Unique aspects of our system


Our number one objective is the quality education of residents.  This is done through a combination of hands-on patient care and didactics (see the conference schedule example).  One example of our commitment to education is our effort to maintain an intern presence on overnight cross-cover.  Dealing with acute care issues of hospitalized patients is a necessary part of becoming a good physician.  Interns learn these skills under the direct supervision of a supervising resident and/or staff physician.  We have maintained this educational experience while strictly adhering to work hour restrictions and limiting overnight call to only every 8th night. 

Continuity: Patients always stay under the care of the team that admits them.  In contrast to traditional night float systems, our residents take care of their patients from admission to discharge (and often out-patient follow-up).

Supervision: Graded responsibility and supervision is a cornerstone of resident education.  As such, our residents do not begin supervising until the second half of their PGY2 year, meaning that there is never an inexperienced intern with an inexperienced supervisor.  This assures a higher level of competency and confidence in supervision of our residents.
Balance: The process of becoming a well-trained internist can be strenuous, but it must be balanced with personal and family needs.  As such, we have developed a unique system that gives residents ample experience in caring for patients while maintaining a life outside of the hospital.  Our residents often engage in activities together outside of the hospital, including: College World Series games, Husker athletic events, UNO hockey, Omaha Performing Arts, and weekly 'pint nights' to name just a few! See why Omaha was recently ranked as 1 of the top 5 cities in America here!.

Hospitalist experience: Our hospitalist service offers a genuine experience in the practice of hospital medicine.  Residents are under the supervision of staff hospitalists, including in-house supervision during overnights.  As noted above, our growing patient safety and quality improvement curriculum will add to the education of our residents on this service. Residents also participate in monthly code simulations using our high-tech mannequins to simulate real life code situations and practice managing these high stress scenarios..