Laying The Foundation Through Medical Education
The Department of Internal Medicine provides an exceptional educational experience to residents and fellows. Nine subspecialty training programs as well as the residency training program meet or exceed all accreditation standards of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Residency Review Committee (RRC). This year, ninety-six percent of our graduates passed the Internal Medicine Board Examinations.
The Department continues to evolve training to achieve ACGME-mandated competencies in medical communication, professionalism, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement. Wake Forest has been selected as a site for assessing the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Practice Improvement Module in the Care of the Vulnerable Elderly. Chief residents collaborate with program directors in teaching evidence-based medicine. All residents are taught basic principles of health care systems and the systems perspective is integrated into conferences such as Morning Report and Morbidity and Mortality Review. The internship includes workshops and seminars in advanced communication skills and professionalism.
Greater emphasis is being placed on preparing the researchers of tomorrow.
In 2007, the Department established the Tinsley R. Harrison Research Program, identifying faculty researchers in each section to mentor residents.The first resident and fellow research day was held in May 2007. These and other efforts have increased resident research productivity.