Our Curriculum

Education > Graduate Medical Education

The Good Samaritan Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program offers comprehensive training fully accredited by the ACGME, and is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine upon satisfactory completion of the program. Throughout the three-year program you will participate in a comprehensive curriculum that paves the way for you to become a medical expert in the field of Internal Medicine. Clinical training and education of residents is a central focus in the Department of Medicine. We seek to provide a strong background in General Internal Medicine for all residents, including those seeking a career in Primary Care. We also provide abundant opportunities for residents interested in a future in the medical specialties, and our fellowship placement rate remains consistently high. There are currently 28 residents in our program -- 11 PGY1, 10 PGY2, and 7 PGY3 residents.

Clinical Experience

First-year residents rotate on the General Medicine Service as members of a team composed of the ward attending, a senior supervising resident, fellow PGY-1 residents, acting interns, and third-year medical students. For the remainder of the year, residents rotate in ICU, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Ambulatory Medicine, Night Float, Palliative Care, Addiction Medicine, and Electives.

The second-year curriculum focuses on the medical subspecialties with assignments in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Pulmonary, and Electives. During these periods, residents perform consultations on both private and clinic patients, learning through close interaction with a select group of subspecialty attending physicians. Each resident also has the opportunity to evaluate outpatients in the offices of these subspecialists.

The third-year is the culmination of the educational experience for medical residents. Third-year residents act as team leaders for the General Medicine and ICU services. Rotations in medical subspecialties comprise the remainder of the schedule. During this year, the senior residents teach junior residents and students, refine skills, and solidify knowledge and understanding. By performing medical consultations for other services, Internal Medicine residents are groomed for the reality of medical practice. In addition, there is ample time for independent study and preparation for the board examination.

Ambulatory Experience

Throughout the program, residents follow their own group of clinic patients. We utilize a 4 + 1 Block Schedule, where residents see their clinic patients every fifth week in order to maintain continuity of care. Under the supervision of the general medicine faculty, they assume the primary responsibility for total care of these patients, both in the hospital and ambulatory settings as part of patient centered care. Residents make decisions to admit patients, perform diagnostic evaluations, render treatment, arrange for consultations, and coordinate discharge planning. This continuity of care nurtures a sense of personal responsibility for patient care and affords invaluable insight into the natural history of disease.

Academic Environment

One component of our didactic curriculum is the academic half-day, which consists of Grand Rounds, lectures provided by skilled faculty covering topics in both General Internal Medicine and the subspecialties, Resident Case Reports. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement lectures are also integrated into our academic half-day curriculum. Additional learning opportunities consist of Topic Reviews, Morning Report, Clinical Reasoning, and bedside rounding. The program also engages in Morbidity and Mortality conferences, Tumor Board, MedSurge/GI Conferences and Chest Conferences. Skills in critically reviewing current literature are developed at the monthly Journal Club. This core curriculum provides solid grounding in the fundamentals of Internal Medicine and meets the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In both the ambulatory and clinical settings, our residents work closely with Good Samaritan Hospital pharmacy residents under the supervision of our Clinical Pharmacists.

Research Opportunities

Residents are expected to engage in a research project with faculty guidance and submit that work for potential publication. Residents are encouraged to present abstracts and posters at regional and national professional meetings.

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