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Congratulations on your upcoming medical school graduation, and thank you for considering the Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency for future training. Our Program is dynamic and our faculty and residents are committed to its success. The learning environment is nurturing, not intimidating. The expectations are challenging, yet realistic. Resident roles and responsibilities are predicated on their educational goals and career aspirations, not on hospital service needs. We are proud of the successes we have achieved clinically, educationally, and academically, and we are excited as we look forward to and accept the challenges of an ever-changing medical educational and health care landscape. Our large and diverse patient base, strong clinical and research resources, and outstanding primary care and subspecialty faculty will prepare you well for whatever career you choose, be it primary care, hospitalist medicine, or a subspecialty.

Thanks for visiting our website, and please read/watch on. If our program peaks your interest-as we think it will-we encourage you to apply or give us a call, so that we may get to know each other better. We look forward to hearing from you.

Richard J. Battiola, MD F.A.C.P.
Program Director

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The Mission

The mission of the Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency Program is to promote a patient-centered outcome-based approach to healthcare. Learning, scholarly activity and quality care are integrated within an educational framework, which serves as the foundation for any career in internal medicine.

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The Vision

1. Patient Centered Care

Aurora Health Care, the largest healthcare system in the state of Wisconsin, considers every employee, volunteer, resident, and medical staff member as a valued caregiver, each who directly and indirectly provides care, and whose compassion, ideas, and skills transform places of work into places of healing- and learning.

2. Quality Improvement

Aurora Health Care, including our two major teaching hospitals, Aurora Sinai and Aurora St. Luke's, are consistently ranked among the best in the country in patient care quality initiatives. Our residency program is an integral part of these efforts. We believe that the Competencies of Practice-Based Learning/Improvement and Systems-Based Practice are best learned by having residents and faculty actively involved in quality improvement initiatives of value to our system, our program, and- most importantly- our patients. We actively participate with other stake holders- often times taking the lead- in such projects as limiting 30 day re-admissions, improving access to care, limiting health care disparities, enhancing patient safety through an incident reporting an review process, improving transitions of care in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and more. Ultimately our educational curricula become our patient care policies and programs, and vice versa.

3. Community Involvement

The Program considers social responsibility, cultural awareness, and a commitment to community and population health to be core to the competency of Professionalism, and an important attribute of our trainees. Between our two main campuses we serve a diverse patient base, including many cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and our efforts to provide them high quality care are both challenging and rewarding. The program works with Aurora Health Care, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and community leaders to involve our trainees in efforts aimed at improving the well being of the community, and the individuals that live within its bounds. Faculty and residents staff and participate in community efforts through a local clinic for the urban underserved, the Bread of Healing Clinic. Our program is actively involved in the "National Initiative V", sponsored through the Association of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), focused on learning about and developing initiatives to reduce health care disparities in our community. We are excited about participating in this national project and how it will benefit both our trainees and the community we serve.

4.Medical Knowledge and Clinical Skills

Health care providers in general and Internal Medicine physicians in particular, have assumed several new roles and responsibilities in providing team-based care to our patients. But at the end of the day, you- the internist- will be looked upon as the expert in providing competent, evidence-based evaluation and management to a wide spectrum of patients with a multitude of medical problems and diseases. Through its large and diverse patient base, strong clinical programs and facilities, outstanding faculty and medical staff, and innovative didactics and educational programs, we will provide you a great opportunity to learn state of the art care in a conducive, non-intimidating, time efficient and effective way. Strong bedside and clinical teaching is complimented by a comprehensive daily noon time conference schedule, a daily ward-based morning report, a monthly "Academic Half Day", and a number of on-line training modules. Video-conferencing between the 2 major teaching sites is often employed so that residents can access the best didactics. Our conferencing is learner-centered and case-based, covers all of the major Internal Medicine subspecialties, and includes a great deal of resident participation and interaction. We provide a 2 week procedural skills training block, and we can also provide elective training opportunities in Radiology, Pain management, Palliative Care, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and other non-traditional disciplines. Our success in medical knowledge and clinical skills training is reflected in the consistently strong ABIM Board pass rate of our graduates.