Education and Research

Education & Research


The Resident Scholarly Activity Program (RSAP)

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.

Quality Improvement

With a strong focus on quality, residents receive dedicated instruction in Quality and Patient Safety during the first year. Residents have ample opportunities 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.

The Academic Half-Day

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:

Weekly Conferences

Professor Rounds: Each week begins with a Monday Noon Report presented by esteemed Professor of Medicine and Regional Dean of Medical Education, Daniel Lichtstein, MD, MACP. Residents are fully engaged with this dynamic speaker while lunch is served.

Morning & Noon Report: ​Noon Report occurs every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon over lunch led by the Chief Resident and UM@HCH Faculty. During Noon Report, cases are dissected to enhance learning and critical thinking skills needed to become a dynamic physician in the field of Internal Medicine. Each week is wrapped up with a traditional morning report on Fridays led by the Chief Resident and Program Director.

Grand Rounds: Hospital-wide, weekly lunch time lecture series taught and attended by UM and HCH faculty

Ambulatory Academic Half-Day: Ambulatory specific didactic curriculum and board review covered weekly with Associate Program Director, Howard Koch, MD on Tuesday Mornings. All residents on ambulatory rotation attend as part of their two-week rotations.

GIM Academic Half-Day: General Internal medicine curriculum and board review covered weekly with UM and HCH faculty and Program Leadership that help prepare residents for the ABIM exam and future practice.​

Additional Conferences

EKG Conference: Conferences held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the inpatient rotation with inpatients residents to further guide understanding and ability to interpret EKG results led by Core Faculty member, Joshua Larned, MD.

Radiology Rounds: Conference held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the inpatient rotation with inpatient residents and our esteemed radiology faculty.

Patient Safety Conference: Review of a recent case that highlights patient safety and healthcare quality in order to prevent repetition of errors held monthly.

Journal Club: Vibrant discussion of the newest innovations in medical research and its implications on current patient care practices held monthly.