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Curriculum

Our residents enjoy a balanced curriculum and a wealth of educational opportunities. The conference schedule below highlights some of the formal conferences that are attended by each resident.

The most important teaching and learning involves direct patient care coupled with immediate access to faculty as well as a robust free online library.Our rotation schedule and curriculum span the wealth of diversity in internal medicine and patients cared for by internists.

Highlights of our curriculum include fundamental training that is balanced between inpatient and outpatient settings as well as between general medicine and subspecialty medicine.Each resident has a research/career elective in the first year which allows direct career and research mentoring to begin formally early in training.

Each resident is directly exposed to each subspecialty area within the first two years of training while having ample elective time to pursue other career-oriented rotations and/or research. Residents are competitive and well-trained for any career path they choose.

Rotation Schedule

PGY 1
RotationLength
Wards Intern*6 months
Cardiology1 month
ICU1 month
Emergency Department1 month
Infectious Diseases1 month
Rheumatology1 month
Career Planning/Research**1 month

*one month occurs at Maricopa Medical Center
**allows one month of supervised career mentoring, planning and research based upon needs of intern

PGY 2
Rotation Length
Wards Senior2 months
Cardiology1 month
Endocrine1 month
Neurology1 month
Hematology1 month
Nephrology1 month
Oncology1 month
Pulmonary1 month
Gastroenterology1 month
Electives1 month
Geriatrics1 month
PGY 3
Rotation Length
Wards Senior4 months
Cardiology1 month
ICU1 month
Night Float/Consults2 months
Arizona State University
Adolescent or Sports Medicine
1 month
Acute Illness (Urgent Care) 1 month
Allergy/Ambulatory Med1 month
Elective1 month

Conference Schedule

Morning Report

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m., led by chief resident. Staff, interns and residents on hospital rotations attend and discuss interesting cases and associated topics. Morning Report meets twice a month in the Simulation Center.

Noon Conference

Monday through Friday, noon, attended by staff and all interns and residents on every rotation. Staff physicians lecture on area of expertise in internal medicine, practice or research.

Morbidity and Mortality

Monthly Department of Medicine where interns, residents, fellows and specialty staff discuss 1-2 cases led by an intern or resident, with expert commentary from various fellows and staff.

MERIT

Monthly Department of Medicine evidence-based medicine conference with clinical question posed and searched by a resident or fellow under the supervision of evidence-based expert staff. Includes questions and answers regarding evidence-based medicine principles and practice as well as clinical experts on topics.

Grand Rounds

Weekly Department of Medicine conference where all staff, fellows, residents and other guests attend, with a variety of intramural and invited expert speakers.

ECG Conference

Monthly noon conference led by cardiology fellows aimed at teaching residents and students ECG interpretation and pattern recognition.

Issues in Medicine

Quarterly conference with all Mayo Clinic Arizona residents and fellows aimed at common issues that cross into all programs.

ACP Quarterly Journal Club

Residents and staff participate with other internal medicine programs in the Phoenix area in journal club in a social and collegial atmosphere.

Journal Clubs

Led by staff, intern or resident, from formal to casual settings. Required, if during regular work hours on a specific rotation. Optional, if more casual after-hours setting.

Department-Specific Conferences

Usually led by staff or fellows. Can be topic based, research based, or a formal journal club format.

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