All residents are required to create and maintain a portfolio of their work. Residents log all patients they encounter during electives and provide learning points with references every week. They also log procedures, any PowerPoint presentations, abstracts, papers and/or book chapters in their portfolios. Other entries may include letters of praise from patients, special recognition by the faculty and awards. Over time, the portfolio represents a resident’s effort, imagination, learning and actual work. We have found that a well-maintained portfolio is a single most important tool in obtaining a fellowship or job placement.
The Advisor Program aims to assist residents in their personal and professional growth, and help them navigate through the complexities of residency. The advisors are chosen from the faculty in general internal medicine and different subspecialties. They provide personalized guidance and support, and serve as the resident’s advocate in the program. All incoming interns will have a general internal medicine faculty advisor who will meet with them at regular intervals throughout the year, with emphasis on addressing learning strategies and adjusting to residency life. As residents progress through their training years, the advisors may change to accommodate their specific needs and professional goals. The advisors will also help residents find mentors within their career and research interests.
Career Development and Graduate Outcomes
This program measures success by its ability to produce leaders in medicine. To this end, residents regularly receive advice and encouragement to set high goals for their professional development. We have an excellent placement record for fellowships. In the recent past, our residents have received fellowships in Cardiology (University of Chicago, Critical Care and Cooper Medical Center), Endocrinology (Dartmouth Medical School and Michigan University), Rheumatology (Temple University and Albert Einstein Medical School), Gastroenterology (Yale University), Infectious Disease (Georgetown University).
Outpatient Ambulatory Experience
Located three miles away from the hospital is our freestanding outpatient facility (How Lane Clinic), which runs an Internal Medicine Faculty Practice in the Saint Peter’s Family Health Center. Residents are assigned to this facility for their continuing clinical experience. Faculty to resident ratio is 3:1. It is also a patient-centered medical home in this age of healthcare reform and a changing medical environment.
4 + 1 Program
In this format, every fifth week residents are scheduled at the outpatient clinic. This insures a comprehensive ambulatory experience where residents get the opportunity to manage a spectrum of common outpatient clinical disorders, and also follow up their own panel of patients over the course of three years.
Ambulatory Care conference
This conference is a weekly exercise during the ambulatory week with special focus on primary care and office practice. John Hopkins Internal Medicine Curriculum is utilized for this purpose. Journal Clubs presented by the residents give them the chance to systematically review current literature and use that to positively impact patient care.
Residents as teachers
Teaching is an integral part of the Art of Medicine. All residents are expected to teach fellow residents, medical students, and other health care personnel. The program provides formal seminars to enhance the teaching skills of residents. Residents are responsible for teaching Robert Wood Johnson and Drexel University College of Medicine students. Residents receive a formal instruction to enhance their teaching skills. Residents are also expected to attend faculty development programs.
Faculty Development Program
To improve the ability to teach, the residency program conducts two half-day workshops every year. Led by a prominent educator, these workshops enhance the teaching skills of faculty. Residents are invited to participate.