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Sample Curriculum & Schedule

The basic structure of the four-year curriculum is shown in the Table below. Program Structure is very similar to Triumph track. Please note that this is for illustration purposes and actual resident rotation can be modified based on resident's interest:

Year 1

  •  11 months, Clinical Rotations (including ambulatory Medicine and EM)

Year 2

  • 7 months of Clinical Rotations
  • 2 months of cancer related electives
  • 2 months of Ambulatory and Geriatrics

Year 3

  • 1 month of Clinical Rotations
  • NCI Summer Cancer Epidemiology course
  • 4 months of MPH coursework (Fall semester)
  • 4 months of MPH coursework (Spring semester)
  • 1 month of Public Health

Year 4

  • 3 months of Direct patient care
  • 3 months of Women's Health and other integrated rotations
  • 5 months of Public Health rotations (including NCI/Tumor registry)
  • 1 month of Public Health

Year 1

During year one, the intern completes five months of general medicine, one month of intensive care, 2 months of telemetry (cardiology), one month of night float, and one month in the emergency room. In addition they participate in monthly preventive medicine seminars, monthly research meetings, monthly preventive medicine journal club, monthly preventive medicine lecture, daily conferences and lectures, cancer conferences, primary care clinics, research projects, and Tumor Board meetings. Every effort is made to encourage the intern to integrate Internal Medicine and Community/Prevention practice.

First Year Curriculum

General Medicine Rotations
4 Months
ICU/CCU Rotations
2 Months
Emergency Medicine
1 Month
Ambulatory Medicine
1 Month
Cardiology Rotations
2 Months
Night Float Rotation
1Month
Vacation
1 Month
Primary Care Clinic
One half day per week, throughout

Year 2

During the PGY-2 year, CPCT resident continue his/her clinical training to fulfill American Board of Internal Medicine requirements. PGY-2 resident is expected to participate in research meetings, journal club, research activities, and the preventive medicine seminar. In addition, resident is encouraged to pursue clinical electives germane to Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (e.g., Occupational Health), and to identify population-based issues relevant to clinical rotations. For CPCT resident, we expect that activities will be tailored toward cancer prevention, detection and control. Such activities could be done in Yale Cancer Center, The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Yale-Griffin Prevention Center and Alternative Medicine Department.

Second Year Curriculum

General Medicine Rotations 1
2 Months
ICU/CCU Rotations 1
2 Months
Cardiology Rotation
1 Month
Geriatric Medicine
1 Month
Night Float Rotation
1 Month
Elective-Medicine 1,2
2 Months
Medical Consult/Day Float/MOD
1 Month
Vacation
1 Month
Ambulatory Medicine
1 Month
Continuity Care Clinic
One half day per week, throughout
1 Rotations representing opportunities for integration exercises (practicum).
2 Electives may be taken at the Yale Cancer Center or The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Year 3

In PGY-3 year, resident begins the curriculum leading to the Masters degree in Public Health (MPH). Most residents complete their MPH at the Yale School of Public Health, but residents have the option of doing their MPH elsewhere or online once approved by the program director. They complete the fall and spring semester. During the remainder of the PGY-3 year, residents resume clinical activities. Of note, the academic semesters during year three allows the residents to begin and complete MPH course work with a single cohort of classmates, enhancing the development of collaborations and relationships, and cultivating full acculturation to public health. This facilitates compliance with certain requirements:

  1. core degree curriculum requirements of the School of Public Health
  2. requirements of the ABPM, which call for breadth of training; and
  3. program requirements, which include courses in research protocol development, occupational health, and electives related to the particular resident's career goals, are chosen with faculty supervision.

In year three, residents can spend one month with a Public Health Department or other Public Health relevant rotation. Objectives of these rotations are tailored to the interests of the particular resident, but in general include opportunities for Yale Cancer Center, Connecticut Tumor Registry, American Cancer Society Connecticut Chapter, The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Yale-Griffin Prevention Center; participation in research conducted by the Health Department; and participation in the meetings, lectures, and seminars relevant to the particular resident's activities in the Health Department. PGY-3 residents are expected to participate in research meetings, journal club, research activities, and the preventive medicine seminar. Finally, residents in year three are provided the opportunity to apply their new public health training by participating in administrative meetings at the hospital related to evidence-based care, quality management initiatives and clinical pathway development.

Third Year Curriculum

General Medicine Rotations
1 Month*
Night Float Rotation
1 Month
Public Health Rotations
1 Month
Vacation
1 Month
MPH Degree
8 Months
Continuity Care Clinic
One half day per week
*Clinical rotations during which integration exercises (practicum) may be conducted.

Year 4

CPCT Resident completes the practicum and any remaining clinical requirements. The importance is placed on the clinical practice of community-oriented primary care emphasizing continuity practice, screening, preventive service delivery, clinical epidemiology, cancer care, oncology electives at Yale, cancer research, etc. Community-based health promotion, including service delivery outside the conventional clinical setting and community-based clinical research; participation in activities of the Public Health Department; formulation of and participation in multidisciplinary teams designed to address hospital-wide or community-wide problems in health care status or delivery is emphasized. The program encourages participation in research grant applications and clinical research; manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed medical journals; and hospital administrative meetings that impact on clinical service delivery; and exposure to health care legislation process. Available practicum sites can be found in the Practicum Directory. CPCT resident participates in National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Summer Curriculum which helps to familiarize the resident with the most up-to-dated findings in cancer prevention and detection fields. Mostly done with Public Health courses, the resident is expected to start writing proposal in cancer prevention or early detection.

Fourth Year Curriculum

General Medicine Rotations
2 Months
MOD/Day Float/Medical Consult
1 Month
Community Health/Public Health
5 months*
Vacation
1 Month
Women's Health and other integrated rotations
3 Months
Continuity Care Clinic
One half day per week, throughout
*Integrates Women's Health, Geriatrics, Occupational Health, Research and Yale Cancer Center etc.