Graduate Medical Education

Curriculum

Internal medicine

A Paradigm Shift

The cost of health care, at its current rate, will soon become unsustainable. The paradigm by which we approach and treat many health conditions needs to change. In addition to treating chronic illness, we want to promote chronic wellness. The importance of nutrition and lifestyle change is not only vital in the treatment of chronic illness, but also for the promotion of general health. To that end, a Lifestyle Medicine Program and Curriculum will be incorporated into all three years of your residency training such that you will be able to become certified and sit for the certification exam in Lifestyle Medicine. Included in this curriculum are focused conferences on nutrition as well as the opportunity to participate in a lifestyle medicine ambulatory experience.

  • The first year of your training consists of rotations in the following areas:

    • Inpatient Hospitalist Medicine (20 weeks)
    • Inpatient Cardiology (4 weeks)
    • Inpatient Nephrology (4 weeks)
    • Intensive Care Unit (6 weeks)
    • Inpatient Neurology (2 weeks)
    • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
    • Night Medicine (4 weeks in two 2-week intervals)

    In your first year, you will also have Ambulatory Medicine Focused Rotations in the Following areas (8 weeks):

    • Ambulatory Endocrinology
    • Ambulatory Cardiology
    • Ambulatory Otolaryngology
    • Ambulatory Non-Operative Orthopedics
    • Ambulatory STI Clinic
    • Ambulatory General Internal Medicine

    The first year internal medicine residents will have a dedicated weekly continuity ambulatory outpatient experience at Medical Associates of Bethlehem, a primary care internal medicine office. In addition, the first year resident will also rotate through the collaborative resident/faculty clinical practices at St Luke’s Internal Medicine Easton (both Greenwood and Butler campuses). There is also a community medicine initiative that the resident will have the opportunity to participate in on designated Tuesday afternoons of the ambulatory rotation. Residents have the opportunity to take 3 weeks of vacation during their ambulatory, cardiology, nephrology, and neurology rotations.

  • In the second year of your residency, your training will consist of rotations on:

    • Inpatient Hospitalist Medicine (12 weeks)
    • Intensive Care Unit (6 weeks)
    • Geriatrics (4 weeks)
    • Inpatient Pulmonary (2 weeks)
    • Inpatient Gastroenterology (3 weeks)
    • Inpatient and Ambulatory Hematology/Oncology (2 weeks)
    • Night Medicine (4 weeks in two 2-week intervals)
    • Elective Rotations (8 weeks)
    • Women’s Health (2 weeks)

    In your second year you also have Ambulatory Medicine Focused Rotations in the Following Areas:

    • Ambulatory Pulmonary
    • Ambulatory Gastroenterology
    • Ambulatory Allergy and Immunology
    • Ambulatory Ophthalmology
    • Ambulatory Endocrinology

    You also continue to maintain a weekly continuity clinic where you will follow your own patient panel during your training.

    This is where the flexibility of our program and the experience you will receive at St. Luke’s University Health Network will come into play. Rarely will you get so much hands-on experience in the second year of your residency. In your second year of training, you also can pursue a primary care pathway or personalize your own pathway based on your particular career interests.

  • In the third year of your residency, your training will consist of rotations on:

    • Inpatient Hospitalist Medicine (12 weeks)
    • Intensive Care Unit (6 weeks)
    • Junior Attending (4 weeks)
    • Palliative Care Medicine (4 weeks)
    • Endocrinology (4 weeks)
    • Dermatology (4 weeks)
    • Pain Management (2 weeks)
    • Rheumatology (2 weeks)
    • Night Medicine (Certain Weekends During the Academic Year)
    • Ambulatory Neurology/Sleep Medicine (2 weeks)
    • Elective Rotations (12 weeks)