The first year of PCOM's Internal Medicine Residency Program includes:
- Medicine (eight months)
- Pulmonary/critical care medicine (one month)
- Surgery (one month)
- Emergency room medicine (one month)
- Gynecology (one month)
Your months on medicine services will include attending specific services, floor services
and a hospitalist service. While you are on an attending specific service, you will
work closely with a group of internal medicine physicians who will guide you through
the management of different diseases while teaching important clinical skills while
you round. Along with your attending physicians, you will make important decisions
in the care of your patients. While you are on a floor service rotation, you will
be taking care of patients on an entire floor (medicine/surgery, progressive care,
cardiac telemetry). You will work with multiple internal medicine physicians, while
also interacting with many of the specialists whom you have consulted on your patients.
For the last several years, we have established a hospitalist service, where our interns
and residents work with hospitalist physicians, where they confer their unique insight
on hospital medicine and teach while doing bedside rounds. All of your months of medicine
will be part of a team of attending physicians, residents, interns and students.
Your pulmonary/critical care medicine month will be done in our brand new ICU at Chestnut
Hill. You will work as a team with two interns, two residents and students under the
guidance of our three very skilled board certified pulmonary/critical care medicine
physicians. Your education during your pulmonary/critical care medicine month will
include the management of sepsis, post-cardiac resuscitation hypothermia protocol,
ARDS, mechanical ventilation, GI bleeding and ACS. We will teach you how to perform
central lines, arterial lines and much more.
Second and third years
During your second and third year of residency, you will continue to advance in your
training of medicine, while being offered six months of elective rotations where you
can further train in the fields that interest you the most. Your training can be done
anywhere in the country. Most of our residents take this opportunity to train with
many of high skilled specialist at Chestnut Hill Hospital and Roxborough Memorial
Hospital, as well as training at tertiary care centers in and around Philadelphia
such as the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Deborah Heart and
Lung, Rowan University Hospital and Lankenau Hospital. This also allows our residents
to rotate through programs where they are interested in pursuing a fellowship. We
have an excellent track record of matching many of our graduates into cardiology,
pulmonary/critical care, gastroenterology, infectious disease and other programs.
The education of our interns and residents is a top priority. There is morning report
each morning whether you are at Roxborough Memorial Hospital or Chestnut Hill Hospital.
This allows interns who were on call overnight to go over cases they admitted among
attending physicians of varying specialties. Residents, interns and medical students
are all required to attend morning report. Noon lectures, where specialists come to
lecture on varying topics, are also held.