Residency Program

Electives

The Department of Medicine has elective subspecialty rotations available in the following areas: allergy and immunology, hematology/oncology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology, outpatient orthopedics, and rheumatology. Most rotations last four weeks; some can be established for only two weeks. All electives may be structured into two week blocks, however, a minimum of ten working days is necessary for a resident to receive an evaluation from an attending physician during one of these rotations. Thus, if leave is being taken during a 4 week block of instruction, the elective will be three weeks long. An elective in which no time is spent away from training may consist of two, two-week rotations. On most rotations, the resident sees patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Board eligible or board certified subspecialists in the appropriate area carry out formal supervision. Residents are encouraged to read and study extensively in the area under the direction and tutelage of the staff physicians. The number of periods available to each resident for elective rotations varies depending on the PGY level.

Each elective will include one half-day dedicated to the residents’ continuity clinic and one half-day devoted to independent study to be arranged with/through the rotation coordinator. Residents will not mandate which half day is dedicated to independent study as different sub-specialties have different expectations to see patients during any given week.

All residents, after reviewing the curriculum for the rotation, are encouraged to develop a personal list of goals and objectives to be accomplished for that rotation. You should be able to state to your attending, “At the end of this rotation, I will consider this rotation to be successful if I can ____ [fill in the blank].” Your attending should agree that the goals are reasonable and feasible and perhaps suggest additional goals. At the minimum, there will be discussion of educational goals and objectives for each resident with each attending at the beginning of EVERY rotation.