The curriculum for the ICU, CCU and Ward rotations at Inova Fairfax Hospital are structured in a competency-based format and include information on didactics, conferences, methods of evaluation and recommended reading lists.
Curricula are reviewed and updated by the Academic Committee at least annually. The Department of Medicine is fully compliant with all the institutional Graduate Medical Education policies at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.
Internal Medicine Ward Rotation
Supported by a strong academic infrastructure, this rotation universally receives high marks from medical students and house staff. Our hospitalist faculty serve as ward attendings, guiding combined teaching and management rounds on a daily basis. These patient care activities are supplemented by case reports, chief of service rounds, physical diagnosis rounds, medical grand rounds, educational grand rounds, medicine-pathology-radiology conference, morbidity and mortality conference, journal club, noon conference lecture series, and a resident lecture series..
Integrated MICU Teaching Service
This educational and rewarding rotation for house staff and medical students allows participation in the care of truly critically ill patients with diagnoses including septic shock, respiratory failure and massive gastrointestinal bleeding. Our critical care faculty lead an integrated critical care service comprised of house staff, medical students and physician's assistants. Combined management/teaching rounds as well as multi-disciplinary rounds occur daily. Patient care activities are complemented by our ICU lecture series, which is delivered by critical care faculty.
Coronary Care Unit Rotation
A house staff team of residents and interns helps care for our critically ill cardiac patients in our 18-bed coronary care unit. Board-certified cardiologists participate in combined management and teaching rounds on a daily basis. Typical cases encompass management of patients with acute coronary syndrome/ST segment elevation myocardial infarctions, mechanical complications of myocardial infarction, life threatening arrhythmias, and cardiogenic shock. Many patients are intubated, on vasopressors, and have intra-aortic balloon pumps. Bedside rounds are complemented by dedicated teaching and didactic topics in the afternoon.