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Graduate Medical Education

Educational Activities

Transitional year
  • The curriculum is structured to fulfill all the requirements set by the AOA for the Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship and by the ACGME for a Transitional Year Residency. Each rotation is one month long.

    Variety of Required and Elective Rotations

    • The General Medicine Teaching Service
    • The Internal Medicine Subspecialties
    • Critical Care Rotation
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Palliative Care
    • Pediatrics
    • Radiology
    • Surgery
    • Women's Health

    See Rotations for detailed information about each of the following specialty areas.

  • To prepare our residents to enter their chosen specialty or assist them in deciding on a field of study, our program uses a wide variety of teaching tools. These include excellent clinical rotations, a structured curriculum of didactic conferences, workshops and on-line, self directed learning as well as simulation training.

    Our Educational Activities

    Well structured clinical rotations at the hospital, our ambulatory clinic and other ambulatory practices

    Didactic conferences

    Department of Medicine

    • Weekly Medical Grand Rounds
    • Noon Case Report – three times-a-week
    • Monthly Journal Club/Evidence-based Medicine Conference
    • Daily Subspecialty Conferences
    • Twice monthly Board Review
    • Morbidity and Mortality Review
    • High Value Cost Effective Curriculum
    • Bi-monthly ACGME Core Competency Conferences
    • Acute Care Conferences during the month of July
    • Ambulatory Care Conferences
    • Monthly Pharmacy Conferences
    • Pain Management
    • Basics of Medical Billing and Coding
    • Team STEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) training

    Departments of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Surgery

    • Education Day weekly – case based discussions, Grand Rounds, topic review, journal club, textbook review, morbidity and mortality review

    Department of Pediatrics

    • Daily topic discussions
    • Participation in Family Medicine Grand Rounds

    Monthly Osteopathic Conferences


    • Procedural workshop
    • Mock codes
    • Mock rapid response team scenarios
    • "How to give an effective ‘hand-off'" – part of program orientation
    • "How to search the medical literature" – part of program orientation

    Small group discussions & workshops

    • Weekly case-based discussions using Yale modules of ambulatory topics
    • Case-based discussions as part of teaching rounds

    On-line learning

    • Hopkins modules on ambulatory topics
    • Patient safety modules
    • CITI training- On-line research education program

    Participation in quality improvement projects, research & hospital committee membership

    • Residents and faculty work on projects to improve care delivery in the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • The Clinical Experience

    • Residents are the primary care physicians for their panel of patients over their year of training
    • Ages range from 18 to geriatric
    • Spectrum of visits
      • Health maintenance and promotion – a major emphasis
      • Acute episodic illnesses
      • Chronic illness management
      • Pre-operative evaluations

    The Teaching Experience

    • Excellent faculty-to-resident ratio to promote timely feedback, discussion and review of cases
    • Weekly review of case-based discussion of common ambulatory problems based on the Yale ambulatory conference series – 40 ambulatory topics reviewed
    • On site pharmacist faculty member from Wilkes Nesbitt College of Pharmacy to provide resident teaching and provide patient consultation and education
    • Twenty referral specialty clinics to provide teaching and to assist in patient management
    • Opportunity to participate in quality improvement projects
    • Opportunity to work with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and case managers

    Other Ambulatory Training Sites
    Residents have the opportunity to rotate in a variety of teaching faculty offices and specialized centers.

    Elective rotations include:

    • Behavioral Health
    • Dermatology office
    • ENT office
    • Ophthalmology office
    • Orthopedic office
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Sleep Center
    • Women's Health Clinic