Training

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

Inpatient Training

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a large, 886-bed quaternary care hospital. Broad exposure to diverse and unique inpatient rotations allows residents to become highly skilled at caring for patients with both common and complex medical issues.

This experience allows residents to care for patients with a variety of medical issues, from the ordinary to the obscure. Most patients on this service 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 two interns and three residents, as well as general cardiology fellows and advanced heart failure fellows.

This 32-bed ward is staffed by three interns, one 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 a faculty hematologist/oncologist.

Residents have the primary responsibility of caring for critically ill medical patients in this 24-bed ICU. It is staffed by two day teams—each with two residents and two interns—as well as one night team comprising three residents. Pulmonary fellows supervise around the clock, and a separate attending staffs each day team.

This 12-bed unit is staffed by two day teams—each composed of one resident and one intern—and one night team. Cardiology fellows are actively involved in patient management as well as teaching during bedside rounds and in didactic sessions. Daily rounds are supervised by the cardiology faculty.

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 attending 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 to take care of 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 sites, 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 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) partners: AIDS Project Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic, Korean Health Education Information and Research Clinic, and the Los Angeles Christian Health Center.

At the Cedars-Sinai Ambulatory Care Clinic (ACC), residents take care of an underserved patient population, including a large number of immigrants from around the world. The ACC is a traditional hospital-based, resident-run primary care and urgent care clinic and many of these patients frequently present with complex medical problems. Residents also rotate through a variety of subspecialty clinics.

Residents work with primary care physicians and care for insured patients in a managed-care, patient-centered medical home practice. The style of medicine and practice setting that residents experience at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group reflects medical care as it is delivered to many millions of insured Americans throughout the country. Residents also rotate through an urgent care clinic and a variety of subspecialty clinics.

Residents care for indigent patients at this large Federally Qualified Health Center. Saban is a patient-centered medical home with an integrated urgent care and general medicine continuity clinic that provides care to an otherwise underserved and vulnerable patient population. These individuals require evaluation and care for a diverse number of medical problems. Residents also rotate through a variety of subspecialty clinics.

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