the general medical patient floor, intensive care units, specialty care units such as cardiac telemetry, pulmonary, geriatrics, infectious diseases, etc. The emphasis in the outpatient experience is the longterm primary care management of patients. Residents will generally have two outpatient sessions per week throughout the three years in a variety of settings such as clinic, physician's offices, or other community-based projects. This is designed to simulate an office practice model residents may encounter upon graduation.
The teaching program includes a variety of learning experiences based on the written curriculum. These include daily management rounds followed by teaching rounds, weekly chief-of-service rounds, grand rounds, daily conferences and seminars, journal club, guest lectures, and board review and preparation courses.
1. Tell me about the teaching faculty?
The faculty members include salaried physicians, select members of the voluntary staff and consultants who provide additional clinical and non-medical expertise. All faculty members are committed to excellence in practice and education in their fields of study. There is a favorable faculty-to-resident ratio to enhance the learning experience.
2. What is the on-call schedule?
On-call duties for PGY-1 residents are every fourth day; a night float system of residents admits and manages patient at night. On-call duties average every sixth or seventh day for PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents; a night float team manages new admissions.
3. Are there medical students in the program?
Students from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, St. George’s University and other schools participate in departmental activities and assist the residents as team members on the floor. They also have weekly group teaching sessions with a preceptor, often the chairman of the department.
Madeline Betances, Residency Coordinator
Applications are accepted through ERAS.