Internal Medicine Residency Program

A message from the Program Director

I am honored to welcome you to our Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program. There are many reasons to feel proud of our program which has been built on pillars of success. The support of our highly qualified leadership, our well-equipped, state-of-the-art institutions, and our competent faculty and medical staff all form the foundation of a strong and vibrant program.

The Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program has a mission to deliver high quality care to our patients and their families with respect, excellence, accountability, compassion and honor. The curriculum has been designed in a well-balanced way to address both clinical and didactic requirements for excellent training according to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and their six core clinical competencies and milestones.

Our vision is to prepare our residents and graduates to pursue careers in medical fields of their choosing and to be healthcare leaders in the twenty-first century. I encourage and invite you to apply to our residency. There is no better place to enjoy an excellent clinical experience and the beautiful lifestyle of Hudson River Valley.

Sincerely,

Abdalla Yousif, MD, MBBS, FACP
Program Director, Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program

Program Structure

As an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program, our curriculum and clinical training experiences will prepare graduates to be not only independent practitioners or candidates for fellowship training, but also leaders in the field of medicine. By graduation, all residents will receive approximately the same exposure listed below in terms of weeks:

The 4+1 Schedule

The Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program structure is a three-year program in which our residents spend 2-4 weeks on a given assignment, then one full week in the ambulatory setting, including dedicated continuity clinic time to see an assigned patient panel, geriatrics clinic and select internal medicine subspecialties. The graph below demonstrates this concept for an eight-week period.

In the above example, Dr. Adams begins his academic year with a four-week rotation on the inpatient medicine orange team. When the fourth week is over, Dr. Adams spends one week rotating in the continuity clinic and in various other internal medicine subspecialty clinics. Dr. Adams then changes to the next rotation, emergency medicine.

Note that as Dr. Adams is leaving the continuity clinic week, Dr. Berkley is coming into her continuity clinic week; and the pattern continues with Dr. Catanese and Dr. Deighton. These four individuals together comprise the continuity clinic “firm.”

Firms are a second benefit to our program’s structure. First, each firm has a designated continuity clinic faculty member assigned for the duration of their three years of training to guide and mentor their practice development. Second, each firm’s cohort of residents acts as practice partners for one another, mimicking the structure of most private group practices. This real-world experience reinforces the skills and competencies required to be fully prepared to successfully practice medicine by the end of training.

The third benefit is continuity of elective experiences. Prior to the start of each academic year, the resident will develop, with the mentorship of a faculty member, a rank list of preferred subspecialty elective continuity clinic experiences. The program director and chief resident will do their best to accommodate the top requests for periods of up to six months.

Continuity Clinic Week Schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the continuity clinic week. It is comprised of five continuity clinic sessions, three elective sessions (must be an internal medicine subspecialty), and one session each of sports medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. Resident clinical training is supplemented by morning briefs prior to clinic start day and daily noon conferences between morning (AM) and evening (PM) sessions.

Academic Offerings

Inpatient Medicine Morning Report
Morning Report is a case-based conference which allows residents and faculty to discuss patient care in an organized and efficient manner. Residents will present cases to faculty and members of the patient care team in attendance with a faculty member selected as the facilitator. The facilitator will use the information in the resident’s presentation as a springboard for robust conversation and discussion to develop medical knowledge, clinical skills, professionalism, and identify system resources or improvement initiatives pertinent to the case discussed.

Noon Continuity Clinic Conference
Health Quest Noon Continuity Clinic Conference is founded on the Yale Office-based Medicine Curriculum and facilitated by continuity clinic faculty and/or a chief resident. The cornerstones of this curriculum are the realistic, challenging cases and related questions prepared by Yale faculty, which emphasize practical aspects of diagnosis or management. These exercises prompt not only information recall, but also higher order cognitive skills, such as solving problems, evaluating new information and making judgments. Topics range from “bread and butter” internal medicine – such as chronic management of diabetes, hypertension and prevention – to subspecialty areas, such as orthopedics, rheumatology and dermatology.

Residents in the continuity clinic present patient cases including visit criteria, diagnosis, initial management, plans for care and possible procedures/tests. The focus of the discussion is selected by the presenting resident. For example, certain cases may be presented to discuss differential diagnoses, while others may be presented to discuss specific case management issues. Each semester, residents receive a six-month syllabus covering 24 cases with related questions, and one or more high quality, peer-reviewed articles. Over three years of training, residents will be exposed to a compendium of 144 different topics as part of the rotating syllabus of six volumes, one per semester.

Each semester also includes chapters relevant to current practice, such as coding, ethics and professionalism, or economic aspects of medicine. Each volume also includes recent therapeutic advances and, if relevant, areas of new controversy.

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds conferences use a variety of formats for presenting material including topic review, clinical pathological conferences, case of the month, etc. Topics for Grand Rounds Conferences vary from week to week, but include patient cases, ethical topics, professionalism discussions and additional competency-based topics.

Quality & Process Improvement
Quality & Process Improvement (Q&PI) Conferences, formerly Mortality and Morbidity – M&M, occur on a weekly basis and are presented by residents with faculty mentors’ guidance. Topics are decided by residents and faculty based on current/past patient care cases where a significant system error occurred. Q&PI provides a forum for resident interaction and discussion with attending physicians regarding care that could have been improved, and the opportunity to identify system errors. The faculty mentors facilitate the discussion based on the topic.

