PGY-3 Curriculum

Our PGY-3 is an excellent year marked by two notable upper-level challenges (Pulmonary Teaching Service and PICU nights) and our first “field trip” to South Carolina American College of Physicians (ACP) conference in the fall.

Unique Features

  • Fall ACP Conference
    Residents will have the opportunity to present a case (oral or poster), original quality improvement (QI) or research project at the conference. Both the Internal Medicine and Med-Peds departments have frequently won awards in the poster presentation, oral presentation and original research/QI project categories
  • Upper-level challenges in the ICU
    Pulmonary Teaching Service on Internal Medicine and PICU nights
  • Career Planning Spring Workshops
    PGY-4s share their wisdom accrued along their job search and tips on career planning. The chief resident, program coordinator, program director work hard to ensure high-yield lectures often from Med-Peds faculty during these afternoon-long Fall and Spring workshops. This is particularly geared toward our PGY-1-PGY-3s so they will try to career plan early! The department of medicine also offers a hospital-wide ‘Business of Medicine” seminar to offer helpful tips for running a successful practice.
  • Med-Peds Combined Conferences: Each PGY-3 will be responsible for giving a mid-day lecture on a topic that spans both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine to both categorical residency groups. This is a very popular, well-attended conference that delves into the evidence based guidelines and literature surrounding a topic. Example: Celiac Disease or Cystic Fibrosis

Required Rotations

Pulmonary Teaching Service (PTS)
Summarized in the PGY-1 Curriculum. As an upper-level, residents will be leading a team of four interns on a rigorous consult and admit ICU service. Coordinating rounds, mentoring interns and triaging appropriately is challenging. Reassuringly, there is a Critical Care/Pulmonary attending in the hospital all day and night available for questions, concerns or help at any time.

Cardiology Teaching Service (CTS)
This is another inpatient Teaching Service, separate from MTS and PTS. On CTS, residents will do new consults, complete admissions and follow patients with common Cardiology pathology:

  • ST-elevation MI
  • unstable angina
  • CHF exacerbations
  • Severe valvular dysfunction

The residents will also be required to do a didactic CTS presentation for the residents and course coordinator at the end of the rotation.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nights /Surgery Clinic
This is a unique hybrid rotation of two weeks of PICU nights from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. during the week and Sunday evening and two weeks of outpatient Surgery clinic. On PICU nights, residents complete PICU admissions and manage the ICU with close direction by the PICU attending on call.

They are available by phone or text and will drive back to Greenville Memorial Hospital if any difficult admissions or situation arise. At 6 a.m., you will give overnight checkout about the patients and new admissions to the day time residents. On Surgery clinic, residents will evaluate new clinic patients and see follow-up continuity visits in multiple subspecialty clinics such as Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, General and Vascular Surgery.

Adolescent Medicine
On this rotation, the resident will learn about the unique challenges and pathology of adolescent medicine through seeing adolescent and young adult patients in a variety of settings throughout our community.  Residents will see patients in our adolescent medicine clinics at the Center for Pediatric Medicine and at our North Greenville office for primary and urgent care services.  In addition, they will see adolescent patients in a variety of other settings, including a juvenile detention center, an adolescent gynecology office, orthopedic urgent care, a behavioral health clinic, and school based health programs.  Please follow this link for our full Adolescent Medicine Curriculum.

Additional Rotations

Elective Rotations

PGY-3 residents may again choose from any of the electives listed on the PGY-2 curriculum page. Residents typically have one to two electives in both internal medicine and pediatrics in the PGY-3 year. In addition, residents may also choose to do an away rotation to help with career planning or an international health rotation in the third year.

Click here to see a sample PGY-3 curriculum.