Unique Aspects of the Internal Medicine Residency Program

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Our Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program provides trainees with a strong foundation in clinical and academic medicine balanced with a supportive and collegial atmosphere. Program components include:

Many of our distinguished faculty are academic leaders in their field with strong national reputations. When we ask our house staff, they say the camaraderie among the house staff, relationship with faculty, program leadership and supportive atmosphere are unmatched.

Outstanding Clinical Training

Our residents receive outstanding clinical training working with approachable faculty who love to teach in two nationally recognized institutions, UH Cleveland Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. We also have innovative programs in Ambulatory Care (the VA-based Center of Outpatient Education) and International Health.

UH Cleveland Medical Center, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, offers a balanced approach to clinical education, training and mentorship in an atmosphere that allows leading residents to achieve their very best. With this excellence in training and education, our residents have a long history of consistently matching at the most outstanding fellowships in the country.

Residents Across the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Currently there are 140 residents in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, including residents in the following areas:

  • Categorical PGY1
  • Preliminary PGY1
  • PGY2
  • PGY3

Our Med-Peds program has 16 residents, and we have three Medical Genetics/Internal Medicine residents.

PGY1 Positions Available

We have the following PGY1 internal medicine residency positions available, including:

  • 24 Categorical positions
  • Four Med-Peds
  • 8 Prelim
  • One Internal Medicine-Genetics
  • Two Harrington Physician-Scientist Pathway
  • Six Center of Outpatient Education-Internal Medicine

Mentorship and the Resident Coaching Program

All house staff are assigned to one of the program directors or associate program directors who are designated to be that resident's Academic Advisor. In addition, all interns are assigned to one of the chief residents based on their interests to begin the mentoring program. The Academic Advisors and Chief Resident mentors assist residents in obtaining additional mentors based upon their career choice.

As part of our commitment to resident wellness, we started our Resident Coaching Program in 2016, led by Associate Program Directors, Dr. Simran Singh and Dr. Ronda Mourad. Categorical interns form a three-year longitudinal partnership with a trained faculty coach, distinct from their mentor or Academic Advisor, to assist with self-reflection, goal-setting and professional identity development. Based on the principles of positive psychology, the coaching process helps residents maximize their growth and recognize their full potential. Coaches also provide support for residents as they face personal stressors or career-related challenges.

Recently, our PGY2 and PGY3 residents also instituted a mentorship program, which focuses on communicating with new interns immediately following the match and helping with the transition into internship. We conduct an anonymous survey of our residents every year and ask focused questions on issues such as mentorship to make sure we are meeting the residents' needs and always improving the program.