18-Month Recurring General Internal Medicine Curriculum
Our General Internal Medicine Curriculum is the core of our academic and didactic series. Taught by both board-certified internists and subspecialists, the curriculum is designed to provide residents with exposure to a wealth of topics and cases which span the care continuum.

  • July: General Medicine
  • August: Geriatric, Palliative and End of Life Care
  • September: Critical Care, Airways
  • October: Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Disaster Management
  • November: Infectious Diseases
  • December: Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders
  • January: Nephrology
  • February: Neurology
  • March: Infectious Diseases
  • April: Hematology/Oncology
  • May: Non-IM Subspecialties
  • June: Immunology/Rheumatology

Residents’ Journal Club
Journal Club topics follow the topic that is being discussed each week during the academic half day.

Tumor Board
The purpose of the Health Quest Tumor Board is to educate multidisciplinary physicians and ancillary staff who treat or manage cancer patients. Cancer conferences improve the care of cancer patients by contributing to the patient management process and outcomes, and by providing education to physicians in attendance. Residents will review and discuss diagnostic studies and learn the most evidence-based processes for implementing treatment plans, which will:

  • Optimize outcomes
  • Differentiate between diagnosis and follow-up modalities for various cancer types
  • Assess available clinical trials
  • Review new procedure guidelines, technology and treatment for cancer patients.

MKSAP 18 Board Review
Monthly quizzes are assigned, and challenging topics are reviewed during a monthly presentation. Residents are provided with free access to MKSAP 18. Board review electives are offered for graduating residents, and some residents choose to attend board review conferences offered nationally.

Health Quest Residency Joint Program Lecture Series
The Joint Program Lecture Series will occur on a quarterly basis in conjunction with the general surgery and internal medicine residency programs. The lecture series covers GME-wide topics such as resident fatigue, burnout, resident wellness and other issues. Sessions will be hosted by the GME office and invited speakers will present. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress and depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Burnout
  • Boundary violations
  • Impairment
  • Instructive feedback

ABIM In-Service Training Exam
Residents’ medical knowledge and clinical reasoning will be benchmarked for measuring longitudinal growth through the results of the annual American Board of Internal Medicine In-Service Training Examination. All internal medicine residents will complete the exam. Results will be reviewed with the program director to inform discussions and individualization of curriculum and clinical training (e.g., reading material, board prep and electives).

Research and Quality Improvement Opportunities

All residents in the Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program are provided opportunity for, and are fully supported in, scholarly activity/research and quality improvement pursuits. Additional research and QI participation by residents above the minimum requirements are highly encouraged. Residents are paired with a faculty mentor for all scholarly activity and quality improvement projects. This mentor is tasked with assisting residents in background research, feasibility, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, study design, implementation and analysis.

The goal of the internal medicine scholarly activity curriculum is to advance each resident’s knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how it is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care. Residents will be provided with a variety of resources to facilitate involvement in scholarly activity projects throughout their training, both in the continuity clinic and inpatient settings.

Residents will present all research either within the department, locally, regionally or nationally. Each year, the Health Quest Graduate Medical Education Department will sponsor a Resident Research Day wherein residents can present posters and oral presentations on ongoing or completed research topics.

Residents will also receive a month-long rotation in research/quality improvement during their PGY3 year. Rotation-specific curriculum is provided to residents with goals and objectives, requirements and expectations for the rotation. Topics for research projects completed during this time are subject to approval by the program director.

Resident Resources

Residents are provided with a wide variety of resources to encourage participating in research and quality improvement. Residents have access to a quality assurance officer who assists in the development and implementation of all quality improvement projects. In addition to the resident’s project mentor, the QA officer serves as an excellent resource for residents to use when working on their quality improvement projects, and implementation or analysis.

Quality Assurance Team – Internal medicine residents are assigned to the Quality Assurance Team Committee for a year. This experience provides residents with the ability to see quality assurance and improvement issues and solutions at a hospital level. These residents also serve as a resource to assist other residents in developing their quality improvement projects.

Continuity Clinic Data – Internal medicine residents will be provided with access to the clinical data for their Continuity Clinic patient panel. This data will allow them to develop quality improvement and research projects on issues with which their patients are diagnosed (for example: diabetes, hypertension, obesity).

How to Apply

The Health Quest Internal Medicine Residency Program thanks you for your interest in applying to our program. We accept all applications through the ERAS only and participate annually in the NRMP Match Program. We hope you choose to join us.

Requirements

The following items are required for consideration of interview. All items must be received through ERAS application portal:

  • Personal Statement
  • Current CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 CK Score
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Score
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Score
  • MSPE (Dean’s) Letter

Important Dates

We will interview candidates during select dates in November, December, and January. These dates will be provided to invited residency applicants via e-mail notification. Other important dates include:

  • September 15 at Noon ET: NRMP Registration Opens
  • October 1: MSPE (Dean’s) Letters Released through NRMP
  • November 30: Standard Registration Deadline for Applicants
  • February 21: Rank Order List Deadline
  • March 12: Match Week
  • March 15: Notification of Match
  • March 16: MATCH DAY CELEBRATION