Internal Medicine Curriculum

  • Internal Medicine CurriculumA typical day during inpatient service at Memorial University Medical Center looks like this:

    • 7-7:30 a.m., Patient handoff and sign-out rounds
    • 7:30-9 a.m., Resident work rounds
    • 9-10 a.m., Morning report (inpatient teams only)
    • 10 a.m-12:30 p.m., Attending rounds
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lunch conference
    • 1:30-4 p.m., Work rounds and inpatient duties; complete attending rounds, if needed
    • 4-4:30 p.m., Afternoon patient handoff and sign-out rounds
    • 9 a.m.-noon OR 1:30-5 p.m., Half day of outpatient continuity clinic per week

    Educational conferences have varying formats and are a large part of our program. Our conferences complement our curriculum and include team-based learning, case presentations, Journal clubs, and much more. These conferences are highly rated and well attended. An explanation of each conference is provided below.

    Morning Report
    Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9-10 a.m. for all house staff and faculty currently on medical wards. This is a resident-driven conference in which one to two cases recently admitted are presented to a teaching faculty member for an in-depth interactive teaching session focusing on differential diagnoses, treatment modalities, and interpretation of laboratory and radiographic data.

    Internal Medicine Curriculum SavannahTeam-Based Learning
    This is an active learning initiative that has generated considerable excitement. Residents are divided into teams to develop in-depth understanding about various medical problems. Half of the residents attend the morning session and half attend in the afternoon.

    Resident Career Enhancement
    A career-enhancement program is scheduled monthly. This covers areas such as obtaining a job, contracts, overhead, healthcare financing, bank loans, disability insurance, setting up an office, promoting a practice, how to get a fellowship, and opportunities in clinical research.

    Grand Rounds
    Conferences are held on Fridays from 8-9 a.m. in the state-of-the-art Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial University Medical Center. Distinguished and renowned guest lecturers present a broad spectrum of topics.

    Performance Improvement Conference
    Scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of every month, this conference provides a forum where faculty and residents can examine current cases in an effort to provide continuous quality assessment and improvement.

    Noon Core Conferences
    These daily meetings are held Monday through Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., for all house staff and teaching faculty. There is a three-year revolving curriculum addressing all aspects of internal medicine in preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine Examination given by subspecialist and general medicine faculty.

    Evidence-based Medicine (Journal Club)
    Four to five formal evidence- based medicine conferences are scheduled per month. The residency is divided into four teams, with one team presenting two articles each week. These conferences provide comprehensive coverage of emerging evidence and the format ensures that the content is current with the medical literature.

    ACGME Competencies
    These monthly conferences use innovative methods to teach important concepts regarding the six competencies.

    Monthly Board Tests
    Once a month, the residents take an internally prepared test based on specific areas of internal medicine.

    Tumor Board
    This multidisciplinary conference is attended by radiation oncology, pathology, hematology/oncology, surgery, and residents on hematology/oncology service (or any other rotation). The board discusses interesting oncology cases and upcoming evaluation and treatment plans.

    Outpatient Internal Medicine Clinic
    Interns and residents spend a half day each week in their own continuity clinic and provide hospital follow-up care to patients seen at Memorial University Medical Center (occurs pre-call day if on medicine wards). Our Center for Internal Medicine clinic allows residents to practice medicine in a real-life private-practice setting.