Teaching

Teaching the physician leaders of tomorrow is a source of pride for the Academic Hospitalists. They are consistently rated among the highest teachers by their trainees. From classroom setting to the hospital ward, the educational impact of the Academic Hospitalists is evident in nearly every aspect of medical education.

The Generalist Firm is one of the inpatient General Medicine teaching services at Yale New Haven Hospital. Since mid-2013, it has been led by Robert Fogerty, MD, FACP, along with Patrick O’Connor, MD, MPH, chief of General Medicine. The curriculum was revised and the daily work flow restructured to focus on operations, safety and quality topics. Teams are given real-time metrics and feedback on a weekly basis. Educational sessions range from traditional didactics on metric selection, safe patient flow techniques and medication errors, to field trips to the blood bank and hospital bed management department. Using these unique educational goals and full engagement of nursing staff, trainees receive a well-rounded understanding of the practical challenges in the delivery of modern healthcare to inpatients.

Robert Fogerty, MD, MPH, has successfully mentored numerous students and residents. Projects include a curriculum development leading to an interactive, peer-educational session where residents teach each other about quality and safety techniques. He has presented his work at regional and national meetings, and created a resident-driven peer educational process for health literacy among inpatients. In addition, Dr. Fogerty serves as co-director, Quality Improvement & Physician Leadership Distinction Pathway in the Internal Medicine Residency Programs. This formal, two-year curriculum is designed to give residents in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years education in leadership skills and quality improvement techniques, as well as a supervised quality improvement project. The goal is to begin to foster these skills so that our graduates can begin a career in quality improvement after graduation with actionable and practical skills.

Christopher Sankey, MD, FACP, FHM, was the recipient of the internal medicine traditional residency program 2014 Teacher of the Year award. He teaches medical students regularly as a student tutor in courses such as:

  • YSM Pre-Clinical Clerkship Clinical Tutor
  • YSM “The Importance of Psychosocial Factors in the Experience of Illness”
  • YSM Communication skills group

Dr. Sankey has also mentored more than 15 students, residents and hospital medicine colleagues in the writing, presentation, and publication of clinical vignettes. He is the physician editor of a clinical vignette section (“The Brief Case”) for the ACP Hospitalist magazine.