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Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum

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

Didactic Teaching

Morning Report

Every day, case-based morning report is held at both Hahnemann and Abington Memorial Hospital. Residents at the Hahnemann site present to their peers, attendings and chief medical residents. This often means presenting to our award-winning educators Dr. Howard Miller and Dr. Joseph Boselli for the hour-long conference. At the end of each session, residents give slide presentations on the topic of the day to the group, which improves their presentation and communication skills as well. Residents at Abington Memorial Hospital have a case based morning report in a smaller group setting with in-depth discussions led by a chief medical resident.

Noon Conference

Formal, one-hour lectures occur 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. These are broadcasted to our residents rotating at Abington also.

Journal Club

Monthly evidence-based medicine research articles are 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

Weekly case presentations at both Hahnemann University Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital are conducted for only members of the intern class. This is protected learning time, as interns present interesting cases to their peer group with discussions aimed at improving clinical skills at the intern level.

Medical Emergencies Summer Lecture Series

This summer series includes lectures by our faculty and occurs during the early months of an academic year. These didactics are designed to provide a strong basic foundation and to build confidence among new (and old) residents to face medical emergencies.


The Drexel Internal Medicine residents receive training in 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, whose director is our very own faculty member Dr. Kathy Ryan. Simulation sessions are held two to three times per year during the ambulatory rotation. These consist of practice sessions with an attending that simulate a range of scenarios including rapid responses, codes, and a variety of procedures.

Outpatient experiences of the residents at Drexel University College of Medicine.

"Doctoring" Program

This program consists of 16 three-hour small group sessions on practical aspects of a resident's daily life: stress management, clinical reasoning, doctor-patient communication, patient and peer education, working with difficult patients, career planning, malpractice, ethics, etc. Developed by our award winning alum and current faculty member Dr. Dennis Novack, the purpose is to provide residents skills to cope with everyday issues and to develop into confident, professional physicians.

Clinical Case Discussion

The Drexel Department of Medicine grand rounds takes place every Wednesday morning from September to June, often featuring prominent, nationally-renowned speakers. 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 lecturer. Interaction with these speakers stimulates more sophisticated thinking about medical topics. These cases are formally presented with PowerPoint presentations, allowing for development of written and oral presentation skills.

Quality Improvement & Morbidity/Mortality Conferences

The Department of Medicine conducts quality improvement conferences twice a month – the second and fourth Friday of the month during the noon conference time slot throughout the academic year. In addition to mortality and morbidity cases, it is our aim to discuss issues dealing with patient safety, medical error reduction and quality improvement of clinical care. Conference objectives include case discussion, critical analysis of medical management and strategies to improve health care delivery.

ABIM Board Review

All categorical Drexel 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 begin in October or November based on schedule availability. Then, from March to June, once-weekly, four-hour intensive sessions led by the faculty and the chief residents are held for all third-year residents to review high-yield board 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.