Internal Medicine Residency
The Internal Medicine program at St. Joseph Health Center operates under the standards of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Ted Alexander, D.O. is the Internal Medicine Residency Interim Director at St. Joseph Health Center which is a 219 bed, level III trauma center offering a wide variety of services.
This 3-year program is designed to produce Internal Medicine Physicians fully competent to practice in hospital and/or ambulatory care and to become board certified Internists. Ambulatory continuity of care experience is provided through the St. Joseph Community Care Clinic where each Resident has his or her own panel of patients and trains with the EPIC EMR system. Preventative medicine, patient management and hands-on hospital skills are strongly emphasized, including intensive care management throughout residency with progressive responsibilities in patient care occurring in each successive year. The program offers both a Hospitalist track (with a focus on hospital skills and for those considering Hospital Medicine or Subspecialty Medicine), and a Primary Care Track (for those interested in pursuing Ambulatory Medicine).
Education Educational objectives are met through a variety of hands-on training and lecture-based activities. Residents become proficient in performing history and physicals (including osteopathic structural exams), and are trained in procedures such as central venous line insertion with and without portable vascular ultrasound, arterial blood gas and arterial line insertion, endotracheal intubation, cardiac stress testing, ventilator management, thoracentesis, paracentesis, code blue emergencies, and EKG interpretation.
St. Joseph also has an on-site simulation lab for procedure practice and code simulation which includes an innovative and fully interactive Sim-Man. Our Sim Lab also includes special dummies for training for central venous line insertion under vascular ultrasound. Rotations include General Internal Medicine, Medicine Subspecialites, and 6 months of elective time. Out-rotations are available through St. Elizabeth Health Center, our Sister Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, for certain specialties and as approved by the program director.
Typical didactic activities include:
- Weekly General Didactics
- Weekly Internal Medicine Board Review
- Internal Medicine RPAC
- Monthly Internal Medicine Journal Club
- Monthly Tumor Board
- Fireside Chats
In addition, residents are involved in mentoring osteopathic medical students, lecturing during didactics, and participating in community educational programs such as St. Joe’s at the Mall.
Other Program Highlights
- Call schedule: In-house coverage (7pm-7am) four times per month, plus one weekend coverage per month.
- One half-day per week in Community Care Clinic with EPIC EMR System
- Begin performing procedures from day one of Intern year.
- Benefits: meal allowance, educational allowances, two lab coats provided per year, private call rooms, and physician parking.
Also, each Resident attends the ACOI Convention and Scientific Session and ACOI Board Review Course that is covered one time during Residency in addition to their educational stipend.