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Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum

Internal medicine residents in a didactic lecture

The education mission of the Drexel Internal Medicine Residency program combines traditional didactic education with case-based learning, small-group learning activities and state-of-the-art simulation scenarios. We believe that this combination of strategies encourages the development of lifelong learning skills and critical thinking while covering the vast assortment of knowledge that must be mastered for patient care.

Didactic Teaching

Morning Report

Held daily, residents present to their peers, attendings and chief medical residents.  This often means presenting to our award-winning educators for the hour-long conference. At the end of each session, residents present a review of the literature on the topic of the day to the group, which improves their presentation and communication skills.

Noon Conference

Formal, one-hour lectures are presented at 12:15 p.m. every day by faculty from various divisions and departments. Topics range from board-relevant issues to practical approaches in various scenarios of medical practice.

Ambulatory Education

While on your ambulatory week, residents will spend two hours a week in PGY level–specific education sessions that will focus on disease management as well as understanding of practice management and health care delivery systems.

Medical Grand Rounds

Every Wednesday, a nationally renowned visiting professor presents lectures as well as recent scientific developments and their impact on clinical medicine. The lecture attracts more than 150 residents, students, faculty and visiting practitioners from the community.

Clinical Case Discussion

After grand rounds, residents have the opportunity to meet the grand rounds speaker in a more intimate setting where cases are presented by residents and analyzed with the visiting professor. Interaction with these speakers stimulates more sophisticated thinking about medical topics.

Journal Club

Recent impactful or sentinel literature is presented by residents. The articles for discussion are chosen through database searches for common clinical scenarios encountered on the floors. Residents analyze the data and learn how to integrate this knowledge into daily practice. The skills gleaned from the evidence-based medicine lecture series are applied practically to a bigger panel of audience.

Intern Report

At least one afternoon each week, interns have their own case-based conference with the chief residents. This is protected learning time, as interns present interesting cases to their peer group with discussions aimed at improving clinical skills pertinent to their level.

Medical Emergencies Summer Lecture Series

This series includes lectures by our faculty and occurs during the early months of the academic year. These didactics are designed to provide a strong basic foundation and to build confidence among new (and old) residents to face emergency situations as well as very common scenarios.

Research Curriculum

Developed by Michele Kutzler, PhD, assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, our residents are provided with the guidance to understand the principles of research and to develop their own research projects. From the basics of project planning and statistics to instruction on effective presentation skills, our residents are provided with the tools to be successful in their diverse scholarly activities.


The Drexel internal medicine residents receive training in medical care and procedures through simulation. Drexel University College of Medicine is fortunate to have the state-of-the-art Independence Blue Cross Simulation Center located at the Queen Lane Campus, as well as a small simulation unit located within our resident ambulatory practice. These practice sessions with an attending simulate a range of scenarios including rapid responses, codes and a variety of procedures.

Internal medicine residents in a didactic lecture

Firm Meetings

The firms divide the residency into smaller groups, led by associate program directors, chief residents and other attendings. The firms promote career counseling, mentoring and social support, as well as provide the venue for small-group learning.

Quality Improvement

The Department of Medicine conducts quality improvement conferences twice a month throughout the academic year. It is our aim to discuss issues dealing with patient safety, medical error reduction and improvement of clinical care as well as systems of practice. Conference objectives include case discussion, critical analysis of medical management and strategies to improve health care delivery. In addition to our QI conferences, by working in groups under the guidance of our faculty, our residents are required to develop and complete quality improvement projects during their training.

Procedures Clinic

Interactive attending-mentored workshops occur throughout the year covering central line placement, basic intubation and lumbar punctures, among other procedures, using video tutorials and high-tech simulators that provide learners with hands-on experience.

ABIM Board Review

All categorical internal medicine residents are expected to sit for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine at the completion of the residency. Preparation for this exam is an important focus of the third year of training. Weekly board review sessions, led by the faculty and the chief residents, are held for all third-year residents to review high-yield topics.

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Medical supplies in a doctor's office.