Many of our residents move on to hospitalist jobs after graduation. Although internal medicine residencies have been the ultimate hospital training ground for over a century, there are specific skills that can be learned or augmented in residency that can elevate residents to become outstanding hospitalists in the next phase of their career. Many of these skills are in the areas of patient safety, quality improvement, and leadership.
In order to help further develop these skills for our future hospitalists, we created the one-year Hospitalist Track starting in 2014. Residents can complete this optional track during their second or third year of residency. The goal of this track is to expand upon the residents’ knowledge and skills in quality improvement, patient safety, hospital efficiency and function, system redesign, and leadership skills.
Residents in the Hospitalist Track will meet regularly with our Hospitalist faculty and key hospital administrators to work on these skills. Track activities include:
- Attending regular seminars led by hospital and hospitalist leaders on topics such as quality improvement methods, change management skills, project management, patient safety, and transitions of patient care. Geriatric and palliative care in the hospital setting, patient triage and team leadership skills are additional options.
- Completing a 2-week elective in Quality Improvement early in the year. The Hospitalist Track residents will work as a small group with key members of UC Davis Performance Excellence Center and UC Davis hospitalist mentors to develop a QI project that will then be completed over the course of the year.
- Participating on select hospital committees relevant to hospitalists.
- Meeting with an assigned faculty mentor from our hospitalist group to guide them on their project and other activities, as well as mentor them on future career options.
During the course of the year, we expect residents to do the following activities:
- Develop and implement a quality improvement project (per above).
- Present the results of their QI project at the UC Davis Medical Center Integrating Quality Symposium, Morbidity/Mortality/Quality and Safety meeting, or Medical Grand Rounds. They may also present at regional or national meetings.
- Attend seminar series and assigned committee meetings.
- Complete assigned readings and online course materials.
- Meet with mentor regularly.
Interested interns and second-year residents will sign up for the Track in the early Spring of each year.