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Objectives

It is our objective to see that residents learn:

  • To perform a thorough and efficient history and physical examination and to effectively communicate patient care information to patients and colleagues in a logical, organized and thorough manner.
  • To use laboratory data to support the findings on physical examination.
  • To interpret, appropriately, the results of diagnostic tests and determine how the results influence patient management.
  • To formulate and carry our plans of care based on both medical and psychosocial assessment with the patient's consent.
  • To develop a safe, cost-effective and evidence/outcomes based approach to patient evaluation and management plans.
  • To seek appropriate medical and surgical consultation.
  • To develop effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills with patients and colleagues.
  • To coordinate comprehensive care for a patient.
  • To be proficient in both basic (i.e. arterial puncture, pelvic exam, urethral catheterization, nasogastric tube insertion) and advanced procedural skills (i.e., lumbar puncture, central venous catheterization, arthrocentesis, thoracentesis, paracentesis, skin biopsy).
  • To understand medical-ethical principles and legal issues (advance directives, informed consent, confidentiality, professional-patient relationship) and their application in the practice of clinical medicine.
  • To develop the knowledge of the principles of nutritional assessment and intervention.
  • To assess and manage occupational and environmental health problems and promote interventions to decrease risk.
  • To use and critically review the medical literature.
  • To incorporate the use of computers in clinical practice.
  • To review deaths and correlate with clinical presentation.
  • To understand the unique health care needs, presentations, key management strategies and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to specific patient populations (i.e. geriatrics, adolescents).
  • To become familiar with practice management issues (i.e. time management, office organization and record keeping) types of practice settings and/or incorporations, types of insurance, use of staff, assessing patient satisfaction and continuous quality improvement issues.

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