About the Program
Throughout their training, InterACT trainees will receive one-on-one career counseling, coaching, and development. The program will be comprised of the following three distinct components:
1. Clinical Observership Program (4 months)
The first component is clinical experience, while under the direct supervision of an attending physician, InterACT trainees spend four months observing and shadowing the clinical services and/or operations at UAB hospitals and clinics. They participate in inpatient and outpatient rounds, core conferences, lectures and learn about integrative, high quality medical care at UAB. Inpatient and outpatient experiences are designed to meet the trainees’ interests and professional development needs. Inpatient rounds can include ICU, CCU, medicine, endocrinology, etc. Outpatient rounds can include cardiology, nephrology, women's health, HIV/Aids, infectious disease, etc. In addition to inpatient and outpatient rounds, trainees attend and participate in didactics - morning reports, noon reports, grand rounds, and clinical case discussions. Trainees are given a series of homework assignments that include online diagnostic cases, patient physician communication exercises and history and physicals. Every month trainees meet one-on-one with the InterACT Program Director to review progress and receive feedback.
2. Clinical Simulation Program (2 months)
Secondly, InterACT trainees will be assigned to the UAB Pediatric Simulation Center. Experiences include the management of both children and adult simulated patients. Trainees are able to perform history physical exams and order x-rays, labs, EKG’s, etc. They receive results during the case to diagnose and treat the patient. They work with multidisciplinary teams, including nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, etc. As these are simulated patients, this is a great way to allow InterACT trainees more autonomy and to enhance their communication skills with teams and improve their patient’s care. In addition to the many clinical scenarios they care for, trainees are also trained in procedures including central lines, intubations, interosseous lines, lumbar punctures, etc. This unique experience allows for the trainees to become familiarized with techniques of simulation as well as to learn how such complex scenarios are managed in the US.
3. Scientific/Clinical Research (6 months)
Participants will engage in a six month rotation conducting IRB approved clinical research under the mentorship of NIH-funded UAB clinical faculty. Through working at UAB hospitals and clinics, this component provides trainees with an understanding of the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research, as well as good clinical practice and research compliance. Trainees will augment their research experiences through seminars and journal clubs with peers and interaction with patients enrolled in investigational protocols.