Individuals in the PGY I year are closely supervised by senior level residents or faculty. Examples of tasks that are expected of PGY I physicians include: perform a history and physical, start intravenous lines, draw blood, order medication and diagnostic tests, collect and analyze test results and communicate those to the other members of the team and faculty, obtain informed consent, place urinary catheters and nasogastric tubes, assist in the operating room and perform other invasive procedures under the supervision of the faculty or senior residents at the discretion of the responsible faculty member. The resident is expected to exhibit a dedication to the principles of professional preparation that emphasizes primacy of the patient as the focus for care. The first year resident must develop and implement a plan for study, reading and research of selected topics that promotes personal and professional growth and be able to demonstrate successful use of the literature in dealing with patients.
The resident should be able to communicate with patients and families about the disease process and the plan of care as outlined by the attending. At all levels, the resident is expected to demonstrate an understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and managerial factors inherent in providing cost effective care.