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Academic Half Day

Academic Half Day

The Highland Internal Medicine Program Academic Half Day (AHD) provides 6 hours of protected teaching time every month, or around 78 hours every year, to residents without interruptions from clinical duties. AHD features a comprehensive curriculum taught in small groups of high-yield, rotating topics in the following domains to help achieve our program's mission of producing well-rounded, competent physicians and leaders. 

  • Foundational topics in Clinical Reasoning, Bedside Diagnosis, and Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Subspecialty didactics, including core topics in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care, and Rheumatology

  • Skills training, including Motivational Interviewing, Bedside Ultrasound, Clinical Teaching, and central line practice time and Code Blue simulations in the Simulation Center

  • Social determinants of health, including Population Health, Substance Use Disorders, Transgender Health, and a robust Home Visits program to learn to care for vulnerable patients 

  • High value care, including protected time and mentorship for all second year residents to conduct their own small group quality improvement interventions

  • Leadership development and wellness check-in time

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Humanism in Medical Education

Humanism in Medical Education is curriculum designed to honor patients and providers as humans first. We focus on developing emotional literacy skills to help navigate the inherent, and expected, emotional hardships of the medical education training system and the practice of medicine. Emotional literacy skills include: shame resilience, compassionate inquiry, and understanding trauma and trauma responses.  The goal of developing these skills, and tending to our intrinsic human emotions, is to create the space to experience the joy of medicine.

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