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Curriculum and Rotations

We believe in a team approach to medical education and patient care, so our teams consist of one intern, one resident and either a medical or PA student. Together they are responsible for an average of eight to ten patients on the medical floors and six to eight patients in the critical care units. On medical floor rotations, a teaching attending oversees each team, serving as both a resource person and a role model. The teaching attending conducts didactic and bedside rounds daily and is available for consultation at any time.  In the critical care units, residents are supervised by Board-Certified intensivists who are available for patient care and education 24/7.

Residents are encouraged and expected to learn to perform proficiently those procedural skills recommended by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Likewise, residents are expected to attend all scheduled conferences, clinics and educational rounds in a timely fashion. All categorical residents are required to prepare a research project or case report at the completion of the third year. HackensackUMC Mountainside residents have presented their research projects at the national meetings of the American College of Physicians, the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Critical Care Society and the NJ Oncology Society and have published case reports on-line and in peer reviewed journals.
 

Medical Students

HackensackUMC Mountainside is affiliated with Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School. Third year medical students and physician assistant students regularly rotate here for their Internal Medicine rotations on the floors and in the intensive care units. The residents are actively involved in teaching these students patient care and physical diagnosis. In addition, there are also senior students from St. George’s University and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine rotating in Medicine.

Conferences and Committees

The following conferences supplement and amplify your clinical experience. Medical grand rounds are also held two to three times a month.

  • Monthly Clinical Pathology, Chief of Service, Journal Club, and Performance Improvement Conference.
  • Daily noontime conferences in the subspecialties of medicine.
  • Conferences on topics of common interests held in conjunction with the Family Medicine Residency such as law and medical ethics, practice management, and occupational and preventive medicine.

In addition, junior and senior residents actively participate in a number of medical staff and hospital-wide committees including:

  • Performance Improvement
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Resource Management
  • Core Meaures
  • Library
  • Medical Education
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics

And, two residents elected by their peers also sit on the Resident Council of the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

The Visiting Professor Program

Twice a year, outstanding academicians from various medical schools spend a day providing intimate didactic instruction in their specialty. 

The Outpatient Clinics

Throughout the three years of residency, one half day per week is spent seeing a panel of patients in the outpatient clinic.

Three Year Curriculum

Rotation Months
Medical Floors 6
Critical Care 2
Emergency Medicine 1/2
Radiology 1/2
Subspecialty Medicine Elective 2
Ambulatory Care (Medical) Clinic 1/2 day/week
Paid Time Off 23 days vacation, 6 holidays


PGY-II
Rotation Months
Medical Floors 4 1/2
Night Float 1
Critical Care 2
Cardiology 1
2 Non-Medical Electives
(two weeks each)
1
Geriatric Medicine 1
Resident Admitting Officer 1/2
Ambulatory Care (Medical) Clinic 1/2 day/week
Paid Time Off 23 days vacation, 6 holidays


PGY-III
Rotation Months
Medical Floors 1
Night Float 1/2
Critical Care 2
Resident Admitting Officer (RAO) 1
Emergency Medicine 1/2
Neurology 1/2
Non-Medical Elective 1/2
Subspecialty Medicine Elective 3

Systm Based Practice/Community Medicine Elective

1
Office Practice Rotation 1
Ambulatory Care (Medical) Clinic 1/2 day/week
Paid Time Off 23 days vacation, 6 holidays


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