Curriculum & Didactics

Clinical training takes place in diverse outpatient and inpatient settings, so residents are exposed to a wide variety of practice models and patient populations.

Clinical Training

Internal medicine residents at Cedars-Sinai—more than 880 beds tertiary care hospital—rotate through inpatient and ambulatory services, across a wide variety of settings.

Inpatient Training

Broad exposure to diverse and unique inpatient rotations allows residents to become highly skilled at caring for both common and complex medical issues.

This experience allows residents to care for patients with a variety of medical issues, from the ordinary to obscure. Most patients are uninsured or have Medi-Cal, and they may not have a primary care physician. Attending rounds occur daily with a full-time faculty member. 
This highly subspecialized service is a unique and outstanding training experience. Cedars-Sinai performs more heart transplants than any institution in the world, and this rotation provides residents exposure to this highly complex patient population as well as to our renowned cardiology faculty. This unit is served by a medical team consisting of 2 interns and 3 residents, as well as general cardiology fellows and advanced heart failure fellows. 

This 32-bed ward is staffed by 3 interns, 1 resident and nurse practitioners. Residents care for patients undergoing allogenic and autologous bone marrow transplants and learn how to manage complications such as neutropenic fever, tumor lysis syndrome, and severe electrolyte derangements.  Patient care is supervised by a fellow and an attending hematologist/oncologist. 

Residents have the primary responsibility of caring for critically ill medical patients in this 24-bed ICU. It is staffed by 2 day teams—each with 2 residents and 2 interns—as well as 1 night team comprising 2 residents. Pulmonary fellows supervise around-the-clock, and a separate attending staffs each day team.
This 12-bed unit is staffed by 2 day teams—each composed of 1 resident and 1 intern—and 1 night team. Cardiology fellows are actively involved in patient management as well as teaching during bedside rounds and in didactic sessions.
Internal Medicine residents will rotate through the various subspecialites of internal medicine on consultative services in the inpatient setting, including:  cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hepatology, hematology/oncology, palliative care, infectious diseases, Nephrology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Each rotation is staffed by a fellow and an attend and includes formal didactic sessions and a defined curriculum.
Our program partners with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to allow for clinical training at a complementary site. Thirteen interns will have the opportunity to rotate on the general medicine wards at Harbor and care for patients in a different hospital system.
Ambulatory Training

Ambulatory training consists of both continuity clinic experiences every fifth week, as well as additional block rotations across a variety of ambulatory settings.

Residents will be able to choose to do their continuity experiences at one of three different site, allowing them to pick a site that most closely aligns with their career interests. During the continuity clinic week, residents will rotate through primary care and subspecialty clinics for a well-rounded ambulatory experience. During the additional block rotations residents will experience rotations in geriatrics and urgent care, and will have the opportunity to work at a variety of our FQHC partners: AIDS Project Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic, Korean Health Education Information and Research Clinic, and the Los Angeles Christian Health Center.

Residents manage a predominantly underfunded immigrant patient population in a traditional ambulatory setting.
Residents work with primary care physicians and see insured patients in a managed-care practice.

Residents care for indigent patients at a large Federally Qualified Health Center in a Patient-Centered Medical Home model.


Didactic sessions are conducted as a series of lectures and conferences, to which are essential to the educational experience for Internal Medicine residents.

Daily Lectures & Conferences
Each academic year begins with a 2-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
Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine hosts grand rounds every Friday morning. Medicine grand rounds features internal, local, and national experts discussing cutting-edge clinical and basic science research and updates in clinical practice.

ABIM Exam & Certification Preparation
The Department of Medicine provides ABIM review books for all internal medicine residents. In addition, the R3 class attends a 3 day Board Review Educational Conference in the spring that focuses on board review topics for their upcoming ABIM exam.
Morning Report

Daily morning reports are built into all inpatient services and are moderated by the medicine chief residents or full-time faculty.

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