Residency Program Overview
The Combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Residency Training Program at Hurley Medical Center is expressly designed for motivated residents seeking career flexibility, a longitudinal, “whole-person” perspective on human development, and the opportunity to serve patients at every stage of life. This mature, well-established residency training program provides extensive engagement in real-word medical practice and serves as an excellent platform for additional medical training in numerous subspecialties — all in a concentrated, four-year educational experience that fully prepares residents to pass both the internal medicine and pediatric board exams.
Affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, the Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency program is administered by a full-time Med-Peds-trained Program Director and Assistant Director. The combined residency training program incorporates the extensive academic and clinical resources of both institutions’ internal medicine and pediatric programs and departments, and provides balanced training in ambulatory care, general inpatient care, intensive care and numerous subspecialties.
One of the hallmarks of our residency training program is the combined med/peds continuity clinic and ambulatory block rotation. Hurley Medical Center was recently awarded more than $1 million to enhance our ambulatory curriculum and to create an innovative six-month block ambulatory rotation designed to prepare our graduates to practice high-quality medicine with a broad range of patients. The clinic and block rotation are based in a new, fully equipped clinic that also provides meeting space for various local community groups in a medically underserved area. The closed block ambulatory rotation runs concurrently with our Internal Medicine / Pediatrics continuity clinic to help provide ongoing care for all of our patients, a stable practice environment for our residents, and an opportunity to participate in quality-improvement initiatives and the development of office best practices. Hurley Medical Center also sponsors numerous community health and outreach initiatives designed to increase engagement with the individuals, families and neighborhoods we serve.
Hurley Medical Center provides excellent ancillary services, enabling residents to focus on actual medical practice rather than acting as support for house and staff physicians. In other words, our residents do doctors’ work and are prepared to practice in virtually any setting.
Med-Peds residents function as internal medicine and pediatric residents — gaining a strong sense of the culture and flavor of both services — while maintaining a distinctive Med-Peds program identity. The Internal Medicine / Pediatric residency program is highly integrated with the rest of Hurley Medical Center and the regional medical community. Our chief resident serves as a liaison to the categorical programs and as a representative for the Med-Peds residents. Likewise, senior residents participate actively in the education of junior residents. Residents at all levels teach and supervise the Michigan State University medical students who are assigned to the community for their required clerkships.
During the first 18 months of residency training, residents acquire skills to gather and interpret data, present cases, analyze ethical issues and make medical decisions. The remaining years provide progressive responsibility, with appropriately increasing supervisory duty in the categorical rotations.
We believe it is important for the resident to have a clear view of their personal training goals and study plan, and we work to help them develop an individual residency training program to meet these needs. Combined electives are strongly encouraged to maximize exposure to the full spectrum of medicine, pediatrics and associated specialties, including ophthalmology, otolaryngology, dermatology, orthopedics, urology and radiology, among others.
Our residency training program curriculum adheres to the current requirements of the joint American Board of Internal Medicine/American Board of Pediatrics “Guidelines for Combined Residency Training Programs.”
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