Program Structure and Curriculum

Typical Three-Year Experience

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 HO-I

Gen Med Ward

MICU

Amb Acute Care

Hem Onc Ward

Neuro Ward

Amb Geri/PC

Cards Ward

Gen Med Ward

Amb 
Elective

CCU

Renal Ward

ED

Gen Med Ward

  • Composed of 13 four-week blocks.
  • Interns have 4-5 non-ward rotations: 
    • Acute Care Clinic: Located at the Downtown Health Plaza (DHP) or the Outpatient Department (OPD)
    • Geriatrics/Palliative Care: Two weeks geriatric clinics, home care visits, and nursing home visits  and two weeks of palliative care consultations and Hospice rounds
    • Ambulatory Subspecialty Block: An ambulatory experience consisting of exposure to general and/or subspecialty clinics based on an intern’s interest as well as exposure to community resources to better serve our patients.  If interested, interns may dedicate approximately 50% of this block to start a research project.
    • Emergency Department
    • VA Outpatient Block 
  • During ambulatory (non-ward) blocks, Tuesday and Thursday mornings are dedicated to seminars on advanced interviewing and communication skills, professionalism, an introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine, and an introduction to the systems of health care and quality improvement.
  • Vacation: Interns receive six days of holiday leave over Christmas or New Year's and two other weeks of their choosing (during ambulatory rotations or the ED rotation).

HO-II

Renal Ward

Rheum Consult

Gen Med Ward

Endo Consult

MICU

Elective

GMOC/
VAC

GI Consult

ROC

Elective

MICU

Elective

ACE

HO-III 

VA

Hospitalist

ID Consult

Gen Med Ward

Pulm Consult

Board Study/ VAC

Jeopardy/ UIMA

CCU

Elective

ROC

Renal Consult

Hem Onc A

DHP

  • Each year composed of 13 four-week blocks.
  • For HO II’s & III’s, the schedule is designed to alternate “ward” and “non-ward” rotations.
  • Rotation key:
    • Hospitalist:  Residents gain experience on our Academic Hospitalist service (Gen Med E) working with Wake Forest Internal Medicine Physicians (WFIP).
    • ACE Ward (Acute Care for the Elderly): Residents work with our geriatricians caring for elderly patients admitted to the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging.
    • Elective:  Self-designed opportunity in the HOII/HOIII years to improve skills in general medicine clinics, subspecialty clinics and non-internal medicine ambulatory settings (GYN, Urology, ENT, Ortho, Radiology, etc.). Other electives include research, evidence based medicine, and practice based improvement modules.
    • VA:  Winston-Salem Outpatient Veterans Clinic
    • ROC:  Resident On Call (upper level night float)
    • ED/AIM: 2 weeks as admitting triage officer in ED and 2 weeks general internal medicine consults
    • Board Study: Focused board preparation
  • Vacation: Residents receive six days of holiday leave over either Christmas or New Year's and three additional weeks each year (1 week during an Elective and 2 weeks paired with Board Study).

Quick Reference

Internal Medicine Residency
Betsy Burkleo
Residency Coordinator

Residency Office
336-716-4305

Wake Forest School of Medicine
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Watlington Hall, 3rd Floor
Winston-Salem, NC  27157
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