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Goals

Residents who complete our internal medicine residency training program develop the competencies of an experienced practitioner in the areas of:



Patient Care
Residents provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. Residents:

  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families.

  • Gather essential and accurate information about their patients.

  • Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence and clinical judgment.

  • Develop and carry out patient management plans.

  • Counsel and educate patients and their families.

  • Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education.

  • Perform competently all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for the area of practice.

  • Provide health care services aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health.

  • Work with health care professionals, including those from other disciplines, to provide patient-focused care.

Medical Knowledge
Residents are knowledgeable about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (i.e. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. Residents:

  • Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
  • Know and apply the basic and clinically supportive sciences appropriate to their discipline.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Residents investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence and improve their patient care practices. Residents:

  • Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology.

  • Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients' health problems.

  • Obtain and use information about their own population of patients and the larger population from which their patients are drawn.

  • Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.

  • Use information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information; and support their own education.

  • Facilitate the learning of students and other health care professionals.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Residents demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families and professional associates. Residents:

  • Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.

  • Use effective listening skills, and elicit and provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning and writing skills.

  • Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.

Professionalism
Residents demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents:

  • Demonstrate respect, compassion and integrity; a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supersedes self-interest; accountability to patients, society and the profession; and a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent and business practices.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender and disabilities.

Systems-Based Practice
Residents demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. Residents:

  • Understand how their patient care and other professional practices affect other health care professionals, the health care organization and the larger society and how these elements of the system affect their own practice.

  • Know how types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another, including methods of controlling health care costs and allocating resources.

  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care.

  • Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities.

  • Know how to partner with health care managers and health care providers to assess, coordinate and improve health care and know how these activities can affect system performance.

Community Involvement
Residents become involved in their community and its well being. Residents:

  • Promote preventive health behavior.
  • Participate in community health screening.
  • Participate in volunteer activities in the community.

Lifelong Learning
Residents develop a personal commitment to and process of lifelong learning. Residents:

  • Sit for ABIM certification upon completion of their training.
  • Pass the ABIM certification examination on the first attempt.
  • Re-certify as required by the ABIM.
  • Participate in continuing medical education within the discipline.
  • Become involved in local and/or national professional societies.

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