An individual learning plan (ILP) is submitted annually to initiate review of each resident's academic and career goals with his/her core advisor.
Residents perform 4 directly observed histories/exams during pediatrics rotations in program years 2, 3, and 4. This is not currently required for medicine rotations.
Each year, residents are expected to attend a minimum number of educational conferences that supplement clinical learning. A multitude of conferences are offered by each categorical program as well as the Med-Peds Residency Program.
Coverage is provided so that all residents are able to attend required retreats and transition sessions.
GME/institutional requirements include annual Point-of-Care Testing, N95 Fit Testing, Learning Exchange modules, an annual mTB screening, and maintenance of immunization status.
Residents must successfully meet ACGME-defined milestones during each year of training to promote within the program.
Procedure and Case Logs
The VCU Internal Medicine Residency Program has developed a comprehensive longitudinal procedure curriculum where residents have opportunities to perform and develop competency in common procedures included but not limited to venous blood draws, arterial blood draws, peripheral IV placement, abdominal paracentesis, arthrocentesis, cental line placement, and lumbar puncture. Residents must perform procedures during training and demonstrate general competence, but specific requirements are no longer in place for ABIM board eligibility. All Med-Peds residents must, however, demonstrate technical competency in a set number of ABP-required procedures for board eligibility. Procedures must be logged during each year of training, increasing in number as the resident progresses through the program.
Case logs are recorded for all continuity clinic patients to ensure adequate exposure to an array of diagnoses.
PALS, ACLS, and NRP training certifications are required during residency.
The Program provides residents with an annual subscription to NEJM Knowledge+ as part of an integral board review curriculum. Residents are required to complete rotation-based assigned quizzes during each year in the program.
Residents take in-training exams (ITEs) in both internal medicine and pediatrics during each year of training. Performance on yearly ITEs serves as an assessment tool in determining knowledge deficits and developing appropriate study plans.
Residents are expected to take and pass the USMLE Step 3 exam by December 31 of the PGY2 year.
PGY3 residents are offered optional participation in the R2 Summer Series, a 4-week course that equips residents with the resources and tools necessary to conduct future research projects.
All PGY3 residents must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program if they engage in research that involves human subjects.
A minimum of one scholarly project, separate and distinct from quality improvement, must be conducted and completed during residency. This includes research projects, abstracts, poster presentations, etc.
Residents are expected to identify a QI project (QIP) during their PGY2 year, with required participation during the PGY3 and 4 years. An abstract, poster, or oral presentation related to the QIP should be presented during both the PGY3 and 4 years.
Patient Safety is an institutional initiative, and all residents must complete Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) training as interns. Additionally, all residents are expected to report at least two safety events per year through the VCU Health Patient Safety Net (PSN).