WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
With consistent access to the state-of-the-art Patient Safety Center, residents have an opportunity to participate in medical simulations ranging from handoffs and difficult patient scenarios to a variety of code blue situations. Led by the Chief Medical Residents, housestaff receive feedback after direct observation and are afforded the ability to practice for stressful situations in a low-stakes environment.
In conjunction with the UM/JMH Center for Patient Safety, the Internal Medicine residents are trained on a variety of procedures, including paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and central line placement. This monthly rotation enlists 2nd and 3rd-year residents to participate in a 2-day instructional component, during which they learn invasive bedside procedures by a team of multi-disciplinary faculty in our UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety. The residents then spend 4 weeks as the hospital Procedure Team under the supervision of the faculty of the Center for Patient Safety.
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Rotation
Led by our VA Chief Residents for Quality and Safety, our Quality Improvement rotation is a 4 week rotation. Residents spend 4 weeks on site at the VA with a structured curriculum and mentorship through the PDSA cycle. The goals of the rotation are as follows: (1) Learn the process of appraising, investigating, and evaluating the care of patients (2) Gain experience with the critical appraisal of quality improvement (QI) research and literature (3) Participate in the education of patients, families, and health care professionals.
The entire residency program is split into 4 firms. Each firms rotates with each other through the block schedule and will all be in ambulatory practice at the same time. The firm system is a way to make our large residency program more close-knit. We do social events, mentoring, and community service within and among the firms. There is a competition between firms based on conference attendance, presentation at academic conferences, and board game Fridays.
Implemented in 2015, as an addition to our on-campus resident development, are 3 individual class retreats. Each class will have an opportunity to review the annual program evaluation and to plan resident-led innovations for the following year. The PGY-1 retreat includes a half day “Intern to Resident transition workshop” and a review of the annual program evaluation. The PGY2 and 3 retreats include class specific resident development workshops off-site.
Resident Scholarly Activity Program (RSAP)
All residents participate in a formal research development curriculum entitled “Resident Scholarly Activity Program” or RSAP. This is a 3 phase curriculum aimed to improve the quality of the research projects pursued by the residents and increase the number of projects submitted for publication in peer reviewed journals. The first phase of the curriculum starts in the first year with a series of lectures to facilitate identifying mentors, preparing an IRB proposal, and improving epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge. The second phase of the curriculum continues with research in progress meetings in the second year to assure research milestones and the quality of each project and the third phase is a formal presentation of the research methods and findings in the third year of residency. The program was originally conceived and designed by a few members of our Department of Medicine Clinical Research Division and has grown a robust and active leadership team consisting of three directors and one administrative director. The directors ensure the operational and executive functions of the program while the board provides the guidelines, milestones and vision for the program and its growth. Each resident is also expected to participate in our Annual Department of Medicine Research Day held each Spring at least once during their three years.
Miami has a culturally diverse population and allows for various opportunities to learn new cultures and languages for those who are interested. Entering house staff have the opportunity to participate in a week-long Spanish or Creole language course run by faculty from the University of Miami Intensive Language Institute.
UMH Cardiology Rotation
This is a comprehensive rotation that is the perfect hybrid of both critical care and outpatient cardiology. As a leading cardiac center in South Florida (the geriatric capital of the U.S.), the Coronary Care Unit at the University of Miami Hospital gives residents the opportunity to manage pathologies such as ventricular tachycardia storm, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis, acute coronary syndromes, and decompensated heart failure and exposes them to cutting-edge technologies such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and stem cell therapy. Residents work side-by-side in both the inpatient and outpatient settings with world-renowned faculty who are leaders in their fields. During this rotation, residents are also required to observe cardiac catheterizations, stress tests, and advanced cardiac imaging. This is the ideal rotation for anyone interested in pursuing a career in cardiovascular medicine.
UHealth Preoperative Assessment Center
Residents are afforded a unique opportunity to work closely with the division of Hospital Medicine to deliver evidence-based preoperative care in a multidisciplinary clinic. This daily clinic works in partnership with our inpatient consult service at University of Miami Hospital.
William J. Harrington Latin American Training Program
Since 1967, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has offered a wide range of opportunities to international medical students and physicians from Latin America and the Caribbean through the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs. Qualified applicants are placed in residency and observership programs in various specialties. International Medical Graduates who are applying to our program and meet the criteria (Latin American and Caribbean residents who attended medical school in Latin America or the Caribbean and are not US citizens or permanent residents) are strongly encouraged to apply to the William J. Harrington Latin American training program. Click here for application information.