Three Year Categorical
Internal Medicine Residency
The categorical Internal Medicine residency is a traditional program to train residents in internal medicine and its subspecialities. Following successful completion of the three year residency, residents are eligible to sit for Boards with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our residents are well prepared to practice in general internal medicine, hospitalist medicine, or additional subspecialty training. Because of flexibility within the three year schedule, residents are able to tailor their elective rotations to meet their career goals and needs.
Ambulatory Care Experience
The Categorical Program includes a well-organized ambulatory curriculum to complement the clinical experience in outpatient medicine. Weekly, residents and a general medicine faculty review topics in ambulatory medicine, which include medical topics, billing and coding, psychosocial components, and a variety of other subjects.
Residents attend continuity clinic once a week, depending on the rotation. Three to four residents are supervised by a primary care faculty member whose sole responsibility is to guide residents in the practice of outpatient medicine. Each resident has a panel of patients who identify the resident as their primary care provider. The resident is the point person for the patient and his/her family, consultants, and the emergency department. If the patient requires inpatient hospitalization, the resident service follows him/her through his/her hospital course.
Residents will obtain additional outpatient training during elective months, and spend blocks of time in subspecialty offices and clinics. Many rotations, such as Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Allergy-Immunology are largely outpatient based. On other rotations, such as Pulmonary Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology and Hematology-Oncology, residents are expected to attend outpatient clinic sessions several times a week.
Regardless of the resident's future career goals, he or she will likely be spending some time in the practice of outpatient medicine. The variety of ambulatory opportunities will provide good experiences for the future practice of medicine.