Medical Education

Q. What is the emphasis of the Internal Medicine Residency Program?
We are committed to training outstanding physicians, preparing them for careers in general internal medicine and subspecialties of their choice. We place emphasis on a resident's attitude, knowledge base and work ethic. Bright, motivated professionals who are willing to work, learn and ask questions will succeed in our program.

Q. What clinical electives are offered for additional, specialized training?
See Internal Medicine electives.

Q. Are there opportunities to learn procedures?
Riverside's Internal Medicine Program offers unparalleled opportunity to learn and perform invasive procedures. On average, a resident will have performed 127 central lines, 59 intubations, 24 arterial catheters, 5 Swan-Ganz catheters, 4 thoracenteses, 3 bone marrow biopsies and 3 paracenteses upon completion of three years of training.

Q. What does the typical rounding team look like?
Inpatient General Medicine and subspecialty services are staffed by an attending physician, a PGY 2 or 3 resident and 2 PGY 1 residents. Certain rotations, such as ICU, may have 5 PGY 1 residents. Elective rotations may have 1-2 PGY 1, 2 or 3 residents. 

Q. What is the average census on teaching services?
The census on teaching services is generally capped at 20 patients. PGY 1 residents generally follow 8-10 patients daily.

Q. What opportunities does a resident have for advanced responsibilities in patient care?
Residents are given progressive clinical and supervisory responsibilities commensurate with their level of training. In addition, the program is structured to encourage clinical competency in the invasive procedures commonly employed in an Internal Medicine practice.

Q. Does Riverside have a Night Float System?
 Yes. The PGY 1 Night Float System is in effect Sunday night through Thursday night.  Night Float residents are responsible for all admissions to teaching services from 5pm - 7am.  PGY 2 and 3 Categorical Medicine residents each rotate on 1 month of Night Float, during which time they provide support to the Night Float PGY 1 residents.

Q. What is a typical work week like?

All residents typically have Sunday off, unless on call.  ACGME "duty-hour restrictions" are followed.

Q. What is night call like?
Night call begins at 5 pm. All on call Categorical Medicine, Transitional and Preliminary residents take "In-House" call. On call PGY 1 residents cover admissions to teaching services, floor calls on patients hospitalized to teaching services and CODE BLUE. On call PGY 1 residents are supported by in house PGY 2 and 3 residents. On call PGY 1 residents in the ICU and CICU are supported by a separate PGY 2 resident as well as a Critical Care Attending Physician via the eICU system.

Q. Are there opportunities for residents to participate in research?
Yes. There are requirements for clinical research. This is completed both independently and in conjunction with the attending staff.

Q. What is the average board passing rate for Internal Medicine?
The average board passing rate exceeds 92%.

Q. When is the application deadline?
November 30 through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service.

Q. Are Riverside Internal Medicine residents receiving fellowships?
Yes. Graduating residents are very successful in securing fellowships. These include Allergy and Immunology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Nephrology, Cardiology, Rheumatology, and Palliative Medicine.

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