Date Issued: 07/01/2007
Date Reviewed: 03/02/2009
Date Revised: 03/02/2009

Hospitalist/Medical Consult Curriculum

Department: Internal Medicine

Faculty Coordinator: Steven Walters, MD

Hospital: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Periods offered: All 12 periods to third year categorical residents

Length: 4 Weeks

Max no. of residents: 1

First Day Contact: Steven Walters, MD (Can be reached through the page operator, please contact prior to scheduling of rotation assignment of an attending)

First Day Time: 8:00 a.m.

First Day Place: MD On Call office

Weekends: None

  1. Course Description:
  2. This elective offered to one 3rd year resident monthly is designed to orient you to the practice of a dedicated hospitalist. The duties while on this rotation would include taking admissions with your attending on their admit days (up till 10:00 pm for no more than 2 days during the month, you will be allowed to leave after conference on the day after your admission day) and follow up on your patients daily. You will also travel to and participate in the care of patients at a long term care facility (LTAC), and take medicine consults on non-admission days. You will meet with your faculty for informal didactic training 2-3 times weekly to discuss the economics of hospitalist medicine (billing, coding, etc), perioperative management, and how to approach the medical consult. You will also be expected to attend morning report daily and all conferences.

  3. Course Goals and Objectives: (based on ACGME competencies for resident education)

Patient Care:

Residents are expected to provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease and at the end of life.


Medical Knowledge:

Residents are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.


Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:

Residents are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care practices:


Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

Residents are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families and other members of health care teams.



Residents are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, an understanding and sensitivity to diversity and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession, and society.


Systems-Based Practice:

Residents are expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve and optimize health care.


III. Methods of instruction:

  1. Didactic (schedule, topic, faculty)
  2. Daily residents conference 12:00-1:00 p.m. - IM Training Room

    Daily Morning Report 9:00-10:00 a.m. - Chairman's Conference Room

    Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Clinical Grand Rounds - IM Training Room

    Wednesday afternoons 12:15-1:00 p.m. - Grand Rounds - Haggar Hall

    Friday mornings 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Coffeee with Cardiology - IM Training Room

    2-3 weekly meetings with your attending for discussion of various topics.

  3. Clinical

Admissions and consults on your assigned days with the Hospitalist staff.
LTAC patient management - At least once during he month with your attending.