Examples of Program Descriptions
The program description is a succinct overview (limited to 250 words) of your program that could be used for recruitment and should highlight the unique aspects of your program. The following are examples from the EVMS core and subspecialty programs. They submitted their self-studies to ACGME during academic year 2015-16.
- Internal Medicine Residency
- IM Endocrinology Fellowship
- IM Infectious Disease Fellowship
- IM Sleep Medicine Fellowship
The internal medicine residency at EVMS offers many of the benefits of a university based program in a community atmosphere. Residents graduate from our program prepared to practice in any healthcare setting and have been quite successful in the fellowship match. Our major teaching affiliate, SNGH is a quaternary care hospital consistently ranked among the top regional hospitals by US News and World Report. It is similarly recognized for performance in geriatrics, nephrology, oncology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, and endocrinology. We also offer experiences at a smaller community facility in the region and our VA hospital. This diversity of clinical experiences serves to prepare our residents to care for the highest levels of acuity in various practice environments. Residents also provide care in a hospital-based clinic serving the uninsured of our area. Our residents enjoy the opportunity to practice at the advancing edge of medicine alongside leaders in various fields while learning in a rich academic milieu with residents and fellows across disciplines. They also reap the benefits of the individual attention our modest program size affords them. All of our general internal medicine faculty practice in both the inpatient and PCMH-certified outpatient settings and have clinic hours independent of their teaching duties. Residents at EVMS learn medicine from physicians who actively practice medicine on a regular basis. A few program highlights:
- ACGME Accredited
- Tracks – Categorical, Preliminary, Combined Geri/Med
- Fellowship opportunities
Pulmonary/ Critical Care
IM Endocrinology Fellowship
The Eastern Virginia Medical School Endocrinology Fellowship is a 2-year clinical program wherein fellows are trained to enter clinical practice and provide top-notch endocrine care to a diverse population of patients with endocrine diseases. Fellows are trained in both outpatient and inpatient endocrinology, through their own outpatient clinics, a variety of clinical rotation experiences including but not limited to pediatric endocrinology, endocrinology and pregnancy, and reproductive endocrinology, and our inpatient general endocrine and cardiovascular/diabetes consult services. Fellows rotate through a diverse group of clinical settings, including our own endocrine clinics at the Strelitz Diabetes Center (outpatient), the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Hampton and in Virginia Beach (outpatient), and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Heart Hospital (inpatient). In our clinics the fellows work with certified diabetes educators and our dietician. Fellows are trained by faculty certified in thyroid ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration, and bone density interpretation, and are taught the skills necessary to utilize insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors in clinical practice. Fellows are involved in scholarly activities including clinical research and abstract presentations at national meetings, and are involved in quality improvement projects designed to help them learn the significance of quality improvement and how it will apply to their clinical practice. We have an active and involved faculty who enjoy participating in fellows’ weekly didactics (case conference, lectures, journal club and board review). At the completion of their fellowship training, our graduates are well-prepared to sit for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism board examination.
IM Infectious Disease Fellowship
The EVMS ID fellowship is a two-year program focused on developing well-rounded general ID physicians. To this end, trainees rotate through the inpatient consult service, outpatient clinic where they longitudinally follow HIV patients as well as see hospital follow-ups, general ID consults, and travel medicine. Additional rotations in microbiology, transplant infectious diseases, HIV/HCV co-infection, and exposure to infection control, antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement complement this training. Outpatient electives at the Norfolk Health Department (NHD) STD clinic, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and private ID Practices are available. Of note, the fellowship has a 6 month Wound Care/Hyperbaric Oxygen (WC/HBO) Medicine track which aims for certification in this area upon completion.
IM Sleep Medicine Fellowship
The Eastern Virginia Medical School Sleep Fellowship program is an intellectually rewarding and rigorous educational program that provides a solid preparation for the Sleep Medicine board examination and subsequently for both clinical and academic practice. A multi-generational diverse and active patient experience is provided through 5 different educational sites (4 of which have American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep disorders centers). These educational sites include EVMS’s Fort Norfolk Plaza (outpatient), Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters (pediatric), Veteran’s Administration Medical Center-Hampton, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (tertiary care hospital) and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center (outpatient). The fellowship program is fortunate to have an educationally varied, capable and committed faculty. Faculty offers the sleep medicine fellow exposure to diverse backgrounds that include Adult Pulmonary/Critical Care, Psychology, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Adult Neurology and Pediatric Otolaryngology. This faculty is buttressed by strong Eastern Virginia Medical School, board-registered polysomnographic technologists (Our Operations Manager is a nationally recognized RPSGT and President of the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine) and also supported by community faculty. Examples of such community support include sleep dentistry and oral maxillofacial surgery. Beyond providing the “bread and butter” sleep medicine experience, the sleep medicine fellowship also exposes the fellow to unique educational opportunities that include Driving Simulator testing and Sleep Related Erection testing. Our fellow is actively involved in teaching. Since our program supports only one fellow each year, we are able to focus all our energies on his or her educational and professional development.