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Program Strengths

You will have an opportunity to explore all aspects of training in our program if you are called for an interview. We are always looking for good and quality residents for both Preliminary and Categorical programs. The following are just a few of the strengths of the Internal Medicine Training Program (IMTP).

Structured Portfolio

The learning curve during residency is perhaps as steep as at any other time in a physician's life. To archive this learning and all the experiences during the training of our residents, we have established a Structured Portfolio for our residents.

The portfolio has all the sections and information necessary for the graduation of the residents in compliance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), University of Buffalo (UB) and all the other relevant organizations. We encourage applicants to review the portfolio with the program director during their interview.

Performance Improvement Project

To address core competencies mandated by ACGME, the completion of a Performance Improvement Project (PIP) is an integral part of the categorical resident training in the ambulatory setting. These projects are meant to train residents to apply best practices available for the management of their patients and measure improvements over a period of time. The resident's respective continuity clinic director will assist and review evidence-based medicine with the resident to establish these projects.

In addition to comprehensively implementing the practice-based learning and improvement competency through this initiative, PIP will also enhance resident understanding and learning of other core competencies in its implementation phase, especially patient care, medical knowledge, system-based practice and professionalism.

Space has been created in the resident portfolio for inclusion of all the performance improvement projects.

Evaluation and Feedback

One of the core objectives of the training program is to help monitor, evaluate and provide feedback to the residents about their educational experiences through didactic lectures, observed learning during management and teaching rounds, continuity clinic experiences and elective rotations. The residents will be evaluated by multisource 360° evaluation at the end of each module.

This is a rather elaborate section of the portfolio that includes evaluation, performance and feedback on Mini-CEX, In-Service Examination, ACP In-Training Examination, Annual Self-Evaluation, Self-Reflections and the conventional evaluations after each rotation.

Scholarship

Resident scholarship is one of the strengths of the program made possible with dedicated research time, especially during the second and the third year of training. Formal research and presentation of the same at the Annual Research Symposium is required for graduation. Residents frequently publish and/or make formal presentations at the regional and national meetings. The program provides an advisor to each resident on arrival to facilitate and assist residents to achieve their milestones.

There is a required presentation in CPC, M&M, Journal Club, Medical Grand Rounds and Morning Report as per the schedule, which is finalized for the academic year in advance. All such presentations, posters and publications are archived in the resident portfolio and reviewed by the Program Director with the resident on a quarterly basis.

Additional Strengths

  • High success rate in American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination
  • Advisor assignment from day one of your arrival based on your specialty interests and future plans
  • Mandatory research electives in PGY II and III
  • Back-to-back New York State Championship in ACP Medical Jeopardy (2008 and 2009)
  • Sponsorship for ACP membership for all categorical residents

You are encouraged to check out the benefit package for additional features of IMTP.

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