Internal Medicine Program
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is an innovative three year program that has been constructed around the requirements set forth by the AOA and ACOI standards. It incorporates general internal medicine and subspecialties along with traditional ambulatory medicine with minor surgeries, and osteopathic manipulative medicine into a dynamic educational process. Along with on campus continuity clinics, our residents hone both their inpatient and outpatient skills, as well as their practice management skills, from the first day of the residency program. The hospital system offers a wide variety of practice experience from rural underserved communities to more traditional inpatient medicine.
Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s inpatient services are done in conjunction with an attending physician on all teaching services.
Continuity Clinics: Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency program is committed to ambulatory medicine training to best prepare our residents for their future. The continuity clinic experience is an integral portion of this training, allowing residents to learn how to manage both common and complicated outpatient conditions and to follow patients longitudinally over time. In partnership with East River Medical and under the supervision of their clinic preceptor, residents will develop an ambulatory patient panel of their own. These patients will view the resident as their primary care provider, and the resident will direct and manage their care for the duration of their time in the clinic. These longitudinal relationships with patients can be the most rewarding aspect of Internal Medicine training. The continuity clinic is scheduled during every month of training throughout residency exception of block nights and out-rotations.
Inpatient Hospitalists: The inpatient hospitalist service allows for a wide exposure to a broad spectrum of pathology amongst hospitalized patients. There are two teams divided among a senior/junior resident, interns and medical students. Two supervising hospitalist attending physicians are assigned to each team. Residents have the majority of responsibility for patient care whilst hospitalist attending physicians are responsible for overall supervision of patient care and teaching for the rotation. Teaching rounds are conducted daily. Weekend overnight calls (Saturday and Sunday nights beginning from 7 pm to 7 am) are covered by a senior resident and an intern as they cover all inpatient floors and the CCU/ICU whilst doing admissions.
Other internal medicine subspecialties and electives include:
- Allergy & Immunology
- Interventional Cardiology
- Gastroenterology – Salisbury
- Infectious Diseases
- Rheumatology (at W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina)