Internal Medicine Residency Training Program Curriculum

The Department of Medicine offers a well-rounded training program in internal medicine. Because we are committed to preparing residents to become general internists, subspecialty fellows or medical researchers, our curriculum is flexible and individually tailored. Moreover, clinical training occurs in diverse outpatient and inpatient settings so residents can experience a wide variety of patients and practice models.

Primary Care Pathway

Categorical Program

Our traditional categorical pathway is designed to help residents develop into well-rounded physicians who can be highly successful in a subspecialty of their choice, as hospitalists, or as general internists. Residents can tailor their schedule such that their individual needs are met as they investigate and then solidify their career choices.

For residents in the categorical path, a large proportion of time will occur on the general medicine wards and in the ICUs. Rotations on inpatient subspecialty consult services will bolster residents’ experience with acutely ill, complicated medical patients. In the third year, residents will participate in a hospitalist rotation that will allow them to optimally prepare for that career path. Residents will have 12 weeks of elective time over their three years during which they can choose to participate in research projects, and our residents are highly successful at completing research projects.

Sample Categorical Schedule

Residents in the categorical path will also spend approximately one-third of their time in the ambulatory setting. In addition to continuity clinic, residents will rotate through a variety of community-based clinics and have ample exposure to outpatient diagnoses.

Preliminary Program

Our preliminary program is designed to provide a broad internal medicine experience to residents who ultimately will pursue training in non-internal medicine residency programs. A preliminary resident schedule is very similar to a categorical intern's schedule, in order to model the well-rounded, diverse experiences of our categorical trainees. As such, prelims will rotate through medicine wards, ICUs and subspecialty consult services. Prelims will not have continuity clinic but will have excellent outpatient exposure during dedicated ambulatory blocks.

Sample Preliminary Schedule

Sample Neurology Preliminary Schedule

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