Medical Residency Program - IM Program
"At Ohio Valley Medical Center, resident physicians learn to provide patients with the best of evidence based medicine in a supportive environment, fostering both intellectual and personal growth with the goal of providing compassionate, personalized care to a diverse patient population."
Each year of residency is composed of a combination of five months of Internal Medicine (Wards) and one month of Critical Care. Additionally, you will have a combination of selective rotations including Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Rheumatology, and Neurology. With each year of advancement, you will have the opportunity for additional electives including, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Allergy & Immunology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology.
“Short Call”: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Responsible for admissions as well as checking out to the night call team. This team consists of one senior on ICU and one intern on Internal Medicine. This allows the rest of the Medicine and ICU team to tie up loose ends and complete documentation.
Night Call: 6:30pm to 6:30am. The night call team is responsible for overnight floor/ICU calls, admissions, as well as presentation of an interesting case or topic for discussion at morning report. The night call team consists of 1 senior and 1-2 interns. We do not do block nights; weeknight call lasts from Sunday night to Thursday night. Night call occurs no more than once a block allowing increasing responsibility as time goes on and skill level increases. We emphasize the importance of teamwork for all rotations and call shifts to facilitate global learning.
Typical day of medicine
- 7:15 - 8:15 Morning report with a case presentation and sign out from the night team
- 10:00 - 12:00 Formal teaching rounds with attendings
- 12:00 Lunch/Lecture
- 13:00 - 16:00 Completion of floor/ICU responsibilities
- 16:30 Checkout with short call team
Every day can be a little different. On didactic days and clinic days the schedule is adjusted somewhat.
As an internal medicine resident at OVMC you will have ample opportunity to be hands on with patients. We constitute the first line of care, and are expected to see the patients and formulate a care plan prior to rounding with our attendings. While on night call, attending support is available, however you are immediately responsible for the acute and chronic care of all patients on service. This provides opportunity for autonomy and development of skills.
Our residents have exposure to procedures from day one. We perform our own central lines, arterial lines, and handle intubations. We also have many opportunities for paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar punctures, and cardiac stress tests. Because of the balance of autonomy and appropriate oversight, our residents feel very comfortable with these procedures upon graduation.
Medicine Grand Rounds
At OVMC, we are very proud of our ever-evolving didactics program. The foundation of our didactic education is weekly Grand Rounds. Each Thursday, the entire program gathers in the amphitheater for lectures, board review, Yale review, and discussions of current guidelines. Enormous effort has been invested to ensure that Grand Rounds is interactive, enjoyable, and academically enriching. Many changes in our didactics structure have been resident driven, and residents continue to have significant input.
Our dynamic lecture series is based on weekly readings from MKSAP, and includes core faculty lectures and resident lectures. Each week, there is a combined lecture with the Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine programs. These are often given by a visiting lecturer who is a leader in their respective field.
We use multiple resources for board review. These include a weekly Yale Review which focuses on common outpatient conditions, MKSAP questions, and quizzes during daily morning report.
Other didactic education includes bimonthly journal club discussion of landmark articles, morbidity and mortality conferences, and simulations. We have many simulation mannequins, including high-fidelity mannequins, in our sim lab. Throughout the year, we visit the simulation lab for procedure training and to practice code situations. These “sim days” are enjoyable and very educational.
Each morning, the program gathers for morning report. Morning report starts with a “Quizzler” which tests residents on important points of Internal Medicine knowledge. Thereafter, an interesting case from the previous night is presented by an intern with teaching points from the senior resident. One of the attending physicians leads a discussion of diagnostic and management options for the case. Following this, all of the previous night’s admissions are signed out to the oncoming residents. This structure provides daily education on essential medicine topics and ensures communication between the day and night team.
