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Curriculum

At Cleveland Clinic, we embrace and nurture education. Our mission is that every resident deserves a world class education and we will continue to evolve to achieve that goal. The curriculum offered at Cleveland Clinic Internal medicine program is a 360 curriculum which not only addresses core medical concepts and topics as recommended by ABIM, but also places emphasis on communications, understanding systems and quality control concepts, emotional intelligence and evidence based medicine.

The 4+1 structure of rotations has given us the unique opportunity to provide protected learning time for residents. The didactics have been organized as academic half days during the longitudinal clinic week which provides a small group setting that helps engage residents in group activities and discussions.

We have a weekly Internal medicine grand rounds and monthly morbidity and mortality meetings. We also have evidence based medicine lecture series and communication courses which are integrated into the academic half day model.
Please see academic calendar below for a better understanding of how we deliver our curriculum.

We also have an embedded curriculum in our core rotations which provides teaching and learning opportunities on the go, by the bedside and relevant to the patients that residents care for. We have an embedded curriculum for the following rotations.  

  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiology
  • GI and Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Infectious diseases
PGY-1

Academic Calendar during Y week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

700-800

IM Grand Round

IMRP Grand Rounds

800-900

Didactics

900-1000

Didactics

1000-1100

Didactics

1100-1200

Didactics

1200-1300

Special noon conference
-M&M,
-Town-hall
-Guest Speakers

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day

Case report

Special noon conference
-Research and scholarly curriculum
-Guest Speakers

1300-1400

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day
Didactics

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1400-1500

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day
Didactics

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1500-1600

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1600-1700

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

Academic Calendar during X week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

700-800

IM Grand Round

Grand Rounds

800-900

 

900-1000

 

1000-1100

 

1100-1200

 

1200-1300

Special noon conference
-M&M,
-Town-hall
-Guest Speakers

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day

Case report

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference (optional)

Special noon conference
-Research and scholarly curriculum
-Guest Speakers

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference (optional)

1300-1400

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day
Didactics

 

 

1400-1500

PGY-1 Academic
Half Day
Didactics

 

 

1500-1600

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine) Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

1600-1700

 

 

1700-1800    
PGY-2/PGY-3

Academic Calendar during Y week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

700-800

Evidence based medicine

IM Grand Round

IMRP Grand Rounds

800-900

Didactics

900-1000

Didactics

1000-1100

Didactics

1100-1200

Didactics

1200-1300

Special noon conference
-M&M,
-Town-hall
-Guest Speakers

 

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference

Special noon conference
-Research and scholarly curriculum
-Guest Speakers

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference

1300-1400

Board review

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1400-1500

Workshop / journal club

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1500-1600

Evidence based medicine

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

1600-1700

Sub-specialty clinic

ADMIN

Academic Calendar during X week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

700-800

IM Grand Round

Grand Rounds

800-900

 

900-1000

 

1000-1100

 

1100-1200

 

1200-1300

Special noon conference
-M&M,
-Town-hall
-Guest Speakers

PGY1 case report (optional)

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference

Special noon conference
-Research and scholarly curriculum
-Guest Speakers

PGY 2 and 3 Case conference (optional)

1300-1400

 

 

 

1400-1500

 

 

 

1500-1600

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine) Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

Rotation – embedded curriculum (GI, Card, Heme/Onc, Renal, Medicine)

1600-1700

 

 

1700-1800    

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University enrolled its first class of students in 2004. Our affiliation with the medical school provides residents with an opportunity to teach the CCLM students during their third year of clerkship. Prior to the development of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, students from various medical schools throughout the country and the world were always an integral part of the internal medicine residency program. Residents supervise medical students in the first year of residency. This helps residents transition early from learner to teacher and allows them to better prepare for their supervisor months which start as a GL-2.

  • Residents begin supervising interns in the second year of residency.
  • The senior medical resident is the team leader on all internal medicine teaching services and also serves as the consultant, as well as a the team leader, for the Medical Intensive Care Unit.
  • Senior residents supervise all procedures performed by GL-1 residents and medical students
  • Residents (both junior and senior) will give mini-didatic lectures during ward team teaching rounds.
  • A typical ward teams consists of interns, medical students and a clinical pharmacist.
  • Morbidity and Mortality conferences, as well as, clinicopathologic conferences and evidence-based medicine journal clubs are resident led teaching experiences.
  • Each year the resident winner of Medicine’s annual research competition will present their research at a Medicine Grand Rounds.
  • Residents are given the opportunity to lecture at noon conference if they so desire.
  • Senior residents also serve as mentors and teaching to junior residents for research projects.

Feedback regarding teaching strategies, as well as lectures designed to improve residents' teaching skills, are included in the curriculum.