The first year of residency focuses mainly on training in internal medicine but also includes two months of neurology and one month of psychiatry (a board requirement). The PGY1 residents rotate through three hospitals:
Residents must develop competency in managing general medical conditions critical to caring for patients with neurological problems. The internal medicine months include two months on medicine subspecialty electives at St. Luke's (e.g., renal, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, or gastroenterology), one month in the Ben Taub Emergency Center, one month in the MEDVAMC Medical Intensive Care Unit, one month on the MEDVAMC cardiology, and three months on general medicine wards divided between Ben Taub and MEDVAMC. Additionally, residents spend one month on Consult/Liaison Psychiatry at MEDVAMC, one month on the General Neurology/Stroke Service and one month in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit, both at St. Luke's and one month. There is no continuity clinic requirement during the intern year.
Interns work two weeks of night float at MEDVAMC. There is no overnight call on Ben Taub wards.