As a member of Mount Sinai’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, you will have the chance to take part in unique medical curricula which will further enhance your education. We have three main programs that are woven into your day-to-day training – Advancing Idealism in Medicine, Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Medicine
Advancing Idealism in Medicine: The Advancing Idealism in Medicine (AIM) program was initiated several years ago by the internal medicine housestaff. The program seeks to support and advance idealism in medicine during the demanding years of residency training. AIM enables residents to reframe how they perceive their patients, their profession and themselves. The goals of the program are accomplished through the following activities:
- An AIM Lecture Series incorporated into Medical Grand Rounds at which invited leaders in health care inspire and educate residents on issues such as health policy, advocacy, human rights and global health care;
- A monthly AIM luncheon discussion which exposes resident physicians to issues directly related to the humanistic aspects of the care they provide. Issues covered include death and dying, religion and medicine, global health, job burnout, work-life balance, environmental health and the physician’s role as advocate for health as a human right;
- Advocacy opportunities in which residents are encouraged to use their voice to promote humanism in medicine both within the hospital and outside for other communities in need;
- Local community projects in which residents have the opportunity to provide health education to underserved communities in New York City in close collaboration with community organizations.
Quality Improvement: The ever-changing landscape in American health care requires that we train future leaders who have a firm foundation in the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety. Housestaff officers are exposed to the following throughout their training:
- A monthly conference to highlight medical errors and discuss them openly and without blame while performing a root cause analysis;
- Quality improvement and patient safety projects that are actively encouraged and mentored in the housestaff quality committee. Grant funding is available for quality-related research projects;
- Housestaff officers are provided with the same objective outcome and operational metrics as our attending staff each month, such as mortality, length of stay or readmission rates.
Evidence Based Medicine: Our training program emphasizes evidence-based medicine (EBM). The multiple components of our EBM curriculum are woven into the overall residency to optimize learning and retention. The EBM curriculum emphasizes skills in critical appraisal, filtered resource utilization and evidence summary. It includes small group journal clubs for interns and residents during outpatient rotations, half-day EBM seminars for residents, small seminars in cost-effectiveness analysis and incorporation of EBM skills into inpatient morning report with daily presentation and critique of relevant articles.
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