Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program

Curriculum

The primary goal of Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program is to equip physicians with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to provide exemplary patient care. Throughout training, residents will receive ample opportunities to refine their communication skills, apply evidence-based practices to improve clinical outcomes, and develop innovative care delivery models to effectively meet the needs of our patients.

Mentorship and collaboration are critical components of our program. Residents will learn to practice as effective members of larger patient care teams. Overall, Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program hopes to instill residents with a patient-centered approach and a passion for making lives better.

Clinical Experiences

Primary Teaching Location

The Mercyhealth Riverside Campus will be a state-designated referral center that receives patients from a 15-county region. Our new campus will feature high-risk maternity, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, pediatric critical care, and adult critical care and trauma services. Located on the I-90 interstate, Mercyhealth Riverside Campus will enhance regional access to these critical, tertiary-level services.

Mercyhealth supports the educational goals of the internal medicine residency program by making its’ full extent of clinical offerings available to residents. The new Mercyhealth Riverside Campus will house 194 state-licensed beds, a Level 1 trauma center, a neonatal ICU, and 10 operating suites to accommodate for comprehensive cardiac, peripheral, neuro-interventional, minimally invasive and image-guided surgery, and adult and pediatric emergency medical and trauma services. Construction is scheduled to be complete in January 2019. Watch our progress live: Mercyhealth Riverside Campus.

Continuity Clinics

The outpatient experience is a critical part of medical training and is required by the American Board of Internal Medicine. It is designed to complement the inpatient experience and to help prepare residents for entry into the practice of office medicine. Morning clinics begin at 8 am and afternoon clinics begin at 1 pm. Each resident will accumulate a panel of patients for whom s/he will manage in consultation with the supervising attending. Residents will be involved in the care of their patients when they are admitted to the hospital and shall participate in the management of their patients between outpatient visits. Residents will be organized into firms who will cross-cover continuity clinic patients.

Residents will be supervised on all rotations by a board-certified physician at a ratio of one physician to three residents or less. This ensures a close, working relationship between residents, faculty, and the interdisciplinary care team for a holistic educational experience. Below is a model of our curriculum based on the belief that one must become a skilled generalist before becoming an expert subspecialist. In this way, our curriculum is designed to stair-step residents to the next level of patient care during each year of training. Residents achieve growth by developing along the ACGME Core Competencies and Milestones.

Academic Activities

The required conferences for the residents include noon-time conferences, Grand Rounds, and the academic half-day.

Noon-time Conference

A broad range of need to know topics is covered to help interns and residents deal with the urgent and emergency patient crises that they may encounter.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M)

M&M is a detailed review of the hospital course of a patient who had an adverse outcome. A junior or senior resident will present the clinical data. Radiologists and pathologists review the available studies as indicated. Residents, medical students, and relevant faculty attend this robust discussion of process and quality improvement.

Journal Club

Discussion-based session wherein residents learn to critically appraise original research and apply it to their clinical work. From these discussions and practice sessions, residents develop proficiency in the basic concepts of evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, study design, and biostatistics.

Simulation

We provide experience with various simulators throughout your residency at our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Residents spend three full days in the simulation lab during orientation and have quarterly small group simulation sessions for the duration of their residency following a case-based curriculum. Experiences include:

  • METI-Man®
  • Pelvic Exam and Breast Exam Simulator
  • Central Line Simulator
  • Lumbar Puncture Simulator

 

 

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