Skip to content

Curriculum

The curriculum at UT has been designed to develop physicians who are well equipped to deliver excellent patient care in any setting as independent practitioners of evidence-based internal medicine, and in doing so, to provide trainees with the necessary skills to successfully pursue any future endeavor in medicine. This goal is achieved through extensive training in the fundamental areas of internal medicine, broad exposure to the subspecialties, and the provision of high-quality educational seminars throughout the training period.

 

Our Approach

Block Schedule (3+1)

In this system, there are thirteen (13) 3+1 blocks. The 3-week blocks consist of ward, NF, ICU, and elective service assignments. When residents are assigned to these blocks, their focus is upon those patients only. They have no assigned continuity clinic. When they are on their ambulatory block (+1 week), their focus is upon their clinic patients only; they are not responsible for any inpatient duties. As a result of this consolidation of duties, there is much less daily fragmentation of their time and focus. Each block starts on Friday at 1700 (5pm); any shifts started before 1700 (e.g. long-call at ROH) must be completed before the resident leaves work. This means that at the end of each 3-week block, residents have a full weekend off followed by 5 days of 8am-5pm work in the clinic. Knowing this schedule, residents are able to plan at least one in four weekends off for the entire year and possibly the next 3 years. Planning trips and events is so much easier with the elimination of month-to-month variability associated with the traditional model.

When on the ambulatory block, residents have five (5) half-days of continuity clinic, two (2) half-days of subspecialty clinic, one (1) half-day for board review, and the remaining two (2) half-days will be set aside for other educational activity (e.g. research, QI project, simulation lab).

Week Stollerman Lynk Brawner Dugdale
July 1-8 Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
July 9-15 Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
July 16-22 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective
July 23-29 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective  
July 30-Aug 5 Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
Aug 6-12 Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
Aug 13-19 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective
Aug 20-26 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week
Aug 26 – Sept 2 Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
Sept 3-9 Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
Sept 10-16 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective
Sept 17-23 Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week
Sept 23-30 Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective
Oct 1-7 Ward/ICU/Elective Ambulatory week Ward/ICU/Elective Ward/ICU/Elective

Ambulatory week example:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Continuity Clinic GI Clinic - ROH Research Continuity Clinic Continuity Clinic
Afternoon Rheum Clinic - VA Continuity Clinic Continuity Clinic Simulation Lab Board Review

Training Tracks

Guided Resident International Training (GRIT)

We are excited to participate in the UTHSC "GRIT" program. Residents on this tract have a global health elective month with rotations at local refugee clinics, simulations to practice international medicine, and to volunteer with our local partners World Relief and Asha's Refuge to help them prepare to serve locally and abroad. Additionally, residents can attend monthly book clubs and global health noon conferences. Learn more about GRIT!

Categorical

Electives: Electives include the following: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, medicine consults, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, allergy/immunology, breast/gynecology/women’s health, critical care, global medicine, hepatology, palliative care, research, rural health care, anesthesia, board review, dermatology, hospital administration, hospitalist medicine, orthopedics, radiology, electrophysiology, and cardiac stress testing.

Last Published: Nov 2, 2021