St. Mary's Medical Education

The goal of the Internal Medicine Program is to train caring, compassionate, and competent physicians that will provide the highest level of medical care for their patients. Our patient-based teaching will include direct interaction between the resident and faculty, bedside teaching, discussion of pathophysiology, and the use of current evidence in diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have adopted six general competencies for residency training. The resulting standards are listed below and are embedded in our residency program:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems-Based Practice

Academic Half-Day and Core Conferences

Our residents participate in interactive sessions at an Academic Half-Day, led by our Internal Medicine faculty. The sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon. The Academic Half Day topics are based upon the core curriculum of Internal Medicine. The interactive sessions include lectures, case presentations with discussion, web-based content, and podcasts. The sessions afford each resident an opportunity to review all of the core curriculum topics. In addition, the sessions provide opportunities for residents to interact with other subspecialty faculty in educational sessions.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program schedules educational conferences throughout the year. These include the following:

  • Journal Club
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morning Report
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Clinical Rotations

Participation in a residency program based in a community hospital setting provides a wide variety of clinical experiences and training opportunities.

St. Mary’s Hospital is dedicated to meeting the total health care needs of the community by providing care through specialized inpatient service teams.  Residents work and train alongside these dedicated groups of physicians during all three years of the training program.  St. Mary’s hospitalists, intensivists, and the region’s first neurohospitalist program ensure seamless patient care and treatment.

The Internal Medicine Program also provides ample experiences in different subspecialty and elective outpatient settings.  Subspecialty rotations include cardiology, inpatient neurology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, infectious disease, geriatrics, nephrology, rheumatology, palliative care, and more.  Elective rotations are available in various specialties including allergy and immunology, dermatology, ENT, medical ophthalmology, non-operative orthopedics, office gynecology, psychiatry, sleep medicine, and many more.

Residents will have regular ambulatory practice exposure throughout their training, including an intensive ambulatory month-long block.

The calendar year consists of twelve month-long blocks. The following is an example of the rotations by year:

Area

Blocks

Ambulatory Medicine 1
Adolescent/Young-Adult Med 0–1
Cardiology 1
Infectious Disease 0–1
Inpatient Medicine 5
Intensive Care Unit 1
Neurohospitalist Rotation 1
Night Medicine 1
Nephrology 0–1

Area

Blocks

Ambulatory Medicine 1
Cardiology Inpatient Med 1
Elective 2–3
Emergency Medicine 1
Endocrinology 1
Hematology/Oncology 1
Inpatient Medicine 2–3
Intensive Care Unit 1
Pulmonology 1
Rheumatology 0–1

Area

Blocks

Ambulatory Medicine 1
Electives 6
Geriatrics 1
Infectious Disease 0–1
Inpatient Medicine 2
Intensive Care Unit 1
Nephrology 0–1
Rheumatology 0–1
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