Internal Medicine Residency Program
Unique Aspects of Our Curriculum and Work Environment
We believe that unique aspects of California Pacific Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency place it at the cutting edge of Internal Medicine training in the United States. Below are some of the features that we think will interest you.
Evidence Based Medicine Course and Journal Club
Given the voluminous amount of new medical knowledge published these days, it is vital that residents receive good teaching in how to read and evaluate the medical literature. This weekly 2 hour seminar occurs during residents' ambulatory rotations during their 2nd and 3rd years of residency. Taught in a highly-interactive format that is individualized to residents' learning needs, this course covers study design; how to evaluate articles on diagnosis, therapy, screening, prognosis, and meta-analysis; searching the medical literature, and medical statistics terms. During their elective rotations, residents apply these skills to choose and present an article for our monthly journal club. Journal club takes place over dinner at a faculty member's home.
Resident Leadership Lectures
This lecture series, also known as Management 101 for Physicians, began in the 2008-09 academic year and is an effort to better prepare residents for their roles as leaders of teams and enhance their skills in systems-based practice. Lectures include: Giving Feedback on the Fly, Managing Change, Conflict Resolution, and Effective Communication.
Residents As Teachers Curriculum
This portion of the curriculum began in 2005 during resident retreats with the goal of improving resident skills in teaching students, interns and patients. In addition to teaching-focused retreats, new noon lectures include: Learner Centered Education, Teaching on the Fly and How will you learn and teach as a busy resident?
Neurocalisthenics is a teaching technique developed at CPMC to aid in rapid recognition of word and symptom patterns in Board Review questions as well as in teaching sessions and patient care. It is utilized regularly by Chief Residents to teach at Residents' Report.
Images in Medicine
Images in Clinical Medicine are used regularly in Residents' Report to emphasize clinical training. Our clinical photo library contains a wealth of patient clinical findings, radiology images, blood smears and pathologic specimens at CPMC.
Residency and Faculty Shared Drive
The Shared Drive is available on most computers in the hospital and allows sharing of articles, files, talks, clinical photos, handouts and photos of fun house staff events, such as retreats, journal clubs and the end of the year graduation party. It has been invaluable in storing presentations done at noon conference and Residents' Report for residents and interns on off-site rotations, vacation or night float rotations so that they can easily review talks of interest to them.
"Common Things Are Common Core Collection"
This collection of articles is based on the most common diagnoses seen in most American hospitals. In theory, if a resident reads one of the core Internal medicine articles in the "Medicine" folder, he/she will see that disease within the week on the wards (e.g., cellulitis, community acquired pneumonia, upper GI Bleed, sepsis.) There are also multiple choice question sets written by the program directors for some of the articles which can be used to reinforce important learning points and to make reading the article more interactive.
This collection received a Commendation from the Residency Review Committee at our last ACGME site visit in 2006.
Quality Improvement (QI) Curriculum
Numerous interns and residents have participated in Quality Improvement projects over the last 2 years. They are educated about Quality Improvement by our QI Department and then focus in on areas of the hospital or patient care that they feel should be improved. We feel it is important for our residents to feel empowered to participate in change rather than feel like passive spokes in the wheels of patient care. Examples of these projects include: retrospective evaluation of PORT criteria and pneumonia admissions at CPMC. VTE prophylaxis compliance performance improvement plan, sliding scale insulin and blood sugar control on 2 selected nursing units at CPMC and addressing barriers to efficient patient flow in the outpatient clinic. Residents have presented these projects at regional and national meetings as well as at noon conferences.