Electives and Non-call Rotations
The amount of time assigned to electives increases from 3 months in the first year to 6 months in the third year. Residents may serve on traditional consultation services such as cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, nephrology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases and other medicine subspecialties. In addition, there are core electives that all categorical residents are expected to complete during their training, these are: geriatrics, neurology, HIV/consult and gender. Additionally, residents are expected to choose three ambulatory based electives such as dermatology, endocrinology or rheumatology.
Electives are also available in community medicine, occupational medicine, rehabilitation medicine, gynecology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, orthopedics, radiology and pathology. Other rotations, including research projects, are often arranged to meet the needs and interests of residents.
Medical Consult (PGY-3)
On the medical consultation service you will perform medical consults for the non-medicine services for a period of two weeks. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary approach to patient care while you co-manage patients with several other non-medical services. From this work you will learn the basic tenets of liaison work, master pre-operative patient evaluations and review relevant literature.
Two weeks of the rotation will be spent with concentrated focus on the management HIV. You rotate through several outpatient HIV clinics run by the Infectious Diseases Department.
At UMass we are excited to announce the development of a new Ambulatory Care block. This block is performed by all three classes with a focus on outpatient primary care. Residents will spent 2-4 half day sessions each week in their primary care continuity clinic. In addition residents receive exposure to specific topics such as Geriatrics and Gender Health. During your time you will have a variety of scheduled activities to broaden your experience with the geriatric population. These activities include nursing home visits, home care evaluations, wound care teaching and exposure to community geriatric programs. The Gender component is designed to offer an intense learning experience in a vital area of ambulatory medicine often neglected in traditional residency training programs. You will work closely with a number of community- and university-based gynecologists and urologists. The experience reflects common problems you are apt to encounter in an outpatient practice. The experience will include sessions in urology as well as the breast clinic. At the end of the rotation, residents will have a greater degree of comfort in dealing with the management of gender-specific health issues.