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Academics

Resident schedules are tailored to career interests while providing well-rounded and rigorous general internal medicine training.

Sample Class Schedules

  • Future Cardiologist's Schedule (Class of 2020)
    PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3
    General wards Research Hematology wards
    Renal consult 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    ICU
    Night float Cardiology wards Ambulatory
    Cardiology wards ICU Research
    ICU Ambulatory Safety
    ID consults General wards General wards
    General wards Rheumatology clinics Research
    Ambulatory Ambulatory General wards
    Liver wards Emergency medicine Pulmonology consults
    General wards Cardiology consults Night float
    Geriatrics consults/clinics ICU GI core consult
    General wards General wards Cardiology clinics
    Night float Neurology consults Ambulatory
  • Future Endocrinologist's Schedule (Class of 2021)
    PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3
    General wards Emergency medicine ICU
    Geriatrics consults GI consults Oncology core consults
    Endocrinology consults General wards Liver consults
    Ambulatory Ambulatory Ambulatory
    Night float ICU Safety
    Cardiology wards Hematology wards Renal core consults
    General wards Dermatology clinic 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    Night float Ambulatory Neurology consults
    ID consults

    2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float

    Endocrinology consults
    General wards Rheumatology clinics Pulmonology wards
    ICU Research General wards
    General wards Endocrinology consults Ambulatory
    Pulmonology wards General wards ID consults
  • Future Hematologist/Oncologist Schedule (Class of 2020)
    PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3
    Night float Ambulatory Night float
    Geriatrics consults Rheumatology clinics Research
    Palliative consults ICU Safety
    General wards Research ICU
    ICU General wards Ambulatory
    General wards Hematology wards Renal consults
    Hem/Onc clinics Safety Homeless clinic
    Cardiology wards Hem/Onc clinics Oncology core consults/clinics
    Ambulatory Ambulatory Pulmonology wards
    General wards Emergency medicine Research
    Night float General wards General wards
    General wards Night float Neurology consults
    Pulmonology wards ICU Ambulatory
  • Future Hospitalist's Schedule (Class of 2020)
    PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3
    ICU Ambulatory 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    Night float Homeless clinic Cardiology wards
    Cardiology consults General wards Endocrinology consults
    Ambulatory ICU GI core consults
    General wards 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    Safety
    Geriatrics consults ID consults Ambulatory
    General wards General wards ICU
    Night float Hospitalist consults General wards
    GI consults Emergency medicine Neurology consults
    Cardiology wards ICU Kenya
    General wards Ambulatory Kenya
    Hematology wards Renal core consults Pulmonology wards
    General wards Rheumatology clinics Ambulatory
  • Future Gastroenterologist's Schedule (Class of 2021)
    PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3
    ICU Emergency medicine Hematology wards
    Ambulatory GI clinics Research
    General wards General wards Ambulatory
    General wards 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    Neurology consults
    Night float ICU Renal consults
    Liver wards Ambulatory ID core consults
    Cardiology consults General wards ICU
    General wards Cardiology wards Liver wards
    Night float Research Ambulatory
    Geriatrics consults Ambulatory 2 weeks general wards /
    2 weeks night float
    GI consults GI core consults Safety
    Cardiology wards ICU General wards
    General wards Rheumatology clinics Hem/Onc clinic

Ward Rotations

  • Cardiology Wards
    This Methodist rotation offers residents two weeks on a primary cardiology team and two weeks on an advanced heart failure team. Most patients on the primary cardiology team are located in the cardiac ICU, with cases such as acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock, and unstable arrhythmias. On the advanced heart failure team, residents are exposed to advanced heart failure therapies including chronic inotrope use, long-term LVAD support, and patients with recent and remote heart transplants
  • General Internal Medicine Wards

    Eskenazi, Roudebush VA, and Methodist hospitals have general internal medicine ward experiences. Most teams have one resident, two interns, one 4th year medical student, and three 3rd year medical students. Hours are 7 am to 4-5 pm and teams are capped at 16 patients. Eskenazi and the VA have call days every five days, where teams can accept up to seven new patients between 7 am and 7 pm. There are no overnight calls on general wards. Eskenazi and Methodist both have options for “hospitalist” wards, a two-resident team with no interns or students. These teams allow residents to experience the day in a life of a non-teaching hospitalist service.

