House Staff training is supervised by Robert D. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education and Director of the Residency Training Program, with the advice of the House Staff Committee. The House Staff Committee is composed of the Chair, the Director of the Residency Training Program, the Associate Director of the Residency Training Program, senior and junior faculty members representing all areas and training sites of the department, and the Chief Resident. Charles Stratton, M.D. serves as the Associate Director of the program and Elizabeth Rinker, M.D. joins the committee this year as Chief Resident. The administrative needs of the program are handled by the Program Managers, Lorie Franklin, Audrey Patrick and Katherine Sachs.
The content of the program is under constant scrutiny and evaluation, and continually evolves with the assimilation of new knowledge and techniques. Rotation directors evaluate residents and inform them of their progress and residents, in turn, submit rotation and faculty evaluations which are routinely summarized by the Chief Resident for review and discussion by the House Staff Committee. The Chair has final authority over the Residency Training Program. The House Staff Committee executes policy as set by the Chair, and may on occasion suggest policy adjustments or modifications to him/her. The Program Director, with the assistance of the Associate Directors, the Chief Resident, and the Program Managers, is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures and the administrative functions of the program, as guided by the House Staff Committee.
The four-year core curriculum provides the basic skills required for AP and CP and allows opportunities for elective rotations in the third and fourth years of training. Regularly scheduled conferences are held in AP and CP, some of which cover laboratory management and medical informatics. Residents are encouraged to participate in the teaching of other residents, medical students, physical therapy students, and medical technology students. A night and weekend call system provides the House Staff opportunities for decision-making and diagnosis in CP. Throughout the program, residents have considerable professional, technical, and administrative responsibilities in patient care.