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Innovation in Education

Providence Portland Medical Center focuses on providing our residents with the depth and breadth of experiences that will build a foundation for success. Our planning process is rigorous, attracts active resident input and allows our residency to continually evolve to meet the individual needs of each resident.

Our curriculum follows a 4 + 2 week rotation cycle. 4 week rotations are inpatient wards, ICU, Night Float, or inpatient electives. There are no continuity clinics during this time, so that residents can focus on their learning. The 2 week rotations are integrated clinic blocks (I-blocks). These blocks are comprised of 9 half-days of continuity clinic, 8 half-days subspecialty experience, and 3 half days of academic time. Each resident is part of a longitudinal cohort that follows the same 4 + 2 cycle, which provides predictability and ability to work on longitudinal scholarly activity and research.

During the 2-week ambulatory Iblocks, we have a robust curriculum that occurs 8am-noon every Wednesday. Topics include evidence-based medicine, population health, clinic practice tips, geriatrics, musculoskeletal care, advance care planning, and joy in medicine. In addition, we have hands-on sessions in the simulation lab and practicing point-of-care ultrasound skills. During the Iblocks, each resident has one-half day for academic time to work on scholarly and quality improvement projects, meet with mentors and advisors and spend time in independent learning activities.

I-block options

  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pulmonary
  • Ophthalmology/ENT/Plastics
  • Rheumatology
  • Nephrology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Addictions
  • Women’s/Men’s Health
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pain
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Geriatrics (R3)