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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

   Internal Medicine Residency Program

Rotations and Clinics




 

Ambulatory Block

Residents have multiple venues in which to experience patient care in the ambulatory setting. In addition to their continuity clinics, residents rotate through the emergency department at UPMC and the VA and four ambulatory blocks during their 3 years of training. The goal of each ambulatory experience is to obtain a broader and deeper knowledge of the diagnosis and management of common problems seen in outpatient general medicine, to become familiar with "real world" office experiences as practiced in community-based general internal medicine (including aspects of billing, scheduling, and personnel management), and to apply evidence-based medicine principles as learned in the academic setting to the management of patients in a community practice.

During the ambulatory rotations, residents have experiences with community internists as well as practitioners in all medical subspecialties. There is an ambulatory care conference each week, during which various ambulatory medicine topics and evidence-based medicine concepts are reviewed. Residents rotating through the ambulatory block have opportunities to master their skills of clinical interviewing, communication, and motivational interviewing during focused communication skills training workshops.