Anesthesia residents at Maine Medical Center complete a medicine preliminary internship prior to their anesthesia training. Residents must have a solid base of medical knowledge to build upon in the following years.
The intern year is spent rotating with the internal medicine residency teaching services. The intern year is split into 13 four-week blocks. Seven of these blocks will be on-service, and the remainder of this time will be spent in subspecialties off the medical services.
The on-service requirements include 3 blocks on the general medical service, 1 block of medical critical care, plus a total of 3 blocks spent rotating on the subspecialty inpatient medical services – nephrology (Med R), oncology (Med A) and cardiology/cardiac ICU (Med C).
Of the 3 general medicine blocks, two weeks will be spent cross covering as a night float intern. The remaining 2 weeks on-service are spent on a night float cross-covering the subspecialty services (Med C, A,R). The call schedule has been recently changed to comply with the ACGME duty hour changes effective 7/1/11 to eliminate 24 hours shifts.
Off-service blocks include neurology, OB (2 weeks), emergency medicine, one elective, plus pulmonary and cardiology consultation. Interns are given a total of 4 weeks of vacation, which may be taken during neurology, the elective block or consultation months. Also, 4-5 weekends each year, off-service interns will be required to help cross-cover the medical services overnight.
(3) General Medicine
(1) Cardiology/Cardiac ICU (Med C)
(1) Oncology (Med A)
(1) Nephrology (Med R)
(1) Medical Critical care
(1) Pulmonary consults
(1) Cardiology consults
(13) Total 4-week blocks