A Day In The Life

Our residents have the opportunity to participate in their own Med-Peds curriculum, as well as the variety of educational experiences that each categorical department has to offer at AMC.

Resident Education Day (REDD): Med-Peds residents have a dedicated and protected time during  the 2nd Wednesday afternoon of every block. During these sessions, residents learn from our Med-Peds- specific ambulatory curriculum, our learning to teach curriculum, board reviews,, quarterly journal clubs and quarterly musculoskeletal workshops led by our Med-Peds Sports Medicine faculty. We also use this time for our Med-Peds specific housestaff meetings.

Individualized Learning Plans (ILP): ILPs foster a commitment to lifelong learning and incorporate board exam preparation with career preparation. Residents work with their academic advisor and the program director to develop and execute their personalized study plan. ILPs are refined throughout the course of residency, with the goal of successfully passing the board exams and adopting a reliable learning style that will last an entire career.

Structured Clinical Observations (SCOs): Residents undergo frequent in-person evaluation of their clinical and communication skills during ambulatory encounters using either in-room or 1-way mirror observations. Additionally, one REDD session per year is dedicated to using the AMC Sim Center to evaluate resident clinical and procedural skills.

Both the categorical programs in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics also follow a standard curriculum that our residents participate in while on service. Some examples of these include:

Internal Medicine Highlights:

  • Morning report, Journal Club, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality, and weekly conferences on Ethics and Quality Improvement
  • Periodic hand-on sessions in the Patient Safety and Clinical Competency center during which IM and Med-Peds residents learn to be comfortable doing common in-hospital procedures including peripheral and central line placement, suturing, ultrasound, and running a code.
  • Weekly Team Based Learning (TBL) interactive sessions that exhaustively cover all topics that will be encountered on the internal medicine boards over a two-year time span.

Pediatrics Highlights:

  • Morning reports, noon conferences, and Grand Rounds led by our pediatric faculty.
  • Bread and Butter, Case management, morbidity and mortality, and joint Ob/Gyn-NICU conferences led by our talented Pediatric and Med-Peds residents.
  • Periodic hands-on sessions in the Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center (PSCCC), which is the home of our pediatric ultrasound, mock code simulation, and NICU boot camp curriculums. The center is also used for training in a myriad of other topics.
  • PedSTAR (Scholarly Track for Advocacy and Research) Block is a pediatric specific 4-week intensive experience during which interns receive in depth and immersive training related to advocacy and research. By the of the block, Med-Peds interns will be set up to complete either a longitudinal advocacy or research project by the end of their four years.
We love to eat (and learn): Hanging out and eating dinner after REDD
Medicine Pediatrics
PGY-1 Wards/Nights – 3 blocks
MICU – 1 Block
Elective – 2 Blocks
ED – 1 Block
Wards/Nights – 2 Blocks
NICU – 1 Block
Newborn Nursery & General Outpatient Peds – 1 Block
Newborn Nursery & Urgent Care Peds – 1 Block
STAR – 1 Block
PGY-2 Wards – 2 Blocks
CCU – 1 Block
Elective – 2 Blocks
PCMH – 1 Block
Wards – 2 Blocks
PICU – 1 Block
Developmental Pediatrics – 1 Block
Elective – 2 Blocks
ED – 1 Block
PGY-3 Wards – 2 Blocks
MICU – 1 Block
Neurology -1 Block
Elective – 3 Blocks
Wards/Nights – 2 Blocks
NICU – 1 Block
Elective – 3 Blocks
PCMH – 1 Block
PGY-4 Wards – 1 Block
CCU – 1 Block
Elective – 2 Blocks
Geriatrics – 1 Block
PCMH – 1 Block
Wards – 1 Block
Individualized Months – 1 Block
Elective – 3 Blocks
Adolescent Medicine – 1 Block

PCMH: Patient Centered Medical Home (“clinic block”);
STAR: Scholarly Track for Advocacy and Research