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What is your RRC accreditation status?

We have full accreditation from the ACGME.

Do you conform to all the RRC regulations regarding admissions, duty hours and working environment? Do you have all the curricular elements required by the RRC?

By being fully accredited, we abide by all RRC regulations for curricular content and duty hour. We enforce a strict 5 admission cap for first year residents, have a night and day float system, ensure adequate sleep and rest while on call with our Fatigue Management Policy. We have an extensive night team and cross coverage system to ensure that all residents work less than 80 hours/week on average over the month, have 4 full days off each month, and have 8-10 hours off between duty shifts.

After our participation in the iCOMPARE trial and based on resident feedback, interns only have 28 hour overnight shifts in the University MICU and CCU.  We ensure that everyone has a 45 minutes nap during these shifts.  Upper level residents also have overnight shifts in the Cancer Center and the VA MICU and CCU. 

We use a "drip method" for the last two hours to ensure that interns have enough time to complete their work during their shift.  Interns take their last admission at 6 PM when on long call and at 6 AM while on night float. We have numerous opportunities for moonlighting which also helps the teams meet their clinical responsibilities. We track work hours monthly to ensure we are 100% compliant. In addition, we ensure that all teams do not exceed their caps for individual and team patient census.

Our written curriculum is competency-based, comprehensive and encompasses all elements required by the RRC. We implemented the ABIM Milestones as the foundation of our evaluation process in July 2013 so residents can track their success in the program.  We have added several curricular items targeted at areas that we feel are important, such as simulations, hospital medicine, international electives and palliative medicine.  

What recreational facilities are nearby for residents?

Our Campus Center is located right across the street from the hospital. There you will find cafes with healthy food options, lounges and conference space. A full service gym with group classes, cardio equipment, pilates, zumba classes, weight equipment, and pool is open to our residents for a reasonable monthly fee. 

What physical changes have you made?

We have a Resident Lounge where residents can relax, work on the computer or watch our wide screen TV.  The Department has renovated the call rooms, making the facilities attractive, quiet and safe, and have attractive space for our daily conferences. In addition, the Weinberg Building houses our 29-bed MICU. The outpatient center of the Greenebaum Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art NCI comprehensive cancer care for ambulatory patients. An 18-bed Intermediate Care Unit (IMC) opened in 2009 and is non-teaching service staffed by hospitalists. 

What library facilities are available to the residents?

The Health Sciences Library is a modern state-of-the-art facility with over 2,300 journals. Through the use of Up-to-Date, Ovid and Medline, residents have access to pertinent literature through enhanced searching capabilities in an evidence based medicine format. Access is available from any computer on campus.