Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to maximize the resident’s education in both inpatient and ambulatory Internal Medicine. Interns are scheduled a maximum of 8 inpatient months. ICU and Hospitalist rotations require night duties. This provides sufficient time during the intern year for other pursuits, or for starting (and completing) research for residents who are interested in pursuing a competitive fellowship.

Feel free to review our curriculum and other information on our housestaff website. Faculty Education Coordinators are responsible for designing and maintaining the curriculum of every rotation, and curricula are reviewed by our Curriculum Committee, which includes housestaff members and faculty.

Schedule

In July 2013, the program transitioned to a 4+1 block schedule. This means housestaff rotate on a four-week block and then spend 1 week (“+1”) in the ambulatory clinics. All continuity clinics are scheduled during the “+1” week, so housestaff can focus on wards, ICU, and consult rotations without interruption during the other 4 weeks.

Prior to starting the intern year, requests for specific rotations and vacation dates are sent to our program manager and program directors, and every attempt is made to honor these requests. Although scheduling is complex, interns almost always get their first or second choices. In fact, we pride ourselves on being a humane “family” program, and we care as much about our residents’ non-academic lives as we do about the high standards of the curriculum and educational program. The chief residents manage the daily schedules of housestaff and publish them in advance.

Rotations

The ward, hospitalist and ICU rotations are busy call rotations, but one day off per week averaged over every four-week period is guaranteed. Housestaff have no weekend work responsibilities during subspecialty consults, Ambulatory Medicine and Urgent Care rotations.

The Ambulatory Medicine rotation is a unique feature of our program, designed to provide 50% general medicine/continuity clinics and 50% subspecialty and other experiences. These include:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urgent Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
Rotation Schedule
Rotations (months) PGY-1 PGY-2, PGY-3
Wards 4 2-3
ICU/CCU* 2 1-2
Heme/Onc Wards 0 0.5-1
Ambulatory Medicine 2.5 2.5
Urgent Care 0-0.5 0-1
Hospitalist 1-1.5 1
Emergency Medicine 0 0.5-1
Geriatrics – SMH or VA 0 1**
Consult/Elective/Research 1-1.5 2-3
Vacation 1 1

* This experience may be at Olive View MICU, UCLA MICU, or UCLA CCU.
** Four weeks as a PGY-3 at Santa Monica-UCLA or VA West Los Angeles.
The above schedule is based on the standard 13 block annual rotation calendar. Each block is 4 weeks in length.

Sample Medicine Ward Schedule
6:00-8:15 am Pre-round
8:15-9:00 am Inpatient Morning Report
9:00-11:30 pm Attending Rounds
12:00-1:00 pm Noon Conference and Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm Patient Care Activities
Sample Ambulatory (Outpatient) Schedule
8:00-12:00 pm Primary care, subspecialty, or urgent care clinic,
or Academic half-day for interns on Wednesdays
12:00-1:00 pm Noon Conference and Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm General medicine, subspecialty, or urgent care clinic