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Internal Medicine Residency Program Curriculum

Post-Graduate Year 1:

  • Internal Medicine (Inpatient): 20-24 weeks
  • ICU/CCU: 8 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Cardiology: 4 weeks
  • Surgery: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory GYN:  4 weeks
  • Community Health: 4 weeks

Post-Graduate Year 2 and 3:

  • Internal Medicine (Inpatient): 40-44 weeks
  • Internal Medicine (Ambulatory): 8 weeks
  • ICU: 8 weeks
  • Pulmonology: 4 weeks
  • Behavioral Health: 4 weeks
  • Cardiology: 4 weeks
  • Endocrinology: 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics: 4 weeks
  • GI: 4 weeks
  • Hematology/Oncology: 4 weeks
  • Infectious Diseases: 4 weeks
  • Nephrology: 4 weeks
  • Neurology: 4 weeks
  • Rheumatology: 4 weeks
  • Research: 4 weeks
  • Electives: 12 weeks

Internal Medicine Residency Didactic Program

Morning Report

Held on each weekday from 7-8am. Will include case presentations and educational topic reviews.

Mortality & Morbidity

Mortality and Morbidity is a scheduled conference in which difficult medical problems and their complications are discussed by the residents and staff. Each resident is required to document all cases in which they were involved in the prior month to include diagnosis, procedures, and complications (if any). Residents will be prepared to discuss each complication in detail with pertinent materials (x-rays, pathology, labs, etc). Cases to be selected from the updated M&M list by Program Director.

Lectures/Conferences

Internal Medicine residents will utilize a portion of the Family Medicine curriculum and participate in selected Wednesday afternoon didactic sessions. Other separate sessions will be developed and scheduled over the lunch hour to meet the educational needs of the residents.

  • Cardiology Conferences will be coordinated by the Iowa Heart Center.
  • Residents on Surgery rotation will attend their weekly Grand Rounds.
  • OMM Conferences will be coordinated through faculty at the Des Moines University.

Multidisciplinary Conferences

Mercy Medical Center offers a variety of conferences that are scheduled by the Medical Staff and Medical Education Offices and announced through their monthly calendar.

  • Cancer Conference – every Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm in East Tower Conference Room 8
  • Grand Rounds – 3rd Tuesday of select months at 7:30 am in East Auditorium
  • Gynecology Cancer Conference – every Friday at 7:30 am in East Tower Conference Room 8
  • Hematology Cancer Conference – 1st Friday of each month at 7 am in East Tower Conference Room 8
  • Lung Cancer Conference – 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 am in East Tower Conference Room 8
  • Neuroscience Conference – 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am in East Tower Conference Room 7
  • Neurology/Radiology/Neurosurgery (N/R/N) – 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon in East Tower Conference Room 8
  • Neurosurgery Grand Rounds – 1st Tuesday of month on a quarterly basis
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care Case Review – 2nd Tuesday of month on a quarterly basis at 7 am in East Tower
  • Stroke M&M – TBD
  • Trauma Conference – 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 am in East Auditorium
  • MCI Quality Conference – 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am in the Hines Board Room

Journal Club

Senior residents will schedule monthly evening journal club meetings to include guest speakers as available. An important aspect of residency training and practice is to maintain an appreciation of contemporary knowledge and advances as they occur. This is achieved by attending meetings and conferences, review of the literature and daily discussion with colleagues. The development of skills in critical appraisal of the medical literature is an important aspect of this Journal Club. All residents will be asked to participate in discussion of selected reports from the current literature.

Des Moines University

Simulation Laboratory

Residents will participate in SIM lab as part of the orientation process. This session includes debriefing by faculty.

Standardized Patient Assessment Lab (SPAL)

Residents have the opportunity to have their patient interviewing and communication skills tested. Feedback provided by program faculty.

OPTI Resident Education Days

Held two times per year (April and September) to include SIM Lab, Skills Lab, OMM, and Professional Development.

Student Teaching

In addition to student teaching at the hospital on the internal medicine service residents will periodically be requested to give lectures and or supervise student skills labs.

ACOI In-Service Examination

This annual exam serves as an assessment tool and check point for residents in training. It provides Program Directors with data regarding each resident’s level of knowledge as compared to other osteopathic internal medicine residents across the U.S.

Scholarly Project

Residents are required to develop a research project/paper according to specifics guidelines set forth by the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC) of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

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