Point-of-Care (POCUS) and Special Topics

We are committed to providing our residents with innovative educational experiences in emerging areas in medical care and education. We offer a robust, longitudinal curriculum in POCUS and team-based simulation for rapid response, code blue, and procedures.

Clinical Skills and Simulation Education

The state-of-the-art simulation center includes several rooms with mannequins, monitors, crash carts etc. to simulate emergency and code situations. Residents are able to practice codes in real time and debrief with actual video clips of their simulations. A bedside ultrasound curriculum has also been implemented where residents in the SIM center learn and practice their ultrasound skills on volunteer patients. Procedures such as intraosseous lines, central lines, midlines, paracenteses and lumbar puncture are also learned here.

High Value Care

All residents receive the ACP High Value Care curriculum lecture series during intern year. This provides residents with the opportunity to learn and practice high value care. With health care costs soaring, this is a hot topic and our residents are provided with education in 5 core topics including:  healthcare costs and payment models, eliminating healthcare wastes and over ordering tests, high value diagnostic testing and cancer screening, high value hospitalization, and overcoming barriers to high value care. This is especially important since many of the milestones in the Systems Based Practice competency directly involve learning to practice cost conscious care. The High Value Care Curriculum (HVC) has been jointly developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) in an effort to train physicians to be good stewards of limited healthcare resources.

Women’s Health Curriculum

The Women’s Health curriculum is a longitudinal educational experience to help prepare residents in managing the unique health needs of female patients. Our interactive didactic workshops cover a variety of gynecological topics including cervical cancer screening, breast health, vaginitis, family planning, contraception, medical co-morbidities in pregnancy, and menopause. To further enhance residents’ exposure to female-specific conditions, our residents provide women’s primary care at Tech Park and also rotate through the Northport VA’s women’s health clinic.