Education Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives

The Eisenhower Internal Medicine Residency Program is designed to provide broad-based clinical training, with an emphasis on preparation, for comprehensive primary care and hospitalist medicine. The goal of our program is to assist residents in developing the competencies necessary to become outstanding comprehensive internists, capable of managing diverse patients with a broad range of diseases. Residents are given guidance and advice to develop their careers, achieve scholarship, and assure competencies needed for the next steps of their careers.

One of the unique features of the program is the balance between inpatient and outpatient experiences. Second and third year residents enjoy an innovative schedule that allows for a focused exposure to both inpatient and ambulatory medicine. Residents on ambulatory blocks benefit from close collaboration with community-based primary care and subspecialty faculty. During these rotations, residents build skills in office-based diagnosis and treatment, while managing diverse continuity practices. Residents on inpatient rotations enjoy graded responsibilities, with first year residents providing much of the direct patient care, and second and third year residents assuming increased responsibility for teaching, supervision and mastery of medical knowledge. A strong ethic of collegiality and support pervades both ambulatory practices and inpatient teams.

Inpatient training is centered at the newly expanded Eisenhower Medical Center. The Eisenhower Medical Center is very highly rated by our patients as a primary, secondary and tertiary care facility. Patients referred are often of a very complex nature but because of the large staff of Eisenhower primary care physicians, we also see a substantial number of common community diseases.

By the end of the residency:

The competencies listed below are achieved through a required set of rotations, a didactic curriculum, scholarly activity, use of simulator lab, computer modules, and self-selected electives. Our residents, faculty and program are continuously evaluated to ensure success in achieving these competencies, goals and objectives.

Competency-Based Objectives of Training

Patient Care
Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. Residents are expected to:

This includes competency in performing, using appropriate indications, contraindications and informed consent and evaluating the results of the following procedures:

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. Residents are expected to:

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices. Residents are expected to:

At a minimum this will include:

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families, and professional associates. Residents are expected to:


Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Residents are expected to:

Systems-Based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care associated with the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. Residents are expected to:

Core Rotations for Residents to Achieve the Competencies


There are several core conference series required in our program that enhance resident competency development: