Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Information
The Department of Medicine sponsors a fully accredited 3 year Internal Medicine Categorical Residency Program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical education (ACGME) and a fully ACGME-accredited 1 year Preliminary program. The Department of Medicine also sponsors seven ACGME-accredited fellowships that include Cardiovascular Diseases (including General Clinical Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology), Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonary Critical Care, Sleep disorders, Medical Oncology and Gastroenterology-Hepatology.
The program underwent major restructuring and improvements to its curriculum, rotations design and scholastic environment during the last three years. In addition, we have developed advising groups which include 4-5 residents led by the faculty and are designed to discuss career choices and interpersonal and communication skills.
To assess the resident's medical knowledge, we introduced a monthly test that evaluates residents on the content of the core curriculum presented during the preceding month, allowing both the program and the residents an opportunity to assess their medical knowledge and identify weaknesses on a more routine basis. Our American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) rolling 5-year pass rate is 85%. Our program has also implemented board review lectures into the curriculum and has invested in sponsoring residents to attend external board review courses as well.
An emphasis is made on enriching our residents' professional and scholastic profile during residency training. Our residents are presented with ample opportunities to engage and participate in research projects ranging from active clinical trials to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety projects. The Internal Medicine Residency program has recently invested in developing a Quality Improvement curriculum. The evolving healthcare system mandates that physicians are trained to use the tools of Quality Improvement in delivering healthcare. The residents have the expertise of a newly-hired Quality Improvement and Patient Educational Specialist who will guide them through completing a Quality Improvement and Patient Safety project. Many of our residents have even published their projects and presented at various national conferences. These efforts make our residents more competitive when applying to fellowships and permanent positions.
Our residents participate on a daily basis in multi-disciplinary rounds that include nurses, pharmacists, social workers, among others to effectively coordinate their patients' care. Many of our residents are involved in hospital committees such as Infection Control Committee, Heart Failure Committee, Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia committee, among others to expose them to quality benchmarks the hospital and all the health care systems strive to achieve.
The core internal medicine program works very closely and guides our seven fellowship programs. This is accomplished through regular meetings between the fellowship program directors and program coordinators. The fellows work very closely with our residents and hold routine teaching sessions both on and off the wards. Many of our residents collaborate with fellows on research projects that result in meaningful publication and presentations at national sub-specialty conferences.
Over the last two years, our residents have authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in well-respected and high impact medical journals and have presented at local and national conferences including the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), Digestive Diseases Week (DDW), American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and several others. The program leadership has put valiant effort in facilitating these scholastic accomplishments including monetary sponsorship of our residents' work.