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Program Overview

Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of our Internal Medicine Residency Program is to train leaders in healthcare by providing comprehensive and outstanding clinical training to our residents. The clinical rotations and didactic curriculum of our program are designed to ensure that house staff acquire the essential clinical skills, confidence and independence required for delivering the highest quality medical care to patients with diverse types of acute or chronic diseases. Upon completion of training, physicians possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful practice of general medicine or further subspecialty training. These attributes for success include: humanism, professionalism, clinical skills, management skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.

We offer two PGY-1 options:

Length of categorical program: 3 years
Total number of residents:

Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program

The 3-year categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program exposes residents to a broad and balanced curriculum of inpatient and outpatient medical care. Each year, residents assume increasing levels of responsibility. Faculty supervision emphasizes evidence-based clinical decision-making, appropriate resource utilization learning and the important role of the resident as teacher. Considerable flexibility exists for upper-level residents to design a schedule of rotations that meet their specific career needs.

Starting in 2012-2013, we are offering a Primary Care Track for residents who are interested in practicing general internal medicine after completing their residency program.


Preliminary Medicine Year

We offer 10 preliminary internal medicine residency positions per year. Preliminary-tract residents are selected from among those applicants who intend to enter another field of medicine upon completion of this year. This would include ophthalmology, radiology, neurology, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesia and dermatology.

Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Combined Residency

We offer an outstanding interdepartmental five-year training program that prepares physicians for dual American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certification. In addition to rotations in a broad array of related fields, protected flexible time is available to pursue academic interests. Residents function as both emergency medicine and internal medicine chief residents during their fifth year. This unique and intensive curriculum prepares residents with the research and administrative skills necessary for leadership careers in academic medicine.

Primary Care Track

With more medical students and residents choosing specialty medicine careers, a projected shortage in the number of physicians practicing general primary care has been predicted in the coming years. In an effort to address this expected shortage and to train quality internal medicine physicians to become successful primary care doctors, we created a Primary Care Track within the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Residents in the Primary Care Track:

  • Will spend less time in electives/inpatient rotations to accommodate a monthlong ambulatory care rotation in each year of the residency in one of our suburban primary care clinics
  • Will be required to do one research project during the residency on a primary care topic of the resident's choice; residents will be given extra time to work on their projects during their ambulatory months
  • Will have additional, more in-depth training in subspecialties that are frequently referred to the primary care physician, such as wound care, urology, and podiatry
  • Will have primary care mentors to help guide them in their choices for their general internal medicine career
  • Will have the opportunity to enhance their didactic learning experiences by participating in an episodic Primary Care Journal Club and Ambulatory Morbidity and Mortality Conference

The Primary Care Track curriculum meets requirements of the ACGME for successful completion and graduation from the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The Primary Care Track curriculum begins in 2012-2013. Two residents will be selected from each class based on their desire and commitment to primary care. Future years hold the possibility for expansion.

Directors of the Primary Care Track are Mary Lynn Sealey, MD, and Elizabeth Cuevas, MD, and one of the chief residents will be designated as the primary care chief. The primary care chief has the responsibility to arrange schedules and didactic sessions during the ambulatory care month and to provide peer support for the Primary Care Track residents. For 2012-2013, the primary care chief is Veronica Baca, MD.    

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