Description of Elective Clinical Rotations
Residents avail themselves of a myriad of opportunities at Cambridge Health Alliance, in the Greater Boston area, and in national and international settings during their elective time. Residents may chose to rotate to the tertiary care Harvard hospitals for inpatient or outpatient subspecialty experiences in areas such as infectious diseases, endocrinology, hematology-oncology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine. Residents also use elective time to work on their scholarly projects, learning languages that could help them in their medical practice, going to develop countires to work in rural clinics, or preparing for the boards.
Specially designed elective experiences within CHA include:
Medical Subspecialty Consultation Elective: Residents may opt for 2 to 4 week immersion experiences in a number of medical specialties.
Hospital Medicine Elective: Residents work apprentice-style with a hospital preceptor, evaluating and managing inpatients, performing procedures, completing a hospital quality improvement project.
Occupational and Environmental Health Elective
: Basic principles of recognizing and preventing occupational health diseases are integrated into a series of didactics and clinical experiences. Residents participate in work site evaluations and projects in this elective.
Resident-Designed Electives: Resident may select a faculty mentor and participate in design of an elective to meet their educational/research needs. Recent examples include medical education, international health, behavioral medicine, acupuncture, and adolescent medicine.
Psychiatry Elective: Residents have a chance to work side by side with psychiatrists in various settings: from in-patient psychiatric unit, to psychiatric emergency services, to consultation liaisons. This is a rotation that could be crafted individually to meet the needs of participants.