Ready 4 Residency

Ready 4 Residency (R4R)

Dr. Rachel Gordon
Course Director

(212) 342-0109

Kristopher Kolish
Course Coordinator

The course formerly known as “Back to the Classroom” (BTC) is being redesigned and developed into a new course, “Ready 4 Residency” (R4R).

R4R will pilot in September 2015 and modified for the 2016 March and April offerings.

The Overall Objective of R4R is to improve students’ readiness for residency via high-yield, interactive, management-based sessions and virtual patient simulations.  R4R will reinforce important curricular themes, including: (1) teamwork, (2) quality improvement and patient safety, (3) evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making, (4) professionalism and, (5) communication.

R4R is a hybrid-learning course, meaning that learning will occur both online and offline.  Students will attend interactive sessions 5 mornings and 1 afternoon (Thursdays) per week with time built into the schedule for independent learning and participation in the online component.

Back to Infectious Diseases (BID) Component

BID will cover high-yield ID and non-ID related topics, including diagnosis and management of infectious disease syndromes, to help better prepare students for internship. Weekly virtual patient cases will unfold on an interactive course website.  Students will work-up, diagnose, and manage their online patients.  They will participate in “virtual rounds” and answer “attending questions.”  There will be individual and team assignments.  Numerous resources will be provided, including “medical choose your own adventures” and educational videos.  Each week will include an ARS session on Antibiotic Management and will culminate in a case-based TBL exercise. This innovative pilot component of R4R will be optimized to promote independent inquiry, active learning, accountability, and teamwork. 

In our effort to integrate the various components of R4R, the Online Cases and Classroom Activities (including BMI, SLIM, and FCM workshops) will complement each other.

Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Component

The goals of the R4R Biomedical Informatics section are to provide students an opportunity to: 1) improve their skill in assessing the quality of the medical literature; 2) utilize effectively clinical decision support, being mindful of unintended consequences; 3) develop strategies for dealing with uncertainty and optimizing decisions through clinical decision analysis; and 4) develop an awareness of and manage personal cognitive biases that undermine rational decision-making.

Dr. Herbert Chase
Section Director

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Component

In FCM, students return to the classroom for weekly discussions integrated with the case-based R4R curriculum. Goals of this course are: 1) To provide students with advanced training in aspects of communication and patient-physician relationship most relevant to internship and residency; 2) To provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their professional identity, personal and professional goals, and their training while considering the mission of medicine and what it means to them as individuals; 3) To encourage skills of teamwork and habits of open communication among colleagues.

The four sessions include:

  • Our Changing Health Care System: Economics, Organization, and Ethical Challenges
  • Conflict with Patients in Clinical Care: Treatment Resistance, Capacity Assessment, and Disclosing Medical/Surgical Errors
  • Maintaining Wellness During Residency: Nutrition, Stress Management, and Using Your Emotional Intelligence
  • The Physician and Patients Near Death: Loss and Grief, Healing and Curing, Palliative Care

Dr. Michael Devlin
Section Director

Systems, Leadership, Integration & Management (SLIM) Component

Objectives: The learners will have an understanding of applied performance improvement, the necessity of change management skills as well as problem-solving skills.  The learners will have reflected on their future role as agents of change – they will answer the question, “do I embrace this role or not?”

Description:  This course will focus on applying PI concepts and tools to problems, and will be half-focused on organizational psychology and change management techniques.  

Dr. Robert Sideli
Section Director