The Internal Medicine Residency Program has been designed to fulfill the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies in:
- Patient Care;
- Medical Knowledge;
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills;
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; and
- Systems-Based Practice.
Residents will gain clinical exposure and experiences through a wide variety of hospital-based and ambulatory rotations, complemented by comprehensive didactics presented by residents, core faculty, and subspecialists. ACGME clinical and educational work hour regulations will be strictly followed in order to help maintain patient safety and resident well-being.
The curriculum offers a balanced learning environment within various inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of the core rotations will take place at Cape Coral Hospital, and ambulatory and elective rotations will give residents experience in various clinics throughout the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers communities. Our newly constructed continuity clinic is less than one mile away from the Cape Coral Hospital, and will give residents the clinical experience of having their own patient panel, and focusing on preventive health and acute and chronic multi-system disease management. The newly constructed simulation center will offer residents a forum to practice various procedures and hone skills in a comfortable environment. Residents will use mock codes and standardized patient encounters as part of the available methods for simulation training. A point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum is currently being developed with plans to implement in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings.
Our program will promote research and scholarly activity and provide many resources for involvement in research and independent learning. Residents will participate in a scholarly elective rotation and will also be involved in quality improvement projects in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Frequent and effective feedback from faculty tracking resident ACGME milestone and competency progress will be a key component of all clinical rotations.
The diverse patient population at Cape Coral Hospital and the surrounding community will expose residents to both bread and butter internal medicine and more complex pathology and diagnosis.