RSAP is a tri-phase curriculum based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The aim of the program is to improve the quality of the research pursued by residents while increasing the number of projects submitted for publication in peer reviewed journals. The first phase of the curriculum starts in the intern year with a series of lectures administered by University of Miami faculty. During the RSAP rotation, UM faculty guide residents through identifying mentors, preparing an IRB proposal, and improving epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge. The second phase of the curriculum continues with research in progress meetings in the second year to assure research milestones and the quality of each project and the third phase is a formal presentation of the research methods and findings in the third year of residency.
With a strong focus on quality, residents receive dedicated instruction in Quality and Patient Safety during the first year. Residents have ample opportunity to review and complete various online modules distributed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Residents become integral and contributory members of Holy Cross Hospital’s Patient Safety and Quality Improvement committees; participating in any A3 Six Sigma, root cause analysis, or Code 15 evaluation that occurs within the hospital. The Chief Medical Officer, Patient Safety Officer, Risk Management and Chief Nursing Officer work with residents during this rotation to provide a more holistic view of patient safety from a systems-based perspective. From this experience, residents develop a quality improvement project and work on it with a project leader until the project completion or end of training.
In order to improve continuity of care, the University of Miami at Holy Cross Campus offers academic block schedules in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. The use of academic block schedules is thoroughly grounded in research that supports academic blocks improve academic performance and overall learner satisfaction when compared to the traditional noon conference schedule. Outpatient-specific curriculum is covered weekly on Tuesday mornings, adapted from the Yale Office Based Medicine Curriculum. A full internal medicine curriculum is reviewed weekly during protected academic/educational time. As the end of the academic year draws near, the didactic sessions shift towards a stronger focus on board review; preparing residents for the upcoming in-training exam and/or board exam. Residents also receive the opportunity to improve their public speaking skills by presenting a research or acute care topic during the academic block beginning the second year of residency. Our academic schedule includes the following lecture and conference series: