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Department of Internal Medicine

Education Innovation Project

"A renowned professor once visited master Nan-in to learn about Zen. The master politely poured him some tea, but didn't stop pouring. The cup overflowed all over his guest. The professor shouted in distress for him to stop. The master replied, 'The cup is full of tea and can contain no more unless I first empty it. In the same way your mind is full of ideas and there is no room for my teaching, unless you empty it.'" - Unlearning: It Is Time David C. Leach, MD Executive Director ACGME Bulletin

In 2005, The Residency Review Committee (part of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education) sent out invitations to internal medicine programs across the country to submit proposals for the Education Innovation Project or “EIP.”  The EIP is a pilot project that allows qualified programs (those residency programs that have received two consecutive 4-year accreditations) to “think outside the box” when it comes to developing curriculum for their residents.  Of the 51 programs who submitted applications, SIU became one out of 17 IM residency programs (now 21) selected to be part of the first cadre of programs to participate in this exciting opportunity.  (Find a complete list of institutions participating in the EIP on the National EIP Programs page.)

The main purpose of the EIP is to facilitate innovations in graduate medical education that:

  1. Integrate medical education, resident educational outcomes, and quality improvement in patient care (the “Quality Agenda”)
  2. Advance competency-based education and outcomes-based assessment (the “Outcomes Agenda”)

The main objectives are:

  1. Creating innovations in residencies directed toward advancing safe, high-quality patient-centered care, and competency-based residency education;
  2. Facilitating change in the environment of residency training to clinical care systems that foster high quality care and competency-based education;
  3. Facilitating development of educational and evaluation tools that graduate medical education can disseminate and utilize broadly;
  4. Developing training models that better serve the professional needs and ultimate career goals of trainees.

During the academic year 2014-2015, project leaders Andrew Varney, MD, Program Director; Susan Hingle, MD; Vidhya Prakash, MD; and Omar Vargas, MD; along with the residency staff, and department faculty began the EIP.  The 2014-2015 academic year marks the EIP’s ninth year.