To further the development of hospital skills after completion of the PGY-1 year, second and third year residents rotate care for the practice’s hospitalized patients on a weekly basis. The residency provides hospital care for patients from the family practice center and functions as hospitalists for several of our affiliated offices. The combined hospital service averages 10-15 patients per day.
The hospital team consists of three faculty and four residents covering our two hospitals. One faculty and one resident are assigned to each hospital for the week. These four individuals spend the morning caring for the hospital patients and cover weekend call. One resident each week serves as hospital “swing” resident and rounds wherever needed most.
At Inova Fairfax Hospital, one resident is assigned to work with a faculty member in charge of the indigent newborn service and provides care for 15-20 newborns per day. This resident performs rounds on the weekend as well.
During the week, residents assigned to the hospital service divide afternoon “short call” duties caring for afternoon admissions, following up on tests and laboratory results and discharging patients who were not ready for morning discharge. Evening and night call rotates among all the residents; second and third year residents average call once every 7-8 days.