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Overall Structure

Training Program Overall Structure Final Donut Schedule
Donut Schedule
Subspecialty Wards (Bone Marrow Transplant, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Geriatrics, Heart Failure, Infectious Disease, Oncology, Pulmonary, Renal)23-24 weeks
ICU (MICU, CCU)4 weeks
Elective (Sub-specialty Clinics, Consult Services, Research, Health Disparities Elective, QI Week, Health IT Elective week)7-9 weeks
General Medicine Clinic6 weeks
Night Float (Cross Coverage Only)4 weeks
Dedicated Back-Up3-4 weeks
Vacation4 weeks


The interns have a “3+2” structure throughout the year, where they have a three-week inpatient block, followed by a two-week block of ambulatory clinics, elective time, or back-up. The inpatient experiences include ward rotations at Tufts Medical Center on the Cardiology (General Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Advanced Heart Failure), Nephrology, Pulmonary, Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Bone Marrow Transplantation/Leukemia, and General Medicine services (including General Medicine and Geriatrics) and General Medicine at Newton Wellesley hospital.

In general, interns admit on long-call days until 7 pm every fourth day during most ward rotations. There are no 24-hour shifts. Interns also get several weeks of intensive-care time in both the medical and cardiac ICUs. When rotating on night float, interns are responsible for cross-covering already admitted patients, and do not admit new patients overnight.

During “Plus-two” weeks, interns are scheduled for their continuity general medicine clinics and elective time, where they can request rotating through any of our consult services. We can also create more specific elective opportunities if interns are interested in rheumatology, palliative care, allergy, and nutrition. All interns participate in a 1-week Patient Safety/Quality Improvement rotation and they also have the chance to rotate in our health-informatics or health disparities electives. We now have a dedicated back-up system, where each intern will be on back up for 3-4 weeks, where they come in for morning report and noon conferences but have no other clinical responsibilities unless called in to cover a co-intern on service.

Intern year starts about ten days before July 1 to facilitate the house staff transition. Interns have four weeks of vacation, one of which is scheduled for the last week of intern year.

Subspecialty Wards (Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Oncology, Pulmonary, Renal)12-15 weeks
ICU (MICU, CCU)9-12 weeks
Elective (Sub-specialty Clinics, Consult Services, Research)15 weeks
General Medicine Clinic8 weeks
Night Float (Ward Admissions)3-5 weeks
Dedicated Back-Up2 weeks
Vacation4 weeks


The second year focuses on increased grading autonomy, becoming a leader on the team, and further exploring career and professional interests. The second year is broken down into three-week blocks and typically follows a “3+3” schedule.

Inpatient rotations includes inpatient specialty ward services, intensive care time and night rotations. Ambulatory rotations include primary care continuity clinic, as well as specialty clinic and consults. During the second year of residency, residents spend more time in the intensive care units, allowing them to further grow their clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills for some of the sickest patients in the hospital. Residents will typically have 3-4 ICU blocks over the course of the year, including one block spent in the cardiac ICU where residents gain exposure to experience managing mechanical support devices like Impella and VA-ECMO. This is a unique to the Tufts experience.

Ambulatory rotations include primary care continuity clinic, as well as specialty clinic and consults. During subspecialty clinics, residents get additional face-time with subspecialty attendings, allowing them to further connect for fellowship letters and research projects. They also have more time to improve their skills as a primary care physician and continue to build their therapeutic relationships with their patient panel. The schedule also offers time for research or other non-medical electives to allow for exploration in non-traditional medical career paths.

Subspecialty Wards (Heart Failure, Geriatrics, General Medicine)9 weeks
ICU (MICU, CCU)8-10 weeks
Elective (Sub-specialty Clinics, Consult Services, Research)10-12 weeks
Medicine Consult Service3 weeks
General Medicine Clinic7 weeks
Night Float (Ward Admissions)2 weeks
Emergency Department3 weeks
Neurology3 weeks
Dedicated Back-Up1 week
Vacation4 weeks


The third year also consists of a “3+3” schedule and is designed to complement the first two years of intensive training in inpatient wards and critical care medicine. Third year offers residents more opportunities for electives and ambulatory medicine. Over two-thirds of the year is spent in ambulatory and elective rotations, and the other one-third on rotations in the ICU or general medicine wards at Tufts or Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where they are the leaders of the medical team. Like the prior two years, there is a dedicated night float rotation where residents admit patients to the hospital and supervise night float interns.

Residents have 1 week of dedicated back-up where they do not have any clinical duties unless they are called in. Third year residents can take up to 2 weeks of dedicated research time to complete any pending research projects before applying to fellowship.

Ambulatory time, like second year, consists of primary care continuity clinic blocks, sub-specialty clinics and consult services. All senior residents must complete a rotation in our emergency department, on the medicine consult service at Tufts and with the neurology department at Newton Wellesley Hospital. All residents before graduation in their second or third year will also complete an outpatient elective in endocrinology and rheumatology.

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