WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
Multiple Training Sites on One Medical Campus
Our residency program is proud to be one of the largest medical campuses in the U.S. housing federal, county and private clinical sites providing opportunities to serve an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient population. All of our sites are located within walking distance from each other making life convenient for residents and faculty to transition between institutions.
Specialty Ward Teams
Residents rotate thorough subspecialty ward teams during each residency year. The benefit of our quaternary care institutions is the opportunity for residents to explore rotations such as Transplant Nephrology, Cardiology with Advanced Heart Failure therapies, and Hematology-Oncology as early as intern year.
This two-week elective provides residents with the knowledge and skills essential to bridge clinical practice and management. With this training, residents will be better prepared to become effective administrative physician leaders and thereby enhance the overall quality of the healthcare delivery system. The elective is taught by interdisciplinary instructors who are health care leaders across the medical campus, ranging from the UHealth Chief Medical Officer and Chief Financial Officer to leaders in Education such as our Associate Program Directors. Residents gain key knowledge and skills in the business of medicine through mixed learning modalities, including lecture, small group, and workshops.
UM Teaching Resident
This special elective provides senior residents two weeks of dedicated observed teaching time. Their learning curriculum includes designing goals and objectives, adult learning theory, and interactive learning techniques. Residents on this elective are assigned to teach medical students and colleagues alike.
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 second and third year residents to participate in a three 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 faculty.
Hospital Medicine Elective
The Hospital Medicine Elective provides residents who are interested in a career in Hospital Medicine an opportunity to gain insights into the Hospitalist’s model of healthcare delivery. This career development elective provides residents with instruction in the four domains of a hospitalist life – the business of medicine, quality and safety, leadership and teaching.
Point of Care Ultrasound Course
This interactive course utilizes simulation, lectures, hands-on sessions, and online modules to teach the residents bedside ultrasound for diagnostic purposes. During this rotation, the residents are exposed to an extensive variety of cases about general principles of ultrasound and dedicated cardiac, abdominal, vascular, and lung modules. After the course, the residents are able to perform bedside ultrasound in the clinical setting, with faculty supervision. At the 3 different locations, the teaching teams are equipped with dedicated portable ultrasound machines to use for diagnosis purposes and procedure guidance.
resident Research and Leadership Training
The RSAP curriculum seeks to improve the quality of the research projects pursued by residents and fellows through the introduction of research focused didactics and a structured research development program. This is a three-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 structured program during intern year includes identification of a relevant research question, creation of the framework of a manuscript, selection of a research mentor, and improvement of epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge through exposure and hands on interaction. 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. The third phase is a formal presentation of the research methods and findings in the third year of residency.
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 with a longitudinal project throughout the second and third years of residency. Residents spend 4 weeks on site at the VA with a structured curriculum and mentorship through the PDSA cycle. The goals include: to learn the process of appraising, investigating, and evaluating the care of patients; to gain experience with the critical appraisal of quality improvement (QI) research and literature; and to participate in the education of patients, families, and health care professionals.
Implemented in 2015, as an addition to our on-campus resident development and part of our wellness program, are three individual class retreats. Each class has an opportunity to review the annual program evaluation and to plan resident-led innovations for the following year. The PGY-1 retreat includes a resilience and emotional intelligence workshop lead by the US Army healthcare educators. Leadership training continues in the PGY-2 year with a program led leadership workshop and preparation for fellowship applications. Our PGY-3 retreat is an opportunity for class bonding and appreciation. Each retreat is at a relaxing and fun location. Past locations include the Miami Metro Zoo, The Frost Science Museum, Escape Room South Beach, and the Miami Marlins Stadium.
Miami has a culturally diverse population and allows various opportunities to experience new cultures and learn languages. Entering housestaff 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.
Cultural Intelligence Series
The program provides several opportunities for residents to learn about the unique cultures that create Miami’s diverse community. During our intern orientation, we introduced the residents to Miami’s Haitian Roots a partnership this year with a renowned author, Edwige Danticat. Ms. Danticat, a 2009 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, has written powerfully about the Haitian immigrant experience. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, compellingly describes her childhood in Haiti in the 1970’s and 80’s and her beloved uncle’s experiences escaping from political turmoil in Haiti and later in the custody of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services in Miami. Through our Urban Health Track film series, we introduce the residents to our urban Miami History through films such as Moonlight and Cocaine Cowboys.
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.