Residency structure and curriculum

Postgraduate Year I

  • Interns rotate on inpatient general medicine services at four separate hospital sites, including a night float rotation.
  • Interns have the opportunity to rotate for two months on subspecialty electives.
  • Participation in a continuous quality improvement project is also required.

Postgraduate Years II and III

  • Residents supervise on general medicine floors and rotate through subspecialties.
  • Senior residents are expected to be teachers and leaders for junior residents.
  • Opportunities for guided research are available and strongly encouraged.
    • Residents have the opportunity to present their work at local, regional, and national meetings.
  • Residents can become involved with organized medicine through participation in organizations such as the American College of Physicians, Society of General Internal Medicine, American Academy of Medical Colleges and the National Medical Association.

Ambulatory Training

  • The Internal Medicine Residency Program is excited to offer a 4+1 scheduling structure which enhances ambulatory training for residents.
  • With this new layout, each resident will spend four weeks on an inpatient or elective rotation, followed by 1 week in the clinic, accompanied by a "golden weekend".
  • Outpatient medicine opportunities are also available on subspecialty rotations.

Clinical Training

  • Supplemented with a set of didactic lectures which provide both depth and breadth in ambulatory education.
  • Residents attend an intensive educational retreat to improve teaching and supervising skills.

Educational Support

Residents have up-to-date resources available in each practice ensuring the care they provide is current.

Residents also receive formal instruction on presentation skills, including power point presentations.

Each intern will be assigned to an associate program director. The associate program directors will meet with interns monthly and advise them on such matters as learning from patients, dealing with stress, prioritizing, and balancing personal and professional demands. During the second and third years, residents who wish to pursue academic careers may choose an additional advisor in their area of interest. In this way, every resident has the considerable advantages of a large residency--patient population, faculty, and University -- as well as the warmth and camaraderie of a smaller program.

In-training Exams
The department supports resident feedback and evaluation including objective measures of assessment. Residents are required to take the American College of Physicians In-Service Exam.

Our graduates pursue a wide scope of careers, ranging from primary care to research-oriented fellowships. In the past three years, 30 percent of our residents have gone into general internal medicine, and 70 percent into subspecialties, while a number are pursuing careers as hospitalists.

Educational Conferences

The Department of Internal Medicine conducts numerous educational conferences. Teaching Conferences meet the needs of our house staff and faculty while emphasizing a lifelong learning commitment.

  • Resident morning report
  • Department of Medicine grand rounds
  • Core curriculum lecture series
  • Evidence-based medicine journal club
  • Subspecialty grand rounds and didactic sessions
  • Weekly board review seminars
  • Diverse patient population lecture series

For further Information contact:

Shaheena Raheem, DO
Assistant Professor & Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine