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Curriculum

Conferences & Didactics



  • Morning Report — At UC Irvine Medical Center, morning report is held three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays). These are interactive case-based sessions that include a focus on clinical reasoning, the diagnostic thought process and evidence-based management for our residents. At VA Long Beach, morning report is held daily, using a variety of formats, including case-based conferences, morgue rounds and multidisciplinary M&M review.

  • Noon Conference — Noon conferences are held weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. at both the VA Long Beach and UC Irvine Medical Centers. Lectures include a variety of core curriculum topics, journal club sessions, M&M and Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

  • Board Preparation/Friday Academy — This is a unique three-hour, dedicated didactic session held each Friday morning. We start the morning with a Night Float case discussion, followed by subspecialty faculty spending one hour in a small, interactive session with residents to review their areas of expertise, ending with a one-hour session on MKSAP/board-related questions.

  • Bedside Ultrasound — We have created a longitudinal curriculum on bedside ultrasound training that focuses on key areas of importance for an internist. Education on using point-of-care ultrasound for cardiac assessment (ejection fraction and pericardial effusions), pulmonary (effusions, pneumothorax, edema/infiltrates) and vascular (AAA, IVC for fluid status) along with use of ultrasound for procedures will be covered.

  • Simulation Training — All three of our medical centers have on-site simulation centers for our use. Simulation sessions are integrated into ambulatory training weeks and cover topics such as ACLS, code leadership, airway management, sepsis and more.

  • Doctoring Skills Rotation — Several years ago, we instituted a longitudinal curriculum that incorporates fundamental aspects to enhancing the teaching skills of our residents. Small group sessions include topics such as providing effective feedback, teaching the physical exam, critical appraisal of the literature and effective lecturing. The PGY2 curriculum builds on these skills and also adds areas such as the business of medicine and community outreach.

Inpatient Medicine

Our residents rotate on the inpatient medicine wards, MICU and CCU services at UC Irvine Medical Center and the VA Long Beach. Additional experiences include the MICU at Long Beach Memorial and night coverage of the wards and ICU at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital. At UC Irvine Medical Center, we have six teams and four teams at the VA, one of which is primarily cardiology focused. Our residents learn to progressively manage common medical conditions to complex tertiary care cases. Our residents also gain additional sub-specialty inpatient experience by rotating on the consultation services at our affiliated sites.

    

Ambulatory Medicine

  • Primary Care — Our residents are assigned continuity clinic at either UC Irvine Medical Center or VA Long Beach. Each resident is assigned a faculty attending with whom they will rotate through all three years of residency. At the VA, our residents learn to work in an interdisciplinary patient-aligned care team (PACT), which includes the physician, case manager, clerk, RN and pharmacist. Residents are assigned a panel of patients and perform quality improvement projects focused on enhancing care for their patients. Our residents rotate in continuity clinic during their ambulatory weeks with four half-day sessions. Residents interested in gaining more primary care experience also have the option of completing three-week elective rotations at one of our affiliated ambulatory sites.

  • Subspecialty Clinics — A fundamental part in the training of a well-rounded internist includes exposure to the sub-specialty areas. In addition to continuity clinic experience, residents rotate for two half-day sessions in sub-specialty care, (pulmonary, heart failure, rheumatology, allergy/immunology, etc.) women’s health and pre-operative medicine during their ambulatory week. Clinic locations are available at all three of our training sites.


Elective Opportunities

We offer a wealth of opportunities to our residents during their elective time. Residents are encouraged to rotate through a wide array of experiences (more than 50 are available), including many outside the Department of Medicine. Special electives are available by arrangement on an individual basis, as are externships and international rotations.

Please see our full electives catalog.