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.
An annual history and physical (H&P) is required during each year of residency; PGY1 and 3 submit an H&P from an internal medicine patient, and PGY2 and 4 submit an H&P from a pediatric patient.
Coverage is provided so that all residents are able to attend required retreats and transition sessions.
GME requires annual training including but not limited to Point-of-Care Testing, N95 Fit Testing, Learning Exchange modules, and an annual mTB screening.
Procedure and Case Logs
All Med-Peds residents must demonstrate technical competency in ABIM and 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 offers residents the use of two commercial products as part of an integral board review curriculum: Challenger CME and NEJM Knowledge+. Residents are required to complete assigned modules and quizzes, based on level of training, 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 Research for Residents and Fellows (R4RF) summer course. This graduate-level course 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. (This is a pre-requisite to the R4RF course.)
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).