Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Curriculum

Residency education at Florida Atlantic University is based on a foundation of general Internal Medicine, with a strong commitment to medical education while providing compassionate care to every patient we serve.  As a new program, residents take an active role in the ongoing development and growth of the curriculum.  The curriculum includes:

  • An extensive three-year curriculum that prepares residents for a clinical or academic career in general medicine or subspecialty field
  • Academic Half Day:  In Lieu of traditional noon conferences, our program offers an Academic Half Day with program-wide attendance by both residents and Core faculty.  An innovative curriculum has been designed for these sessions that will prepare residents for in-service and board exams, and include sessions on Research and Scholarship, Behavioral Health, Patient Safety, and other topics.
  • Morning/Noon Report:  Residents present an interesting case with a faculty proctor, with questions to engage the audience.  Particular interest will focus on developing skills necessary for building a strong differential diagnosis, appropriate use of labs and imaging as well as strengthening clinical acumen. After the presentation, the presenter is expected to discuss one or two clinical pearls or topic updated pertinent to the case. The faculty proctor will then discuss their own material pertinent to the subject.
  • A “4+1” rotation schedule that emphasizes block ambulatory care experience in primary care and subspecialty clinics.  4 weeks of inpatient or elective rotations followed by 1 week of continuity clinic.  This revolutionary change to resident scheduling allows for uninterrupted focus on each particular rotation.  No longer would a resident expected to see patients in the hospital and rush to their outpatient clinic to attend to clinic duties. 
  • Full resident responsibility with progressive autonomy for patient care
  • An intensive didactic core curriculum that covers inpatient and outpatient practice
  • A formal curriculum in Evidence-based medicine
  • A comprehensive research curriculum that fosters scholarly inquiry leading to presentations at scientific meetings and peer-reviewed publications
  • A longitudinal curriculum in Quality Improvement and Management in Health-care Systems

 

Rotations

Florida Atlantic University’s Internal Medicine Residency Program follows a “4+1” system, with 10 blocks per year.  This systems allows 4 weeks of inpatient/selectives/ electives, followed by one week dedicated to ambulatory continuity clinic and didactic sessions on topics pertaining to outpatient medicine.

 

 Rotations

PGY-1

PGY-2

PGY-3

In-patient Wards

5

3

3

Night Medicine

1

-

1

Medical ICU

2

1

1

 

 

 

 

Emergency Medicine

1

-

1

Selectives

Infectious Disease

Cardiology

Nephrology

 

 

Gastroenterology

Endocrinology

 

 

Geriatrics

Rheumatology

 

 

Hematology/

Oncology

 

Pulmonology

 

 

Neurology

 

 

 

Quality Improvement/ Patient Safety (QIPS)

 

Electives

1

 

1

 

Electives:

These rotations are not mandatory and can be chosen to suit the resident’s individual interest. Rotations include Allergy & Immunology, Dermatology, Hospitalist, Radiology, Research, Rheumatology, Vascular Medicine and Women's Health. Other specific rotations may be available upon request and based on availability.  During the second half of the PGY2, residents may schedule away rotations, either as part of preparation for fellowship applications or post-residency career goals.

 

Daily Schedule:

A typical day on an in-patient ward:

Transfer of Care

6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Pre-rounding

7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Teaching Rounds

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Afternoon Report

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admissions

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Transfer of Care

6:00 p.m.

 

Call Frequency:

Residents on inpatient medicine rotations do not take overnight calls; during the 4 week Night Medicine rotation, PGY-1 & PGY-3 residents are assigned to teams and work alternating schedules (6 p.m. to 7 a.m.).

Didactic Training:

The didactic training at Florida Atlantic University’s Internal Medicine Program includes:

  • Core curriculum conferences: program-wide Academic Half Day
  • Noon Report
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Grand rounds
  • Professors Rounds
  • System-based practice and quality improvement 
  • Medicine Teaching Rounds

Teaching rounds are held daily and are conducted by our core medicine faculty.  Rounds offer a variety of learning experiences, including bedside presentations, literature review of selected core clinical issues, guest subspecialty rounds and in-depth topic presentations.

Simulation Training:

Faculty teach basic interviewing and physical examination skills to residents during the first year of residency using standardized patients, teaching videos and a new state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Center located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. In addition, workshops in ACLS/code simulation, evaluation and care of the critically ill patient as well as procedural skills are provided during orientation and in scheduled sessions throughout the year while on ICU/CCU rotations.

Evidence-based Medicine:

  • The ability to find, appraise, and apply evidence in clinical practice is one of the central themes in our philosophy of medical education.
  • Through a longitudinal multidisciplinary curriculum, residents learn the principles of evidence-based medicine including: literature searching, critical appraisal, and evidence-based clinical decision-making.

System-based Practice and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety:

  • Our goal is to give every resident the opportunity to innovate and improve patient care in our own institutions, whether projects arise from insights during a clinical rotation or the Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QIPS) rotation.
  • During the PGY2 year, residents have a chance to participate in a variety of Performance Improvement/ Quality Improvement and administrative committees at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Bethesda Hospital East via the QIPS rotation.
  • Residents will design and implement their own quality improvement projects.

Continuity Clinic:

FAU Medicine operates two outpatient clinic locations, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Bethesda Hospital East, where residents follow their own patients, many of whom they care for on their inpatient services.  FAU Core Faculty and Affiliate faculty supervise patient care activities and conduct didactic sessions on evidence-based medicine in the ambulatory setting.  Every 5 weeks interns and residents are scheduled for a dedicated Continuity Clinic week in accordance with the “4+1” rotation system.  During this week, residents are scheduled for a total of 5 morning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or afternoon (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) blocks during which appointments are held.   



Last Modified 11/8/16