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Welcome from our Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center – a program that strives to train the next generation of highly skilled physicians who will be the future leaders of the medical field.
The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Internal Medicine Residency program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.
The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is an accredited and rigorous three-year program designed to train the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.
Our interdisciplinary approach to learning fosters excellent opportunities for professional growth, committed mentorship and clinical research. Alongside dedicated attending physicians and enthusiastic colleagues, residents strive for excellence in their training and provide high-quality healthcare in patient-centered environments and community-oriented service.
Get to Know the Team
Manuel "Manny" Suarez, MD, FACP, FACCP
Morning Reports are held twice a week Mondays and Fridays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. The discussion which follows will address important aspects of the history and physical examination, formulation of a complete differential diagnosis, and management of the disease process for the individual patient.
In order to effectively discuss each case, the presenter should prepare to answer pertinent questions concerning the patient's workup, including lab values and test results. Any available radiology studies, EKGs, or slides should be brought to the presentation when possible.
The presenter should have detailed knowledge about the patient's diagnosis and management. This is not intended to be a morbidity and mortality conference; however, the residents should prepare to defend their decisions and reasoning. Attendance at morning report is required for all residents on site.
Noon Conference is held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Noon conference is a mandatory conference for all residents who are present and on-site. The noon conferences consist of a one-hour didactic session on both general medicine and subspecialty topics.
Lecturers are faculty members and other subject experts who present topics from a scheduled, strategic 36-month curriculum designed to provide each resident with a broad knowledge base of Internal Medicine. In addition, the noon conferences cover topics in preventive medicine, pain management, end-of-life care, and substance abuse. The conferences are directed at providing information pertinent to the American Board of Internal Medicine certification examination.
Two afternoons each week the teams meet with their teaching attending for attending rounds. Two cases should be prepared by PGY-1's for presentation with pertinent diagnostic studies available for scrutiny by the team. The usual format for these rounds includes bedside case presentation, followed by an in-depth discussion of the patient-led by the attending.
Groups are encouraged to use alternate forms for attending rounds such as physical findings rounds, where multiple patients with important physical findings are seen by the group to allow additional bedside teaching of physical examination techniques.
Morbidity & Mortality
Morbidity & Mortality is held quarterly. The residents present cases with unexpected or unusual outcomes with the intent to avoid future adverse outcomes and improve the quality of patient care.
Clinical Pathology Conference (CPC) is held from September through April. Every other month, a resident presents his/her "best" case, including the patient's history and physical, laboratory data, and review of the literature and pathology material.
Journal Club is held every month. This is an established academic exercise in the residency training curriculum to obtain critical appraisal skills, update knowledge on current literature and enhance proficiency in clinical practice.
Board Review Sessions
Board Review Sessions are resident-led sessions supervised by Internal Medicine attending physicians. It is held every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. A high yield topic for American Board of Internal Medicine boards is discussed followed by questions.
- Medical Jeopardy/Trivia and use of an audience response software, takes place during noon conference, once a month
- Ambulatory Clinic Didactics Series, including access to the John Hopkins Modules and ACP Virtual Patient cases
- Required QI project
- Resident representation on a working QI committee, a sub-committee of the facility's Performance Improvement Committee
- Annual workshops at resident orientation and throughout the year:
- Ethics in the Workplace
- Professionalism and Communication
- Resident Resilience: Alertness Management / Fatigue Mitigation
- Residents as Teachers
- Research Workshop Series
- Medical Procedure Simulations
- Board Review Sessions
The TRAC Program is offered to all incoming residents to encourage team building and skills to optimize teamwork. The program consists of two complementary phases. The first is a ground-based "team-building" component that is presented in an action-oriented experiential learning format. These activities focus on the different areas that can be defined as "teamwork."
These areas include, but are not limited to: planning, time management, collaboration, negotiation, assuming a leadership role, support, and trust. The activities chosen for each group are initially based upon information provided by a needs assessment and any additional discussions with the client but are also modified as the day unfolds to meet the dynamics of the group.
The second phase of the program is the climbing or high-elements. This is when individuals are given an opportunity to challenge themselves or push their comfort zone allowing them to discover or realize their full potential. Although not as physically challenging as one might think, the high-elements offer different levels of mental challenges.
These events include climbing up to a horizontal log, walking on wires supported by hand ropes, or to a zip line. The climber is supported by the team who provides rope safety, ladder support, and encouragement.
Simulation Goals and Objectives:
All residents are offered one day of simulation training to get hands-on experience performing procedures required by the ABIM. The procedures are taught by our dedicated faculty members. Procedures include intubations, thoracentesis, paracentesis, central venous line placement, and lumbar puncture.
Each resident is given the opportunity to practice each of these procedures. Residents also receive ACLS and BLS training during which they have the opportunity to learn from mock code blues and rapid response scenarios.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Internal Medicine Residency Program
Osman Perez, DO graduated in 2018 and is currently a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow at Tulane University.
Romina Bromberg, MD graduated in 2018 and is currently an Infectious Disease Fellow at UCONN.
Kairavee Dave, MD graduated in 2017 and is currently a Gastroenterology Fellow at Aventura Hospital.
Binna Chokshi, MD graduated in 2018 and is currently a Cardiology Fellow at UNLV.
The remainder of our graduates are practicing as hospitalists in other states.