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On behalf of my colleagues and our residency family, I welcome you to our website and thank you for learning more about our program.  I am thrilled to be in my third year as program director, helping to run a program in which I trained and where I’ve taught since 2003.  As a program faculty member, I’ve been fortunate to work with over 700 of the nation’s finest young physicians in our training programs.  Our program takes special pride in making our residents feel like part of a large extended family, supporting each other through a remarkable period of personal and professional growth.  This growth is nurtured by a dynamic clinical training environment at our three inpatient sites as well as our outpatient practices.  We also strive to offer individualized training experiences, cultivated by program mentors who help residents avail themselves of institutional resources and select training experiences best suited to personal needs.  We offer a wide variety of track experiences in the second and third years designed to allow residents to develop areas of professional interest and expertise.

I invite you to review this updated website for information about some of our program leadership, aspects of our curriculum, and the many opportunities offered through this residency program.  Any website offers the opportunity to share many tangible logistics, and I hope ours is useful in that regard.  In this space, I also want to touch on core program values, which can be harder to capture in an FAQ section.

Ours is a program that emphasizes and embraces the value of teamwork.  Year after year, residents report that the best part of the program is the supportive, collaborative atmosphere to which we aspire, and which is sustained and promoted by the residents themselves.  Many residents entering our program have been the recipients of a number of individual awards, and we maintain a focus on individualizing the curriculum to best serve each individual.  That said, we measure success by how well we all, as a team, provide care for our patients and support each other through career growth and exploration.  As members of a vibrant multicultural city, our program cherishes diversity, and seeks to attract, promote, and retain residents who add richness to our culture and wisdom to our community. We are proud to partner with other organization within UPHS and the University in a concentrated effort to expand a community of diverse healthcare providers. We value open and honest communication, and seek feedback that allows us to continually improve our program and its component structures.  We appreciate our roles in society and in our community, and seek to provide valuable service therein.

We support our residents through a comprehensive and evolving wellness program that acknowledges the challenges of residency training and creates peer and faculty support networks while providing funded social opportunities outside the hospital.  Even as we tinker locally to try to find effective wellness strategies for our house staff, several members of our program and departmental leadership are actively engaged with national organizations that shape national policy in the wellness arena.  We are firmly committed to ensuring that residents, who give so much of themselves in support of their patients and colleagues, are supported appropriately through the challenging but ultimately rewarding years of intense clinical training.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide additional information.

Warm regards,

Todd Barton, MD
Program Director

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The Residency training program in the Department of Medicine enables residents to acquire the foundational knowledge and skills that prepare them for the practice of general internal medicine and its subspecialties through inpatient rotations in general medicine and subspecialty services, outpatient continuity practice, geriatrics, emergency medicine, and a wide variety of elective experiences.

Goals

Candidates seeking training in our categorical internal medicine program should be those who seek…

  • To achieve excellence in the care of diverse patient populations, including hospitalized patients in three unique inpatient settings, and ambulatory patients across our outpatient practice sites;
  • To gain a comprehensive exposure to medical subspecialties through rotations in intensive care medicine, inpatient subspecialty services, and outpatient subspecialty experiences;
  • To acquire and polish foundational teaching skills through both practical opportunities teaching students and fellow house staff and through learning best practices in medical education;
  • To enhance research skills through the performance of mentored research projects, and have the opportunity to present successful projects in regional and national conferences;
  • To understand and be able to implement key concepts in quality and safety;
  • To recognize and mitigate bias and disparities in healthcare, both in the delivery of healthcare to our patients and our communities, and in
  • To promote and preserve personal wellness through participation in small and large group curricula and supported activities, and through a longitudinal curriculum designed to strengthen personal resilience.

Structure: 6+2 Block Scheduling System

All housestaff participate in the 6+2 block schedule, in which they spend up to six consecutive weeks on inpatient services, then spend two weeks in the ambulatory setting. This system is designed to introduce regular, predictable breaks from the more intense inpatient rotations, while also allowing separation of inpatient and outpatient responsibilities to allow each skill set to develop with an appropriate focus. It also creates four distinct cohorts within each class that facilitate mentoring and social activity scheduling.

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