Traditional Rotating Internship Program
|Directors:||Robert Danoff DO, MS, FACOF|
|Program Length:||1 Year|
|Accreditation Status:||Continuing Approval|
|Last Site Review:||April 2010|
Aria Health Traditional Rotating Internship is designed to give the flexibility needed in helping to prepare for a variety of residency programs. Our internship adheres to the guidelines issued by the American Osteopathic Association, as well as fulfills the requirement of the States who mandate the completion of a rotating internship. We offer a well-rounded educational experience where patient care, didactics, one to one teaching, as well as team rounding are integrated into each day.
Interns have the opportunity to rotate at all three of our Aria campuses, with each one offering a unique mix of patient presentations. Common to all three is the commitment to education, and to our continuing medical education lecture series. We have a wonderful librarian who has set up our vast online as well as hardcopy resources of educational materials. Morning and noontime reports are a daily offering, as are formal rounds with attendings as well as residents. The atmosphere is one of teamwork, camaraderie, academics and caring. Call is integrated through block nights and a night-float system, which lends more consistency for patient care, intern education, and housestaff well being.
Interns are responsible for an initial admission history & physical and the subsequent care of patients admitted to the teaching service from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. while on ICU/CCU, Medicine Floors or Surgery at Bucks or Torresdale. During the week, Torresdale's day interns alternate service until 7:00 p.m. (when the night float intern arrives). While on-call at Bucks, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on the weekdays or 24 hours during the weekend, interns are responsible for a portion of the admissions to the Medicine floor service, Surgery or the ICU/Telemetry areas.
At each campus, there are teaching attendings - full-time academic physicians - that provide supervision during the day in the ICU/CCU and on the medical floor service. They are responsible for running teaching rounds (a forum for the academic discussion of specific management issues on patients you follow) and morning report (an in-depth discussion of the approach to the care of a single patient with an interesting constellation of symptoms and signs), conducting physical diagonsis sessions, teaching at and/or scheduling the daily noon conferences (which provide a clinically relevant review of commonly encountered syndromes and scenarios), and directly supervising our interns and residents engaged in the emergent care of acutely ill patients. At night, our interns are fully supervised by senior residents or in-house staff physicians who are committed both to teaching as well as the direct supervision of our housestaff as they admit new patients and evaluate previously admitted patients with emergent problems. A minimum of eight months is spent in direct contact with senior residents from Aria, Jefferson or PCOM on Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, or Emergency Medicine rotations. This exposure to "team medicine" is enhanced by frequent contact with a core group of private attending physicians dedicated to housestaff education as well as the teaching attendings who provide in-depth analyses of selected high-value cases.
Additionally, we are dedicated to keeping current with the latest clinical practice guidelines, and of incorporating this mission into our training programs. In fact, we can proudly say that upon graduation, our interns are well prepared to move on to residency positions in fields of their choice.
If you are looking for a traditional rotating internship, committed faculty to teaching and patient care, patient diversity, educational opportunity, and strong support from the department of medical education as well as from the Frankford system itself, please consider Aria Health's rotating internship program.
6 blocks Medicine
1 blocks Family Practice
1 block Trauma
3 blocks Elective
1 block Emergency Medicine
1 block Surgery
1 block Nights (divided into two week rotations)
* Each block is four weeks