At Creighton’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, your wellness matters, too. The program enjoys a unique sense of community among a diverse group of residents who truly care for one another.
It also has compassionate faculty mentors who enjoy teaching and are authentically invested in residents’ training and well-being.
Our resident-led Education Committee has implemented Academic Half Days as a project in 2019 entitled “A New Dawn in the Internal Medicine Education Curriculum – A project by the residents, with the residents, for the residents.” The transition to this methodology provides residents with protected learning time. Moreover, it eliminated the need for daily didactic lectures with lesser interruptions in clinical duties. This change also led to significant improvement in in-training exam and board scores.
Our Academic Half Day is Wednesday afternoons (1-4 pm) following grand rounds. Academic Half Day curriculum includes our Core Curriculum, Jeopardy, resident-led small group sessions, interactive sessions with faculty, Journal Club, research, quality improvement project, healthcare disparities, and wellness activities.
With the advancement in understanding and practical use of Point of Care ultrasound, we have developed an extensive curriculum that includes a day-long introductory boot camp during intern orientation to learn the fundamentals of ultrasonography followed by monthly lectures during the academic half-day in addition to weekly hands-on workshops for residents on hospital medicine service. Additionally, our AHD focuses on health care disparities by highlighting ongoing social disparities and the influence of structural racism.
Board preparation is multifaceted and begins early in training. In addition to rotating through all the pertinent subspecialities, residents participate in weekly MKSAP quizzes to pace learning across all three years. The necessary software is supplied by the program and updated with each new addition. Those residents needing additional help are guided through individualized Performance Improvement Plans, and the entire third year class participates in Comprehensive Board Review during the final months of training.