Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the teaching highpoints?

Internal Medicine
Morning Report (M-Th morning, includes a weekly Chairman's rounds)
Friday afternoon conference (protected time every Friday afternoon to cover selected topics, board review, Jeopardy, etc)
Grand Rounds (Thursday at noon)
Teaching Rounds (daily)
Online Library (MD Consult, Online NEJM, Up-To-Date; all provided at no cost)
Free MKSAP (Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program)
Twenty four hour access to resident library and online references
Journal Club

Morning Report (M-F, includes a monthly Chairman's rounds)
AM Teaching Conference (NBN and Pediatric clinic; M-F)
Friday afternoon conference (protected time every Friday afternoon to cover selected topics, board review, practice boards, Jeopardy, etc)
Grand Rounds (Wednesday morning)
Teaching Rounds (daily)
Free PREP materials
Twenty four hour access to resident library and online references

Does the program provide only university based training experiences?

Our program is primarily university based, however, we do have opportunities to rotate in the community in internal medicine, pediatrics, and med-peds practices. We have structured community med-peds and community peds rotations available. Our med-peds residents are highly respected within the hospital system.

Do the residents have combined med-peds clinic?

Yes! We have a stand-alone medicine-pediatric combined clinic that houses our full-time med-peds clinic faculty as well as our med-peds continuity (resident) clinic. Our residents have a half-day of clinic once a week at our med-peds clinic, which includes a pre-clinic conference. Our clinic is well organized, well run and is the highlight of the week for residents. During a clinic day, we see approximately 50/50 pediatrics and medicine patients. We also have a weekly procedure day, which provides an excellent opportunity to become adept at outpatient procedures.

How many med-peds faculty are there?

There are 5 Med-Peds trained faculty practicing general outpatient care at ECU APHC Clinic and rounding on pediatric and medicine inpatients teams at Vidant Medical Center. In addition, there are several med-peds trained specialists on faculty.

What med-peds activities/educational experiences are there?

While our program values having our residents treated as categorical residents while rotating on pediatrics and medicine, we also place great importance on having a strong med-peds identity and camaraderie. Thus, we have our own combined med-peds board review bi-monthly, med-peds journal club, and monthly business meetings. In addition, we have a combined med-peds continuity clinic experience & pre-clinic conference, med-peds intern skills month (call-free month), and community med-peds rotations available. There are combined subspecialty rotations available also. We also have a variety of med-peds social events throughout the year!

Are there combined med-peds electives?

Yes. We offer combined allergy/immunology, rheumatology, intern skills month, and med-peds outpatient primary care electives. In addition, other combined electives may be designed with the guidance of our faculty. There are options for community-based med-peds community hospitalist rotations.

What are the typical call responsibilities?

Peds: On inpatient months, interns are typically q4 overnight on the pediatric wards. Outpatient months on peds have several nights per month when you are in night clinic and one weekend typically a month where you will cover the newborn nursery in the mornings and night clinic each night of the weekend. Medicine: On general medicine and cardiology inpatient months on medicine, interns are q4 short call (ending at 8pm) alternating with overnight call (on call overnight q8). For our specialty inpatient months (neurology, nephrology, hem/onc), call is not q4 and is spread out amongst the services so that you are usually short call or overnight call approximately 4-5 times a month.

Do you have a night float system?

We have a night float system in internal medicine. Night float allows for less overnight call during general medicine and subspecialty ward months. Interns and senior residents rotate through the night float service.

What types of procedures and services do the residents provide in clinic?

We provide minor office procedures (suturing, EKGs, wart removal, joint injections, pap smears, skin biopsy, etc.), acute care, health maintenance, and women's health care for the neonate to the elderly.

What is the patient population like?

We serve a diverse array of patients who come from all areas of Eastern North Carolina. We care for a racially diverse population with a significant number of university/hospital employees and their families. We also have a significant Spanish-speaking population and have full-time interpreters available 24 hrs/day. We are also privileged to serve a large indigent population. There is a wide variety of disease processes and pathology from which to learn.

Can residents moonlight?

Yes, our residents can moonlight in the community after passing Step 3 and with the approval of the program director. There are a variety of opportunities including area primary care practices, staffing weekend clinics, weekend calls, emergency room shifts, and urgent care facilities.

Are there international electives?

Currently, formal university-sponsored rotations are in development. However, there are many opportunities to travel on medical missions trips with our pediatrics or medicine faculty. Our faculty have scheduled annual trips to places like Haiti, Honduras and Zambia, and love to bring residents along!

Are residents involved in medical student education?

Residents are a vital and important part of medical student education in the 3rd and 4th years. Interns and residents are responsible to daily teaching on peds and medicine. Our residents have a long history of receiving annual medical student teaching awards and are recognized some of the best teachers among the house staff.

What do residents do in their free time?

Greenville offers a variety of restaurants, shopping venues, boutiques in town. Greenville is just minutes away from excellent fishing, nature trails, the famous Outer Banks and our beautiful coastline. We are also a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Raleigh-Durham area. The university also offers a variety of cultural, artistic, and educational venues. Greenville has an airport locally. In addition, you will find many of our residents participating in serving the community, playing intramural sports, and trying to beat each other in fantasy football/baseball.