Department of Medicine

Curriculum

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In addition to the clinical training that takes place on general medicine and subspecialty inpatient and outpatient rotations, our program offers the following additional curricular elements:

  • Resident-led morning report daily at each hospital
  • Noon conference daily at each hospital
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds weekly
  • Wednesday School (academic day that includes ambulatory didactics, QI projects, High Value Care seminars, journal clubs, and resident-as-teacher workshops plus simulation sessions and procedure training) every other block
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Innovative Educational Programs

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The Internal Medicine Residency at BCM is known for its educational innovations, with many initiatives having been shared across the country via publications and national presentations & workshops. Our innovations include the following:

• Distinguished Educator Pathway: all residents interested teaching may participate in the Academy of Resident Educator curriculum and earn a certificate of distinction in medical education by the end of residency training.

• Intern Bootcamp: annual day-long event during intern orientation in which PGY1s discuss common clinical scenarios one-on-one with a resident or faculty facilitator, practice safe patient handoffs, and review core skills such as calling consults, writing notes, and developing life-long learning habits during residency.

• Longitudinal Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Curriculum: year-long course that uses independent study, faculty-led didactics, and small group skills practice sessions to teach internal medicine-focused POCUS skills.

• Wednesday School: academic half-day that each resident experiences every two months with a varied curriculum that includes clinical didactics, resident-as-teacher workshops, clinical reasoning sessions, reflection and self-care skills, and many other areas.

• Clinical Simulation & Procedure: at the state-of-the-art simulation lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center, residents spend Wednesday School afternoons participating in rapid-response simulation scenarios and practicing procedure and ultrasound skills.

• Upper Level Boot Camp: annual half-day of workshops that take place during Wednesday School for end-of-year PGY1s to prepare them for clinical leadership and team management roles as an upper level resident.

• Cardiology Boot Camp: In collaboration with the Texas Heart Institute, BCM cardiology faculty & fellows lead this annual day-long workshop to teach interested residents important cardiology topics, such as Hemodynamics 101 or Intro to the Cath Lab.

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Research

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Located in the Texas Medical Center, residents have access to many research opportunities spanning from bench basic science research to translational to clinical. Residents have access to a research brochure updated yearly by each of the subspecialty departments. The brochure lists all active faculty members and their active research projects.

Each year, the department of medicine hosts a House Staff research symposium where residents are invited to present research and clinical abstracts. Winners of the symposium are then asked to present at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.

During the PGY2 and PGY3 year, residents can apply for the clinical research elective to spend dedicated months focused on research.

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Schedule

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Our schedule system is the “Baylor 4+4,” which consists of thirteen4-week blocks during the academic year. We alternate between four weeks on a Blue rotation (primarily consisting of wards and ICU) followed by four weeks of a Gold block. Gold blocks can consist of four weeks on a subspecialty rotation or two 2-week ambulatory rotations. All continuity clinics fall on Gold blocks, allowing us to preserve the continuity of the inpatient experience on rotations such as ICU or wards. All residents also rotate at the same time, allowing us to maintain a large call pool for flexibility.

Resident schedules are all online as we use a physician scheduler called Amion. The schedule can be easily visualized on amion.com and all of our residents also have access to the Amion phone application which allows them to see who is on call at any given time and visualize their own schedules with ease. The scheduler also allows for real time schedule changes.