Fun & Educational
West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting
This residency geared conference is held in Roanoke, West Virginia at the Stonewall Jackson Resort. The conference is typically held on a weekend in October, from Thursday through Saturday. The agenda consists of a welcoming reception, food and beverages included, on Thursday evening followed by medical jeopardy. Medical jeopardy consists of teams of medical students and residents competing in a display of medical trivia knowledge. The winning team traditionally takes on a team of attending physicians. Saturday consists of medical lectures regarding current treatments and advances. These are given by several specialists from the West Virginia area. A group lunch closes the conference. Medical students and residents have an opportunity each year to present scholarly activity and present posters on their research or case presentations. Conference attendees are highly encouraged to bring their family to the Stonewall Jackson Resort to enjoy the weekend as well.
West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine
This conference is held annually at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on a fall weekend. The agenda consists of lectures from a wide variety of specialties. The conference begins Thursday evening and continues through Saturday evening. A career fair is included which usually coincides with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s House Staff Day and Hospital Day activities.
This event provides an opportunity for physicians to earn Continuing Medical Education credits while relaxing and exploring America’s Resort, and the surrounding Greenbrier Valley.
ACOI Annual Conference
American College of Osteopathic Internists hold an annual conference which consists of specialty lectures on a variety of board relevant topics. This is another academic conference providing opportunities to attend lectures and display academic works including interesting case presentations. The conference site changes each year. The conference typically spans from Thursday to Monday.
ACOI Board Review
This conference consists of an in depth Internal Medicine board review. Once again, the site of this annual event changes each year. The speakers consist of many of the personnel that write and review the internal medicine board questions. As for all conferences, 2nd and 3rd year residents are allotted a specific amount of CME vacation days and a monetary allowance to attend.
Wheeling Health Right, Our Continuity Clinic
Health Right is the primary outpatient clinic with which residents have the exciting opportunity to partner. The warm, friendly staff offers a great experience for patients and residents alike. Health Right affords residents the privilege to follow and manage the care of the underserved residents of Wheeling over their 3 years at OVMC. It can be both very rewarding and challenging.
Residents also get the opportunity to work with local primary care physicians at their clinics.
"Health Right gives us the opportunity to grow as a physician and participate in the community. My favorite experience was when I bonded with a patient, and she liked her experience so much she recommended me to her sister." -Jeffrey Lin, D.O., PGY-1
"I love being able to follow along with my patients. I find it really rewarding to change medications and see the difference at follow up. I once got a patient's Hemoglobin a1c from 10 down to 7 with the addition of medication and promoting diet and exercise. It was really awesome to see this patient bring me their logs and exercise plan, easily one of the most rewarding days of my career." -Patricia Southerly, D.O., PGY-2
Q: How much autonomy are you allowed allowed?
A: A lot! From day one, the medicine interns formulate their own assessments and plans with senior resident and attending oversight and guidance. Medicine interns and residents have ample opportunity to do procedures such as central lines, chest tubes, and intubations. After three years, the residents are well prepared for fellowships or a career in hospitalist medicine in terms of patient load, medical knowledge, and experience in patient care.
Q: What is the residency’s atmosphere like?
A: At OVMC, everyone is here to help. Medicine is a learning process, and from the attendings to the support staff, people here are prepared to answer questions and facilitate resident and intern learning throughout the patient care experience. Our residency goal is to learn and grow.
Q: Is there good camaraderie amongst the residents?
A: Absolutely! The medicine residents work side by side with one another to ensure the best possible care 24 hours a day. We also work closely with the emergency medicine residents to facilitate smooth transitions of care from the ED to the medical floors and ICU.
Q: What about ACGME standards and accreditation?
A: We are working with our attendings and residency coordinators to comply with ACGME standards. Our sponsoring institution, the Mountain State OPTI, is assisting us as we navigate the pre-application phase.
Q: What is the patient population like at OVMC?
A: Patients of all socioeconomic statuses with a wide variety of pathologies come through our doors. For a community hospital, we have the opportunity to learn from a diverse caseload.
Applying to the Program
Applications are accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The following documents must be submitted for your application to be considered complete:
- ERAS application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Dean’s Letter
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Medical School Transcripts
- COMLEX transcripts
- Please explain any gaps in training or medical school.
We typically conduct interviews from September into December. Most sessions are held on Fridays for applicant convenience. Further details will be provided via email when an invitation is extended.