Curriculum and Schedule

At St. Clair Health, our physician mentors have expertise in all aspects of general and subspecialty internal medicine, providing residents with abundant and meaningful educational and patient care experiences.

We pledge an uncompromised commitment to clinical medicine and exceptional resident training.

3+1 Block schedule

The St Clair Health Internal Medicine Residency utilizes a 3+ 1 block schedule to optimize the educational experience in the ambulatory clinic, inpatient wards, intensive care unit and electives. Our residents complete 1 week in our Resident as PCP clinic followed by 3 weeks of each rotation in a repeating cycle over 13 blocks. By limiting interruptions in each respective rotation and short intervals between longitudinal continuity clinics, we aim to create a rich, dynamic educational experience.  From a well-being perspective, residents have a standing weekend free from clinical duties every 4th week.

The clinic model is designed to give learners an experiential blueprint for running a practice and empower them to pursue careers in outpatient medicine after practicing the skills essential for ambulatory care. During the continuity clinic block, there will also be opportunities to participate in community outreach, including the Bethel Park Farmer’s Market Blood Pressure Booth.

Sample Schedule:

Continuity Clinic

In our “Resident as PCP” continuity clinic, supervised Residents manage their own panel of patients over the course of their three years.  The 3+1 block schedule design prioritizes Residents’ clinic time and helps promote healthy, lifelong well-being to combat burnout in primary care.

The clinic model is designed to give learners an experiential blueprint for running a practice and empower them to pursue careers in outpatient medicine after practicing the skills essential for ambulatory care. During the continuity clinic block there will also be opportunities to participate in community outreach including the Bethel Park Farmer’s Market Blood Pressure Booth.

Specialty Care:  Residents will have scheduled experience in telemedicine, hospice and palliative care, addiction medicine, geriatrics and pain management.

 

Educational Activities:

The St. Clair Health Internal Medicine Residency program is committed to innovative educational initiatives and conferences, utilizing a diverse array of delivery methods beyond the traditional noon conferences. Our objective is to ensure that Residents have ample, protected opportunities for regular education.

Outpatient Professional Day (monthly):  Residents each have one day during their ambulatory clinic block dedicated to professional development activities. Content covered during these sessions could include writing abstracts, presenting a poster, running a successful outpatient practice, crafting a CV, exploring research methodology, describing quality improvement cycles, and participating in CITI training.

Noon Conference (weekly):  Faculty from addiction medicine, cardiology, critical care medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pain management, pulmonary and rheumatology provide didactics on key subspecialty concepts.

Grand Rounds (monthly): Faculty and invited speakers present practice changing lectures for the Residents and medical staff.

Multidisciplinary Morbidity, Mortality and Improvement Conference (monthly): Residents, faculty, nurses, pharmacists, risk management and quality improvement specialists participate in an interprofessional conference to identify and explore system level errors.

Clinical Reasoning Case Conference/Morning Report (Twice weekly): Morning Report style conference in which residents present a clinical case.  The residents are guided by the chief resident and faculty to develop a differential, discuss diagnostic testing and critique treatment options. The chief resident and faculty highlight teaching points from the case for the group.

Practice Changing EBM Conference/Journal Club (monthly): Residents receive training in appraising, critiquing, and translating scientific literature. Faculty role model scientific appraisal with a brief discussion of the evidence supporting standardized practice, medical myths or “things we do for no reason.”

Healthcare Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Conference (monthly): A combination of didactics, simulation and case discussions on topics including race, gender identity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, health equity and implicit bias.

Faculty Led Board Review (biweekly): Faculty lead residents in board review content using MKSAP or NEJM Knowledge+ relating to the current week’s noon conference topic to consolidate learning. 

Clinical Educator Conference (biweekly): A combination of didactics, workshops and hands on experience focused on developing clinician educator skills.

Simulation Station: (monthly) Simulation sessions focused on topics such as task training, codes, rapid responses, adverse outcomes, professionalism, multidisciplinary teamwork, difficult patient encounters, and delivering bad news.

Well-Being Conference: (monthly) A combination of didactics and workshops focused on resident well-being including topics such as imposter syndrome, adverse outcomes, medical errors, sleep/fatigue, gratitude, and optimism and mental health.

EBM Quick Hits: (weekly) We present weekly 10-minute seminal, practice-changing journal articles with input from Subspecialty Education Coordinators (SEC).

Additional Education

Upcoming Conference Schedule

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