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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 have an established 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.

This year, we added our Hospitalist Track, which provides additional training in hospital medicine skills, particularly in the areas of leadership and quality improvement.

Interns decide if they want to participte in the Research Track in December of their intern year. They then do the curriculum during the ambulatory time in the second half of the year.

In the Spring, interns and second-year residents are asked to sign up for the Hospitalist or Medical Educator Track. 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 theri careers after residency.