Rotations on the residency's autonomous inpatient service include admissions and rounds on all medical floors, critical care suites, birthing center and the newborn nursery. Training is by core faculty, hospital specialists and fellows. Residents will admit and manage patients of all levels of severity from critical to acute, maternity to newborns. Rotations during night float will allow for supervised management and aspects of nocturnal care; dedicated rotations in critical care and cardiology will augment adult care training. Emergency medical management training during EM rotations in all three years will complete the spectrum of exposure.
Care of Newborns, Children and Adolescents
Rotations in the NICU and the nursery with a focus on resuscitation of critical newborns are augmented by dedicated rotations on the medical service and ER at Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC), the regional tertiary care children's hospital. Continuity of care of children will be taught at the Family Medicine Center, and adolescent and behavioral education through the child and adolescent psychiatry rotations.
Through surgical rotations on the general surgery service, orthopedics and surgical subspecialties as well as the procedure clinic at the Family Medicine Center and Wound Care Center, residents will learn basic surgical skills applicable to general practice, and hospital-level interventions (lines, etc.).
Experience is through the adult psychiatry service, with a focus on behavioral aspects of mental illness applicable to primary care, as well as a longitudinal curriculum in basic psychological interventions and modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
A longitudinal course during which time residents will learn how to interpret information and implement it into daily practice - the natural evolution of "journal club."
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
For osteopathic and allopathic residents alike, there will be a longitudinal curriculum that reviews the foundations of osteopathic principles and practice with clinical incorporation of osteopathic treatments in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.
Resident Practice Based Small Group Learning (PBSG)
Trained faculty members serve as facilitators for each residency group using interactive small group sessions (i.e., 4-10 participants). The sessions include case-based discussion (using the PBSG modules) and are designed to promote active reflection on practice (i.e., bringing own patient cases, completing practice reflection tools, practice audits, etc). We hope to assist residents in providing a PBSG learning component, which promotes reflective learning strategies in a setting of peer collaboration. Our goal is to facilitate the transition from learning as part of a formal training program, to a commitment toward self-directed CME, which will assist physicians throughout their professional careers.