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Patient Care Teams

Residents are divided into three teams on the medical floors. Each team is composed of one senior resident and two to three first year residents, and often joined by a first year Family Medicine resident completing his/her medicine rotation.

  • Each team is supervised by a "firm director" who is a core faculty member with responsibility for teaching and monitoring progress of the residents' education.
  • A teaching attending physician also conducts bedside teaching rounds with each team to discuss academically challenging cases.
  • The first year residents assume primary responsibility for patients admitted on the teaching service. They obtain a history and physical and collect lab/imaging data, and then discuss this with the senior resident to formulate a management plan. The patient's private teaching attending physician oversees the plan and directs the team.
  • The ICU team is composed of a third, second and first year resident, while a third year resident leads the CCU team with one second year resident and two first year residents.
  • A second year family medicine resident completing his/her coronary care rotation may also join the CCU team.
  • Senior residents in both units organize their team's daily teaching rounds conducted by critical care specialists, cardiologists, or other internal medicine sub-specialists.
  • Fairview Hospital's Critical Care and Invasive Cardiology Units have each been recognized as one of the top units in the nation, which demonstrates the value of critical care training in our program.