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  • Internal Medicine

    Internal medicine is the branch and specialty of medicine concerning the diagnosis and non surgical treatment of diseases in adults, especially of internal organs. Doctors of internal medicine, also called "internists," are often referred to as the "doctor's doctor" because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Internal medicine doctors treat the whole person, not just internal organs.

    Medical rotation schedule

    One of the personal touches that the UMMC program offers is the way our residents are scheduled. Done with each individual resident’s interests in mind, our chief residents still make out the master schedule by hand every year. While our program has looked at a number of automated databases, we feel that the best fit for the program we want to foster is a hand-made schedule. Our chiefs take into account what each individual resident wishes to pursue long-term, and while they can’t guarantee a specific rotation at a specific time, they do their best to ensure a tailored schedule that fits the personality and desires of each resident.

    Typical schedules for UMMC residents

    PGY-1 year
    RotationNo. of monthsCall frequency

    UMMC medicine wards
    VA medicine wards
    Cardiology wards
    UMMC MICU
    VA MICU
    Ambulatory care
    Emergency medicine
    Subspecialty wards
    Elective
    TOTAL

    2
    2
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    2
    1
    12
    Q4
    Q8
    Q4
    Q3
    Shifts
    3-4/month
    Shifts
    3-4/month
    3-4/month
    1 call in 6-7 days
    PGY-2 year
    Medicine/cardiology wards
    Medicine consults
    UMMC MICU
    VA MICU
    Subspecialty wards
    Electives/ambulatory
    TOTAL

    2
    1
    1
    1
    2
    4
    12

    Q4
    2-3/month
    Q3
    Shifts
    2-3/month
    2-3/month
    1 call in 7-8 days
    PGY-3 year
    Medicine/cardiology wards
    Medicine consults
    UMMC MICU
    VA MICU
    Community medicien
    Subspecialty wards
    Electives
    TOTAL
    2
    1
    1
    0-1
    1
    1
    5-6
    12
    Q4
    1-2/month
    Q3
    Shifts
    1-2/month
    1-2/month
    1-2/month
    1 call in 10 days

    Subspecialty ward service options

    • Cardiology
    • Hematology
    • Nephrology
    • Oncology

    Consult service options

    • Allergy/immunology
    • Cardiology
    • Digestive diseases
    • Endocrinology
    • General medicine
    • Hypertension
    • Infectious diseases
    • Nephrology
    • Pulmonary
    • Rheumatology

    Critical care service options

    • UMMC medical intensive care unit
    • VA medical intensive care unit

    Other mandatory rotations

    • Emergency medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • UMMC ambulatory care
    • Community ambulatory care 

    Elective rotations

    • Adolescent medicine
    • Ambulatory non-invasive cardiology
    • Cardiac care unity - day shift
    • "Day float" - third-year UMMC house day shift
    • Hypertension service
    • Internal medicine research elective
    • Neurology ambulatory
    • Neurology ward
    • Sleep medicine
    • VA hematology