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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Specialized tracks to meet each resident’s educational needs and goals


In addition to the Categorical Program , we have a longstanding Primary Care Program  (since 1979) with specialized training in ambulatory medicine competencies.  In 2005, with a prestigious grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, we opened a track for residents interested in caring for urban underserved populations – the TEACH Program  – which has been very successful.

In 2005, we pioneered a structured Research Curriculum for all interns, one of the only IM programs in the country to do so.  This year, we are renaming it the Research Track  (RT).  Any intern can elect to participate in our Intern Research Block (during the second half of the year), which prepares them for elective research blocks in their second and third years. The RT residents gain structured research experience and individualized mentoring with feedback on their projects.  Many work with subspecialty research mentors in their area of fellowship interest.  This structured curriculum has been instrumental to residents accomplishing scholarly activity and publications, which makes them much stronger fellowship applicants. It also helps them decide whether to pursue a scientific career in the long term.

We are currently starting a Medical Education Track  (MET), which includes supplemental training and mentorship experiences for residents seeking a clinician-educator career. While all residents attend advanced teaching skills seminars in their R1 and R2 years (based upon the Stanford Faculty Development Program), the MET residents receive expanded teaching skills training.

In 2014, we plan on adding a Hospitalist Track focusing on hospital medicine skills, leadership, and quality improvement.

Interns generally select tracks in the latter part of internship, which allows tailoring of their training over the following 2 years.  These tracks are not mutually exclusive, and residents may elect to participate in several during their residency. Again, our goal is to set residents up for success in their careers after residency.