At Weill Cornell Medicine, we pride ourselves on innovative educational initiatives. We are constantly evaluating and enhancing the way we educate our residents. Our program director, faculty, and chief residents are thoroughly invested in the education of the residents and dedicate themselves to providing high quality learning both at and away from the bedside. With our Education Specialist, Cathy Jalali, work rounds and attending rounds are honed to encourage active learning, where faculty challenge residents to provide the rationale and evidence for their clinical decisions. Dr. Jalali additionally works closely with the faculty to build a curriculum that ensures that residents master the core content that is essential to becoming an excellent internal medicine physician. Residents finish their three years of training prepared for a vast number of subspecialties and career pathways.
With the recent addition of leased iPads® provided for every resident, there is a common space for learning, exploring, and understanding the practice of internal medicine. Every rotation has a comprehensive curriculum complete with recorded talks, sentinel articles, clear expectations, and board-like questions as an adjunct to the clinical experience. Other high yield resources have been built into the iPad learning environment which makes them easily accessible and completely searchable for the residents. Announcements and information are updated weekly with morning report topics, journal articles, and other hot topics.
Morning report is a rapid-fire session of discussing cases, learning from seasoned master clinicians, and seeking the best evidence from the literature where available. The Chief Residents set a tone of highly academic discussions blended with practical knowledge about taking care of patients. A different faculty member serves as the guest attending each week for Morning Report, with many of the hospitalists also attending and joining in the discussion. Morning Report is co-managed by one Chief Resident with the Assistant Chief Resident, who work together to plan highly interactive case-based conferences with key clinical questions. A medical librarian then identifies the relevant medical literature after each conference. The PGY3 Assistant Chief Resident distills the take-home message, and together with the chief residents creates a weekly podcast of the key take-home learning points from the cases presented over the week. In five minutes or less, residents can easily keep up with conferences.
The 36-month experience results in well-balanced and highly effective training. Graduates routinely comment how well-prepared they feel for their next steps, whether that be fellowship training or a job.
Cathy Jalali, Ph.D.