The UAMS combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program consists of four years of training in the care of patients of all ages. Our residents are involved in patient care and educational experiences which are advanced in a graduated fashion as residents broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills in all of the ACGME core competencies.

The education of each Medicine-Pediatrics resident is fully integrated with the UAMS categorical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs. We have a 12-month internship at UAMS.  While we have fellows in many different subspecialties, we pride ourselves on not being a “fellow-driven” program; junior and senior residents have primary responsibility in caring for patients, performing general internal medicine and pediatric procedures, leading interprofessional teams, and teaching medical students and interns.  Residents participate in educational conferences with both categorical programs, and each program also maintains an electronic archive of lectures and related educational materials for reference.  

Our Med-Peds residents transition from blocks of Internal Medicine experiences to blocks of Pediatrics experiences every 3 months for the first 2 years.  The duration of blocks of IM and Peds rotations may be altered in the later years of training for valid educational reasons, but it will generally be 3-4 months in length.  Float systems and/or limited overnight call are in place across all of our rotations/services to maintain compliance with the ACGME work hour regulations.  Our program does not include any at-home call.

​Our residency uses a block schedule to limit interference between inpatient and outpatient patient care activities.  Residents spend six weeks rotating through inpatient, ICU, or consult services followed by two weeks on ambulatory services.  The two-week ambulatory block includes continuity clinics in both IM and Peds, a longitudinal rotation in adolescent medicine, and dedicated didactic time in both IM and Peds.  We have separate IM and Peds continuity clinics that are integrated with their respective categorical residencies.  There is at least one “golden weekend” in each ambulatory block.  

A scholarly project is required of all residents.  Many residents choose to do their scholarly project in quality improvement or education; some choose to do a research project.  Research elective time is available to senior residents.  We also offer an off-campus private practice experience, and seniors can choose to have a global health experience as well.

Elective experiences in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics are chosen from the electives available to categorical residents in each specialty. Integrated adult and pediatric educational and clinical experiences are available on many of these elective rotations and they are strongly encouraged for our Med-Peds trainees.

​We practice and teach evidence-based medicine, and our program maintains a scholarly environment in which keeping up with current literature is expected and lively debate is encouraged.  We have a monthly Med-Peds journal club that meets at a resident or faculty member’s home; journal club always features a potluck dinner with plenty of dessert.  

At the completion of the four-year program, our Internal Medicine-Pediatrics graduates are eligible to sit for both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examinations. The goal of our program is to prepare well-trained and flexible Med-Peds specialists.  Our graduates are expected to participate in life-long learning and to maintain their knowledge and skills at a level to facilitate ongoing maintenance of certification and superior patient care.  Our graduates are competent for independent practice in inpatient, ambulatory and mixed practice settings; and/or to enter a subspecialty training program with a solid foundation of knowledge for the medical care of patients through the age continuum.

 

Training Overview(pdf download)

UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program