School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency Tops National Exam Scores

Soaring Stature

By Peter Carrels

In 2014, leadership of USD Sanford School of Medicine’s internal medicine residency embarked on an ambitious redesign of curriculum and all other aspects of the three-year program. “We completely overhauled the program,” said Dr. Joseph Fanciullo, director of the residency.

Fanciullo and others at the medical school wanted to create a residency that was more responsive to the needs of residents and would better serve patients, too. “We prioritized resident well-being, including having our residents work more reasonable hours, and we also greatly reduced the number of overnights they worked,” explained Fanciullo. “We wanted the residents to be more engaged with their patients during their
clinical rotations by minimizing conflicts in their clinical schedules.” This new model, he added, also provided the opportunity to integrate or weave together the various components of internal medicine, and that strengthened resident preparation for practice.

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In This Issue

  • On a trip with two friends to Zion National Park in June 2018, Hensley was thrust by choice into a critical role providing emergency medical care to another hiker – a complete stranger – who’d been seriously injured in a rockslide.

  • There’s no mistaking the authentic love that connects McKenna (Eisenbeisz) Fischer to Miles Eisenbeisz. Their relationship is comfortably displayed as they discuss the medical procedures that made it possible for a daughter to donate lifesaving bone marrow stem cells to her father.

  • For 35 years, Jerry Yutrzenka, Ph.D., taught and mentored students and provided consequential leadership at the medical school.