Curriculum and Schedules

What You Will Learn


Our curriculum is based on a pyramid model where each successive year builds upon the last.  The foundation is the PGY-1 year where residents learn how to survive as a physician.  Residents then build upon these skills as a PGY-2, learning how to lead.  In the final year, residents’ curricula are personalized to help them succeed in their future careers.

PGY-1 Year

How to Survive

Residents learn data collection, synthesis,  and how to accurately and meaningfully present the information.  They learn how to prioritize the care of sick patients and identify those who require additional interventions.  During the year they are exposed to inpatient, outpatient, critical care, and infectious diseases.

PGY-2 Year

How to Lead

Residents begin to hone in their leadership skills by leading teams in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  They serve as committee and tribal leaders, they take over the program activities, such as Clinically Relevant Questions (CRQ) and quality improvement (QI) initiatives.  During the year, they are exposed to inpatient, outpatient, electives, neurology, and emergency medicine.

PGY-3 Year

How to Succeed

Residents are expected to correctly perform tasks with increasing independence.  They must proficiently and effectively manage  the complex medical patient and understand when there is a need for an appropriate referral.  They will further improve their skills in communication and health promotion by teaching their peers and other members of the healthcare team.  Senior residents gain leadership experience through the consult,  hospitalist, rural medicine, geriatrics and Business of Medicine rotations.

By graduation, our residents are:

  • Able to provide patient-centered, high-value, cost-effective care
  • Embrace diversity and understand the impact health disparities have on medical care
  • Adept at using health information technology to improve the care and education of their patients and the community
  • Committed to life-long learning and professional development
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity and respect for others
  • Function effectively as leaders or member of high functioning health care team.

Click the links below to view sample curricula.


4+2 Schedule

The program runs on the 4+2 schedule model as a way to ensure resident well-being by preventing work compression.

Residents typically complete 4 weeks of an inpatient rotation (Wards or ICU) followed by 2 weeks of Ambulatory or an Elective.  During their inpatient rotations, they do not attend continuity clinic, allowing residents to focus on the patients that require their immediate attention.

PGY-1 Schedule

Wards: 16 Weeks

Ambulatory: 12 Weeks 

Night Medicine: 4 Weeks

ICU: 4 Weeks

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: 2 Weeks

Infectious Disease: 4 Weeks

Electives: 4 Weeks

Vacation: 4 Weeks

PGY-2 Schedule

Wards: 12 Weeks

Ambulatory: 12 Weeks

Office Ambulatory: 2 Weeks

ICU: 4 Weeks

Night Medicine: 4 Weeks

Seeing the Other Side (SOS): 2 Weeks

Emergency Medicine: 4 Weeks

Neurology: 4 Weeks

Electives: 4 Weeks

Vacation: 4 Weeks

PGY-3 Schedule

Wards: 10 Weeks

Ambulatory: 12 Weeks

Office Ambulatory: 2 Weeks

Business of Medicine: 2 Weeks

ICU: 4 Weeks

Night Float: 4 Weeks

Geriatrics: 4 Weeks

 Electives: 8 Weeks

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement: 2 Weeks

Vacation: 4 Weeks

Scroll Through to View Some of Our Daily Schedules

Sample Ward Daily Schedule

Sample Ambulatory Schedule

Sample Conference Schedule

Red: Required for ALL residents

Orange: Required unless patient care emergency

Green: Only Ambulatory Residents

Purple: ICU Residents

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