Griffin Hospital offers a friendly environment where preliminary year interns learn how to manage day-to-day internal medicine problems, ranging from simple internal medicine cases to complicated critically ill patients. The large number of dedicated core clinical faculty, the patient focused clinical training coupled with Yale faculty conferences, grand rounds and teaching rounds make for an exceptional medical training. Program graduates have gone on to pursue medical careers in various fields, such as neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, physical medicine, nuclear medicine and many more.
The Preliminary Medicine year at Griffin Hospital consists of three months of general medicine, two months of cardiology, one month of non-cardiac telemetry, one to two months of intensive care, four weeks of "night float", two weeks of emergency medicine, and a six-week elective.
Electives are completed in the Internal Medicine subspecialty departments or at ambulatory teaching sites.
All PGY-1 residents will be taking 1 in 4 nights call during general medicine rotations, in which they stay in the hospital until 8:30 PM. There is no overnight call on the weekdays. The night float intern works five days a week and has Friday and Saturday night off. Each night float rotation is only two weeks long and each intern does not get more than two blocks of night float. During ICU and Telemetry, the long calls will be 1 in 5. The calls are overnight and all interns leave by 11:30 AM post call. During elective and ambulatory rotations PGY-1s do not have call. The ER call is comprised of three 12-hour shifts per week. The number of admissions, on going care of patients and duty hours are strictly adhered to as per ACGME standards.