Internal Medicine residents participate in the care of a large and diverse patient population derived from the private practices of the faculty, referrals from outlying areas, from the Emergency Department, and from the housestaff clinic. Inpatient service assignments are split between the Princeton Baptist Medical Center campus and the Grandview Medical Center campus. Rotations on subspecialty medicine services are required in addition to rotations on general internal medicine services. Elective months in areas of particular interest are provided. Experience in critical care is gained on all inpatient services as residents follow their own patients in the intensive care units, and this experience is supplemented by a rotation in critical care. Ambulatory training is emphasized throughout the three-year program, with a weekly continuity care clinic beginning in the first year. During the second year, this increases to twice weekly. Block rotations broaden the ambulatory care experience. In addition, many traditional inpatient rotations have ambulatory components.
The patient-centered clinical training that serves as the basis for the BBH Internal Medicine residency is supplemented and strengthened through a regular series of lectures derived from a core curriculum of subjects important for all internists. Morning report, journal club, and non-clinical conferences on ethics, informatics, and practice management issues help round out the educational experience of our residents. Excellent medical libraries staffed by a full-time librarian are available at both Princeton and Grandview. Computer facilities for use in literature searches as well as for other educational purposes are accessible to residents at all times. The program also has a simulation lab with mannequins to help train residents in a variety of procedural skills, including intubation, central venous line placement, and many more.
The faculty of the BBH Internal Medicine Residency Program include outstanding teachers and clinicians with years of experience in both academic medicine and private practice. A core of faculty members with a full-time commitment to the program in each hospital is supplemented by excellent and enthusiastic volunteer faculty. Chief Medical Residents (CMR) recruited from our program assist with educational programs such as providing didactic lectures each month to medical students and coordinating topics for morning report. In addition, CMRs work hand-in-hand with full-time faculty members to establish and carry out program policies. CMRs are provided excellent opportunities to assist with patient care activities by serving as clinic supervisors and attending on the inpatient medicine service.