Internal Medicine Residency FAQs
- What are the program's strengths?
Our residents, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, are multi-talented and high-quality physicians. There is a healthy "work-hard, play-hard" ethic in the program. The program faculty members are leaders within the hospital. The core teaching faculty is strong academically, with no office practice commitments off campus. The subspecialist faculty members are known leaders in their field of expertise. Henry Ford Hospital is a tertiary care center which is nationally recognized with significant depth to the care and treatment of patients. Henry Ford Hospital also is a well-funded and established center for medical research.
- Why should I do my Internal Medicine training at Henry Ford Hospital?
Our program prides itself on a diverse resident population, attracting the best and brightest resident physicians to provide high-quality medical care to our patient population. Our goal is to produce the best trained, highly qualified, and well-rounded internists in the country.
- What is the call schedule like?
All inpatient floors have night float coverage Sunday through Thursday night, with admitting shifts every fourth day. Friday and Saturdays are covered by the floor team with on call residents taking a 24 + 4 hour call. ICU rotations have overnight call every 4-5 days (interns do not rotate in the ICUs). No assigned call occurs while on electives.
- How many patients will I carry as an intern?
Most interns will carry 6-8 patients, as Henry Ford Hospital strictly adheres to the ACGME/RRC cap for intern-to-patient load (maximum of 10 patients). You will have no more than 5 new admissions and 2 transfers per admitting shift.
- How many hours will I work?
Henry Ford Hospital is proud to announce that even prior to the ACGME resident work hour restrictions, the Internal Medicine program complied with all policies of this 80-hour work week mandate. Dr. Scher was on the national ACGME Task Force for this project and was the only Internal Medicine program director on the committee.
- What is night float?
Residents will do three one-month blocks of night float over the course of training. Interns do a month of supervised night float with a senior resident on a general medical floor and have a cap of 4 patients (inclusive of transfers as well as admissions). During this time the intern also provides coverage for all presently admitted patients that the day teaching services are caring for. As a second year you will do a single month of night float on one of our subspecialty floors including: Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, or Nephrology. Seniors do one month of night float directly supervising an intern and do any new admissions/transfers after the intern has reached their four patient cap.
- How many days off are typical per month?
While on elective rotations, you will typically have weekends off (unless called in to cover for residents in the instance of emergencies, such as illness). While on an inpatient service, you will have 4 days off per month. We have had a night float system in place for approximately 20 years.
- What resources does the hospital library offer?
The Sladen Library at Henry Ford Hospital library offers a number of services to residents including manuscript review, literature searches with active updates, and training on how to use online databases as well as EndNote. Some resources include: Ovid Online Databases (Medline, CINAHL, and Others), Up-To-Date, Sladen Electronic & Print Journals, Sladen Electronic Books, Sladen Card Catalog, Sladen Library Recommended Links, Sladen Consumer Health Links, FirstSearch, InfoTrac, PubMed, and more. The Internal Medicine Resident Toolkit is set up through the Hospital Library with the following: National Guideline Clearinghouse, Users' Guides to Evidence-Based Practice, HIV Drugs, JAMA/Rational Clinical Examination Article Series, JAMA / User's Guides to the Medical Literature Article Series, JAMA Patient Page, Lancet Evidence-Based Medicine Article Series, TRIP Database, and numerous electronic books including Scientific American Medicine Online, Harrison's Online, Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) Internal Medicine Rotation Curricula. All of the above are available online.
- What Medicine fellowships are offered at Henry Ford Hospital?
Allergy, Bone and Mineral Metabolism, Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care, Rheumatology, Sleep Disorders, Transplant Nephrology. Learn more under the Fellowship Opportunities along the left hand menu.
- How does the department assist with obtaining a fellowship?
Third-year and CMR "mentors" will help guide you through the application process and the department allows you to take 7 days for interviews during your 3rd year. A series of "Fellowship/Career Preparation lectures" during noon conferences are also given as an opportunity to have facetime with our sub-specialty program directors and faculty.
- Now, that I have made the decision that I want to come to Henry Ford Hospital, what can I expect while living here?
Typically, most physicians and employees live in the metropolitan Detroit area, which includes Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Oakland County is one of the most affluent counties per capita in the US and five local communities have made the top 25 of a list of the safest places in the US to live. See our page on things to do in Detroit on the left-hand menu for some popular options.