Intern Transition

Intern Survival Series 

Intern Survival Series is an intern-only, noon conference lecture series held at the beginning of the academic year. Lectures are focused on frequently encountered chief complaints, and largely given by core hospitalist faculty and internal medicine residents. Topics include initial evaluation and workup of chest pain, dyspnea, syncope, as well as many other “bread and butter” topics in internal medicine. The sessions are made to be interactive in an effort to make interns feel more comfortable and confident approaching these medical scenarios.

Intern Boot Camp

Intern Boot Camp is a week-long foundational lecture, case simulation, and procedure series for incoming internal medicine interns. Lecture topics include workflow on medical floors, resources for internal medicine residents, and commonly encountered medical problems and emergencies. Interns work through simulated patient cases during daily case sessions in the Cooper Medical School Simulation Center. Procedural training for the insertion of peripheral intravenous lines, radial arterial lines, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, and central venous catheter placement is additionally provided in the Simulation Center. Interns do not have clinical responsibilities during Intern Boot Camp.

Intern Buddy System

Interns are paired with a “buddy” intern on medical floors during the first few weeks of the academic year to aid in the transition to residency. The two interns learn the workflow of the medical floors with the support of a senior resident and academic hospitalist. The interns divide tasks and responsibilities to allow for learning, efficiency, and preparation for their experience as a “solo” intern later in the academic year. All interns are paired with a senior resident throughout the year while on medical floors. 

Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS)

The Society of Critical Care Medicine, led by our Critical Care attendings, Dr. Noel and Dr. Bartock, created a Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course that is now taught worldwide. The course is provided to all Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Anesthesia residents during the first few months of internship. The course provides an overview of mechanical ventilation, vasopressor support, and other foundational topics of critical care medicine. Procedures including central line placement and intubation are also reviewed. Interns complete an exam after the course and receive a certificate upon completion. This course has been given to thousands of trainees in dozens of countries and the text has been translated into seven languages.