Continuity Clinic

Continuity ClinicThe Henry Ford Hospital Internal Medicine Residency program is committed to provide ambulatory medicine training to best prepare our residents for their future. The continuity clinic experience is an integral portion of this training, allowing residents to learn how to manage both common and complicated outpatient conditions and to follow patients longitudinally over time.

The resident is a valuable member of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Under the supervision of their clinic preceptor, residents will develop a patient panel of their own. These patients will view the resident as their primary care provider, and the resident will direct and manage their care for the duration of their time in the clinic. These longitudinal relationships with patients can be the most rewarding aspect of Internal Medicine training. Additionally, residents will be provided quality metrics on their own patient panels to review on a regular basis. We have a robust interdisciplinary team of nurses, medical assistants, social workers, a health psychologist, and a pharmacist to aid residents in chronic disease management for their patients.

We value education, and devote one hour during each afternoon in clinic to an ambulatory topic. We have a robust online curriculum with up-to-date articles which are discussed in an interactive small-group setting with medical students, residents, and senior staff. During educational sessions we incorporate board preparation, evidence-based medicine, systems based practice, panel management, and physical exam teaching.

Residents are assigned to one of our training clinics that serve patients with complex medical conditions. Residents remain with the same preceptor for the duration of their training, affording them the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with one of our core medical faculty. Preceptors serve as a mentor for the residents.

The continuity clinic is scheduled during every month of training throughout residency except for during night float and during ICU months. During inpatient rotations, clinics occur one afternoon per week. During all other rotations, clinics are one full day per week.

In addition to the weekly continuity clinic, there are two outpatient electives that all residents will complete at prior to graduation. One is a Patient Centered Team Care (PCTC) elective that focuses on interdisciplinary team care, and occurs during intern year. The other is an Advanced Outpatient Skills (AOS) elective which occurs during senior year and focuses on acute complaints along with billing, communication, and quality/safety skills. For residents interested in pursuing a career in general medicine, additional electives are available including general medicine subspecialty elective, allergy, dermatology, gynecology, sports medicine, infectious disease clinic, pulmonary clinic, and sleep medicine.

Locations of ambulatory clinics include Henry Ford Hospital Main Campus (Detroit), and Henry Ford Medical Center – Ford Road (Dearborn).

This video will inform you about the expectations during your Continuity Clinic.


This video will provide insight into the daily routine and layout of the land during your clinic days.

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