Our Curriculum

Inpatient Experience

Holy Cross Hospital
4725 N Federal Hwy
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33308

View of Holy Cross Hospital at dusk. Founded in 1955, Holy Cross Hospital is a member of Trinity Health, is sponsored by Catholic Health Ministries and is Broward County’s only not-for-profit Catholic Hospital.
U.S. News and World report recently ranked Holy Cross Hospital as one of the “Best Regional Hospitals” in Florida. Holy Cross takes pride in the ability to combine quality medical care and advanced technology with sincere compassion and understanding.
Holy Cross is a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and is ranked among the Top 5% in the nation for Orthopedic Services for seven years in a row (2008-2014). As the first Accountable Care Organization formed in Broward County, Holy Cross also offers residents a unique experience to work in an ACO environment.
A 559-bed acute care hospital staffed by over 600 physicians and fully accredited by the Joint Commission, Holy Cross offers progressive services and programs to meet the region’s evolving healthcare needs. On average, Holy Cross treats more than 250,000 patients annually. Thousands more are served through our Medical Group ambulatory clinics located throughout Broward County. To learn more, visit Holy Cross Hospital.

Classroom experience at Holy Cross Hospital HCH Residents preparing for rounds HCH Residents making rounds

The Experience
Residents on this service rotate through a variety of acute care inpatient settings including the General Internal Medicine wards (GIM). Residents are considered the primary care provider within their multidisciplinary team and are provided enough autonomy to succeed but also have a faculty member on-site to provide teaching opportunities and supervision. Furthermore, because Holy Cross Hospital is a community hospital, there are always private and academic physicians in-house covering the floors. The community hospital setting allows the program to offer an inpatient curriculum without 24-hour overnight call and truly protected academic/educational didactic sessions.
Residents also rotate through the Medical Intensive Care Unit and join the Inpatient Cardiology Service. Residents serve as the primary provider within both sites for patients under the supervision of our Intensivist and cardiologist groups. Interns and residents on this service have the opportunity to have direct supervision on a number of procedures that patients may need as well as practice these procedures within our simulation lab. As with General Internal Medicine, there is no 24-hour overnight call.
As noted, the community hospital setting allows for an inpatient experience without the traditional in-house overnight call. Instead, we created a combination of a rotating long call and two week night float rotations to provide the necessary cross-coverage of GIM patients (not MICU) under the direct supervision of a hospitalist or nocturnist. In addition to supervised overnight care, this day/night structure allows all inpatient residents to join teaching rounds; extending learning and continuity of care even further. The chart below shows how these two experiences merge together to create a 24-hour cycle of continuous care

Inpatient Experience