Curriculum & Didactics
To prepare residents to become general internists, subspecialty fellows or medical researchers, Cedars-Sinai offers a well-rounded, flexible training program in internal medicine.
There are three key pathways in internal medicine that residents may take: categorical, primary care and physician-scientist training program. We also offer a one-year preliminary program.
Our traditional categorical pathway offers balanced training in the inpatient and outpatient settings and prepares residents to have successful careers as general internists, hospitalists and subspecialists. Our categorical pathway employs an X+Y (4+1) model of training, which allows residents to have consistent and protected ambulatory time every fifth week of their training. This training model also allows residents to focus on their inpatient duties when they are on inpatient services. In the hospital setting, residents will spend a large portion of time in the general wards and ICUs and will also rotate on subspecialized services such as the heart failure/heart transplant service and the hematology/oncology wards. Rotations through inpatient subspecialty consult services provide experience with acutely ill patients and complex cases. In the outpatient setting, in addition to continuity clinic every fifth week, residents will rotate through a variety of community-based clinics and have ample exposure to subspecialty clinics.
Categorial residents have 12 weeks of elective time over three years, allowing schedules to be tailored to an individual resident's career interests and needs. Residents may use their 12 weeks of elective time to participate in research projects.
The Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is intended for those graduates who wish to extend their clinical education to include research training. The PSTP focuses training in clinical, translational and/or basic science research and is comprised of two main tracks—general internal medicine or subspecialty. At the successful completion of the PSTP training, candidates who have successfully completed the requirements of the training program will have the opportunity to become a faculty member and continue to develop their careers, eventually establishing an independently funded research program.
Health Systems Science Curriculum
The five key domains of health systems science will be explored:
Unique curricular experiences will include:
Our point-of-care ultrasound curriculum provides a longitudinal educational experience incorporating online modules, technique mastery through simulation and ultimately clinical application. This multifaceted approach is designed to equip internal medicine residents with the foundational clinical skills needed to implement point-of-care ultrasound in their future practices. This broad curriculum includes diagnostic and procedural ultrasound techniques that can be used in various subspecialties and applied to hospital and clinic settings alike.
Didactic sessions are conducted as a series of lectures and conferences which are essential to the educational experience of our internal medicine residents.
Daily Lectures & Conferences
Each academic year begins with an approximately two-month series of daily lectures covering emergency situations residents are likely to encounter in internal medicine. The lectures are then followed by daily conferences and cover:
- General internal medicine and subspecialty topics
- Morbidity and mortality conference
- Clinical pathologic correlation conference
- Journal club
- A weekly ambulatory lecture series
The Department of Medicine hosts grand rounds most Friday mornings. Medicine grand rounds features internal, local and national experts discussing cutting-edge clinical and basic science research and updates in clinical practice.
ABIM Certification Exam & Certification Preparation
The Department of Medicine provides American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification exam review books for all internal medicine residents. In addition, the third-year residency class attends a three-day board review educational conference in the spring that focuses on board review topics for their upcoming ABIM exam.
Daily morning reports are built into all inpatient services and are moderated by the medicine chief residents or full-time faculty.