  • Hematology Wards
    This rotation in the Simon Cancer Center at University hospital allows residents to participate in a multidisciplinary team including a hematology nurse, pharmacist, social worker, dietitian, and care manager. Common cases include lymphoma, leukemia, autoimmune hematologic disorders, and complications from sickle cell disease. Residents work two weeks of days from 7 am to 5 pm and two weeks of nights during which they work nine to ten shifts. Interns work days only.
  • ICU

    ICU rotations are available at all four hospitals, offering diverse patient populations and pathologies. Almost all residents are able to rotate through all four ICUs. Rotations at Eskenazi, University, and the VA have call shifts every four days; call shifts are 24 hours with an additional four hours for work associated with transfer of care. Methodist ICU is dedicated to our interns who get to train alongside excellent critical care physicians one-on-one with plenty of procedures to spare. Methodist ICU hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

  • Liver Wards
    IU School of Medicine hepatologists accept complex transfer patients from all over the midwest. Common cases include acute and chronic hepatitis, complications of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and acute liver failure. Residents have the opportunity to participate in emergent transplant work-ups and often see post-transplant patients as well. Residents work two weeks of days from 7 am to 5 pm and two weeks of nights during which they work nine to ten shifts. Interns work days only.

Consult Rotations

Consult rotations are offered at all four hospitals. We offer experiences in cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology, oncology, pulmonary, infectious diseases, and endocrinology among others. Almost all consult rotations allow weekends off.

Ambulatory Rotations

There are seven required ambulatory rotations, including geriatrics (which also has a consult component), rheumatology, and five total general ambulatory rotations. General ambulatory rotations include experiences in subspecialty clinics, addiction clinics, homeless clinics, and wellness experiences. These experiences are tailored to each resident’s clinical interests. Please see some of our unique ambulatory electives below:
  • Homeless Medicine Clinic
    Through Eskenazi Health’s Pedigo clinic, residents work with experienced physicians, nurses, social workers, and care coordinators to provide multidisciplinary care to persons experiencing homelessness. Residents have the opportunity to participate in weekly outreach visiting homeless camps throughout Indianapolis. 
  • Special Clinical Elective
    Working with a faculty mentor, the resident plans and designs a clinical elective to achieve individual goals. In the past, residents have used this opportunity to explore areas of medicine rarely encountered during typical training, including sports medicine, sleep medicine. Residents interested in primary care have also used this elective to focus on outpatient procedural skills such as placement of intrauterine devices.

Other electives

  • Safety
    This required rotation includes opportunities to participate in a robust peer review process and root cause analysis, investigate near-miss or key incidents in patient safety, and work in conjunction with patient safety officers at the VA and Eskenazi. Residents participate in one half-day clinic per week focusing on transitions of care, with special interest in safe hospital and extended-care facility discharges. Projects completed by residents during this rotation have stimulated hospital-wide changes to policies and practices and generated multiple research papers.
  • Research
    Working with a faculty mentor, residents on the special research elective plan and design research to achieve individualized goals such as exposure to different research types, initiation of a new research project, or the maintenance of an ongoing project. Prior research projects have included basic science research, comprehensive case reports, and reviews of clinical or research topics.
  • Medical Informatics
    This elective introduces residents to the fundamentals of medical informatics as a discipline, with modular content that can support distance-based learning. Topics include terminology/standards, decision science, programming, and data storage. Residents work with medical informatics fellows and faculty who have access to one of the nation’s largest repositories of medical data.
  • Kenya
    This is a two-month rotation located in Eldoret, Kenya that is designed to give residents global health experience in a low-income country. Residents join a team at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital with Kenyan medical students, residents, and other trainees. Typical cases include malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDs, as well as late and uncommon presentations of common disease including Type II diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cerebrovascular disease. Outpatient clinical experiences are available at a rural clinic where IU leads collaborative efforts to treat patients with HIV. Residents receive credit for one ward month and one elective.
  • Toxicolgy
    The toxicology service works closely with the Poison Center to evaluate inpatient cases at five hospitals across Indianapolis. The rotation includes daily lectures from toxicology faculty and staff and the opportunity to listen to calls to the Poison Center. The faculty and staff round on selected inpatient cases based on acuity of presentation, complexity of ingestion, and educational opportunities. Prior cases have included toxin-induced seizures and coma and toxic ingestions of acetaminophen and tricyclic antidepressants.