Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

   Internal Medicine Residency Program

Life Changing Residency




Hospitalist Special Elective Rotations

All residents at UPMC rotate through inpatient ward experiences during their 3 years of training. In addition to these experiences generalist track residents are offered special electives in hospitalist medicine:

Critical Care Outreach—With over 2,000 interventions each year, UPMC is a leader in rapid response teams. During this rotation, residents work with critical care faculty and learn to rapidly assess and manage patients with deteriorating conditions.

Hospital Medicine—The hospital medicine rotation is a 1-month rotation spent under the direct supervision of a hospitalist attending physician. Residents learn to function independently in an environment that reproduces the responsibilities of hospitalists. The rotation schedule is a typical hospital medicine schedule that allows residents to develop the skills required in today's shift work environment, such as handoffs and time management. Residents work with physician extenders and are required to learn elements of billing and coding. Daily didactics are offered on topics that are not usually covered in general medicine ward rotations.

Medicine Consults—The medicine consult rotation provides residents with the skills required to offer effective medicine consultation and perioperative management. The rotation exposes residents to concepts of comanagement with surgical and nonmedical services. The curriculum includes important evidence-based guidelines and landmark articles.

Palliative Care—Palliative care education is an essential part of the training of future hospitalists. Under the guidance of experienced palliative care attendings, residents acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide compassionate, technically proficient, culturally appropriate care to patients with life- threatening illnesses and their family members. Residents become part of a multidisciplinary palliative care team.