Curriculum

The St Mary Medical Center-UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is designed to provide our graduates with broad-based clinical training and skills needed to deliver excellent patient care.

The PGY-1 year offers a balanced clinical experience by rotating through the Medicine Wards, ICU, selective service(s), and Harbor-UCLA Medicine Wards.  Additionally, approximately 2 months are dedicated to a combination of ER and continuity clinics. The typical intern schedule includes the following rotations:

Categorical PGY-1

  • 3-4 blocks Medicine Wards at St Mary Medical Center
  • 1-2 blocks Medicine Wards at Harbor-UCLA
  • 3 blocks ICU
  • 1 block general medicine outpatient clinic
  • 6-8 weeks night float (in 2-3 week blocks)
  • 2-4 weeks elective: cardiology, radiology, pathology, or neurology
  • 2-4 weeks ER
  • 4 weeks vacation

Preliminary PGY-1

  • 4 blocks Medicine Wards at St Mary Medical Center
  • 4-5 blocks ICU
  • 1 block general medicine outpatient clinic
  • 6-8 weeks night float (in 2-3 week blocks)
  • 2-4 weeks elective: cardiology, radiology, pathology, or neurology
  • 2-4 weeks ER
  • 4 weeks vacation

On Medicine Wards and ICU at SMMC, interns take call every 4th day 7:00am – 8:30 pm. On Medicine Wards at Harbor-UCLA, interns take call every ??

Both categorical and preliminary interns rotate on ICU and Medicine night float for 2 weeks at a time, working from 8:30 pm-7:30 am with Friday and Saturday off, and return on Sunday night at 8:30 pm.

Interns on the elective ER, and clinic rotations are scheduled for 1-2 night cross-cover calls, from 8:30pm-7:30am. There usually 1-3 call-free weekends off per rotation.

The PGY-2 and PGY-3 years are designed to alternate amongst 3-4 weeks of ambulatory and inpatient blocks.  Each ambulatory block has a subspecialty focus to allow ample opportunity for the residents to explore their individual interests and prepare themselves for individual career paths

During the inpatient blocks, senior residents assume a supervisory role over their junior colleagues while under the guidance of the teaching faculty. Our medicine ward team is comprised of one resident and one intern. Our ICU team is comprised of one resident and two interns.

Each resident also has one general medicine continuity clinics each week and one general medicine clinic each year. Residents have their own panel of patients that they serve and build over the course of the three year program.

Categorical PGY-2/PGY-3

  • 2-3 blocks Medicine Wards each year
  • 3 blocks ICU distributed during the 2 years1 block continuity clinic each year
  • 1 block of SMMC Cardiology
  • 2-4 weeks of night float each year
  • 1 block of Ambulatory each year (consists of Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, HIV, Sports Medicine, and Gynecology)
  • 1 block of Geriatrics during PGY3 year
  • 5-6 blocks Harbor Subspecialty (Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, General Medicine Consult, and Pulmonary) during the 2 years
  • 1-2 elective blocks during the 2 years
  • 3 weeks vacation each year

The Primary Care Internal Medicine Program (PCIM) is a track within the St. Mary Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, incepted in June 2011. The goal of the program is to train physicians to provide comprehensive internal medicine primary care, including inpatient and especially outpatient services.

Applicants to this track must verify that their intent is to practice or teach primary care internal medicine.

Over the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, the PCIM residents spend approximately ½ of their time on outpatient rotations and the other ½ on traditional internal medicine rotations, including Internal Medicine Wards, ICU, night float, and consultative specialty rotations

Primary Care PGY-2/PGY-3

  • 2-3 blocks Medicine Wards each year
  • 2 blocks ICU distributed during the 2 years
  • 1 block continuity clinic each year
  • 1 block SMMC Cardiology
  • 2-4 weeks of night float each year
  • 1 block Ambulatory each year (consists of Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, HIV, Sports Medicine, and Gynecology)
  • 5-6 blocks Harbor Subspecialty (Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, General Medicine Consult, and Pulmonary) during the 2 years
  • 1 block Geriatrics during PGY3 year
  • 1 block Para Latino Clinic (Paramount), serves a primarily Hispanic population
  • 1 block HIV care, via CARE Clinic at SMMC