Conway Regional Internal Medicine program faculty are fully committed to fostering a high-quality learning environment for residents. Internal Medicine didactics will occur over lunch conferences 3 to 4 days per week. The competency-based curriculum is heavy on fundamentals of Internal Medicine practice. Every year in July, we will review a core list of topics that will enlighten interns who are just starting and will refresh upper level residents about what aspects are most important.
We will also conduct hands on training with procedure workshops on occasional scheduled academic half-days. These workshops will allow residents to receive instruction and receive simulated procedure training for common Internal Medicine procedures including: central venous line placement, intubation, thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, suturing, superficial abscess drainage, joint aspiration, and joint injection.
In addition to didactic sessions, we will also have opportunities for organized learning scheduled regularly including morning report, grand rounds, and morbidity and mortality conference.
Themes our program highlight are:
- Infectious Disease
- Emergency Medicine
- Pain/Palliative Care
- Behavioral Health
- Health Maintenance/Preventative Care
- Medical Decision Making/Evidence Based Medicine
By the end of PGY1, all residents will complete a poster for case presentation.
During PGY2, all residents will work on a quality improvement project and either write an article or create a poster related to this project which should be completed by the beginning of PGY3.
During PGY3, all residents will complete a practice improvement project, which is required by the ABFM to be considered board eligible.
Our curriculum is designed to give our residents the chance to practice their best and to pass their licensing exams. Whether you choose to practice in a hospital setting, in clinic, or proceed to specialty training, you will be prepared for the next step.
We also intend to produce leaders for tomorrow from our program. Many of the difficulties in the practice of medicine are not about medical knowledge, but rather about how to deal with people. We will have topics such as leadership, conflict resolution, and professionalism built into our curriculum to prepare residents for this.
- Teaching the required skills
- Providing needed resources
- Fostering confidence within residents to practice comprehensive internal medicine in any setting
At the clinic, we are committed to providing high-quality, personalized care for all our patients. Residents will practice primary care under the supervision of board-certified physicians, alongside interdisciplinary team members to provide quality team-based care.
To support the culture of scholarship, the resident will approach patient care with a spirit of inquiry that will last his/her entire career. The goal is for the resident to broaden his/her skills in scholarship including critical review of literature, evidence-based medicine, research methodology, data analysis, and scientific writing. Resident scholarly activity will be written publications and presentations at scientific meetings, Journal Clubs, and Mortality & Morbidity conferences at Conway Regional.
Residents will work collaboratively with members of the teaching faculty during their scholarly pursuits. If accepted, residents will be supported by the program and by Conway Regional to develop oral presentations, posters, or workshops in the local, regional, and national arenas. In the first year of training, residents will be engaged in quality improvement, patient safety, and research initiatives in collaboration with teaching faculty.
Scholarly activity is a requirement for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The expectation is that residents will submit a poster presentation, abstract, or journal article for publication or complete a 30-60-minute presentation to their peers and faculty by the end of the second year of training. Additional interest in research or scholarly activity is encouraged but not required.
Residents will have opportunities to write Case Reports for submission for publication as well. And, we hope to have opportunities for participation in clinical trials or individual research interests as we grow our academic activities at Conway Regional.