Our residency program in categorical Internal Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center is structured to train 17 categorical residents per year as clinically competent physicians, each of whom will function and excel in any internal medicine setting. Residents are given a great deal of autonomy and opportunity for hands-on procedural experience commensurate with skills and training. They will become proficient in procedures common to Internal Medicine:
- Venous line placement
- Lumbar puncture
- Large joint aspiration
- And more
Paramedical personnel perform most ancillary procedures such as venipunctures, electrocardiograms, x-rays, venipuncture for peripheral IV access, arterial puncture for blood gas and scheduling tests. Residents write all orders and are fully responsible for patient management. Most hospitalized internal medicine patients are assigned to general medicine, cardiology, Hem/Onc or critical care teams consisting of one attending physician, residents and medical students.