Internal Medicine Residency Program
Continuity Clinic and the Ambulatory Week
The mission of the Residency Program is to develop master clinicians with the skills necessary to become leaders in medical education, research, and service in a variety of health related fields. In today’s healthcare environment, the vast majority of medical care, either primary or subspecialty care, is provided though the ambulatory setting. Our mission is regardless of career choice in medicine, to prepare all of our graduates with the necessary skills to function and succeed in the ambulatory setting.
Our Medicine Group Practice is now located at 3322 N. Broad Street, across the street from TUH, in a space specifically renovated for the residency continuity clinic. Besides numerous patient care rooms, the practice has a large space for outpatient precepting, as well as a space for our multidisciplinary Triage team of residents and the practice RN. Ancillary staff work with our residents to facilitate provision of outstanding medical care, including a dedicated social worker, a nutritionist, nurse student educators, and faculty from the School of Pharmacy. As with all of the outpatient practices at Temple, our Medicine Group Practice uses Epic as our electronic health record, enabling access to data from inpatient stays and other subspecialist visits.
Our well established 4+1 schedule has improved the overall real-world education of our residents and provides a clear separation between residents’ inpatient and outpatient duties. The system allows for less fragmentation of care in the hospital while maintaining continuity of care in the outpatient practice. By providing regular contact with the Ambulatory continuity practice, this system has improved resident satisfaction and comfort with outpatient medicine. Under the 4+1 system, every fifth week is an Ambulatory Week, devoted to continuity clinic and other outpatient experiences.
Structure of the Ambulatory week:
Our ambulatory curriculum is an innovative and comprehensive program that goes beyond providing our residents with basic outpatient medical and procedural knowledge. In addition, the curriculum provides our graduates with valuable skills in quality improvement, electronic medical record management, and cost-conscious high value care that can be applied to all areas of medicine. The ambulatory curriculum is a themed based 18 block curriculum that is repeated approximately twice in an individual’s 3 year residency. Didactic topics are organized based on the theme of the week and cover core topics in outpatient medicine.
Every Monday at noon we have an ambulatory grand rounds conference in which a faculty expert gives a talk on a topic that is related to the theme of the week. In addition, during the ambulatory week residents engage in protected didactic time Monday through Friday from 8am to 9am. The faculty and residents engage in ambulatory didactics in a variety of formats:
We are very proud of the unique and comprehensive experience we provide in patient safety & quality improvement to our residents. In addition, to the experiences detailed below Dr. Elizabeth Leilani Lee provides a series of didactic lectures on performing quality improvement to provide the residents with a basic foundation in performing quality improvement.
All residents are involved in a group quality improvement project. There are 10 outpatient projects that are conducted by the residents throughout the academic year. The project topics are selected by the residents and mentored by a faculty. Each year our quality improvement projects bring about beneficial change to our practice and scholarly activity to our residents. Many of our projects have been presented at local and national meetings.
All upper year residents are engaged in a yearlong individual quality improvement project focusing on improving a quality indicator in their continuity patient panel. Using our Electronic health record, upper year residents are generated a quarterly report card on their patient panel providing them on critical quality measures for their patients. Such as what was their flu vaccination rate in their patient panel, rates of colon cancer screening, or percentage of diabetics with hypertension on an ACE-I or ARB. Based on these report cards our residents devise & implement with their faculty advisor a plan to improve on one of these indicators.
Each ambulatory week, residents have a designated half day for a subspecialty outpatient experience. To facilitate their transition to residency, each intern is matched with an attending physician from the various subspecialties including gastroenterology, pulmonology, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology and hematology/oncology. As residency progresses, residents are encouraged to choose their own subspecialist experience to suit their interest and career goals. During these sessions, residents are afforded the opportunity to experience practicing subspecialty medicine in an ambulatory setting, as well as form longitudinal relationships with subspecialty physicians.
Residents are provided dedicated time each week to provide direct patient outreach to improve the health of their continuity clinic patient panel. Residents are provided with topics which align with the 18 block curriculum, and are supported in their outreach endeavors with guided readings from recent medical literature.
Cara Heller, PGY-3
“At the Medicine Group Practice clinic, I take care of a diverse panel of patients, many of whom have several complicated medical and social issues. After only one year, I have had enough continuity with my patients to have formed strong, trusting relationships and they truly view me as their primary provider. I have gained confidence in treating some of the most medically complex patients, while always feeling supported by my preceptors. My experience in clinic has been challenging and rewarding, and I know the skills I have gained will benefit me throughout my career.”
Jennifer Sheng, PGY-3
“Clinic week is one of my favorite aspects of our program! It's gratifying seeing our patients in a less acute setting and helping them take ownership of their health. Although we have many patients with complex conditions , we have great support from our attending preceptors . There's a warm, friendly environment that allows for a great partnership amongst all of us. This is one if the things that I value the most and drew me to Temple.”
Dan Burke, PGY-3
“The continuity we experience in ambulatory clinic is the crux of internal medicine. Following patients month-to-month, day-to-day, we get to monitor and learn from the outcomes of our care. It's incredibly rewarding to witness our patients' improvement. When you watch a patient turn around from being wheeled in devastatingly ill and deconditioned to walking into your office with a smile ear to ear, you start to understand what a drastic impact we can have.”
Elizabeth Leilani Lee, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine Associate Program
Director Internal Medicine Residency Program Temple University firstname.lastname@example.org
Alia Chisty, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine
Medical Director of the Medicine Group Practice
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