What is the diversity of your residents and where did they go for medical school?

We are very proud that our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and schools. The current first year class represents numerous medical schools from the mid-Atlantic, northeast, southeast, southwest and mid-west. Occasionally, we have residents from the Pacific Northwest and California. Approximately 25-30% of each class has graduates from the University of Maryland School of Medicine with 55% percent women. Ten percent of our residents are African-American, 30% are Asian-Pacific Islander and 5% are Hispanic.

How many residents do you have in each track and year of training?

For 2018-2019, we have 158 residents in the Department of Medicine plus 5 full-time chief residents who have already completed their residency training - 2 University/VA chiefs, a primary care chief resident, a chief resident specializing in patient safety and quality improvement, and a chief resident at Mercy Medical Center. We also have a chief resident in their final year of training in Med-Peds and EMIM. There are 97 categorical, 16 Med-Peds, and 10 EMIM residents, plus 35 preliminary interns (17 at University, 18 at Mercy Medical Center). The following chart shows the number of residents in each year of the training program by track. In addition, we have 8 preliminary interns who are part of the anesthesiology program at the University of Maryland.

Track PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4 PGY-5 Total
Categorical Medicine 30 30 30 - - 90
Med-Peds 4 4 4 4 - 16
EMIM 2 2 2 2 2 10
International Scholars (categorical) 2 3 2 - - 7
International Scholars (preliminary) 3 - - - - 3
Preliminary, including 6 Prelim-Neuro 14 - - - - 14
Preliminary (Mercy Medical Center) 18 - - - - 18
TOTAL 73 39 38 6 2 158

Do you have mentoring for residents with different interests?

We 4 mentoring areas for career development at Maryland -- Fellowship, Hospital Medicine, Primary Care and Global Health. Each has faculty mentors who lead the group in curriculum development, seminars, workshops, elective choices and career counseling. 

  1. For those interested in a subspecialty fellowship, you are mentored through several consult and research electives to enhance your exposure to these areas and build your academic CV as you apply for a fellowship position. We also have an ABIM Research Pathway for residents interested in a career as a physician scientist. You can find more information about this track at ABIM Research Pathway.
  2. Residents interested in either primary care or hospital medicine take electives specific to these areas. For example, residents who will enter primary care take electives in rheumatology, orthopedics, dermatology, endocrinology, women's health and ENT, among other. Residents who will become hospitalists take electives in critical care procedures, a variety of inpatient subspecialties, medical consultation service, and our hospitalist elective.  In the latter pathway, residents receive additional training in patient safety and quality improvement -- a valuable skill for the practice of hospitalist medicine. Residents interested in international medicine and infectious diseases have a special group of faculty mentors with extensive experience in these fields.
  3. For those interested in global health, and through the Institute for Human Virology and the Center for Vaccine Development, residents can engage in research and clinical electives both on our campus and at international sites.
  4. Our academic mentoring program pairs each resident is paired with a faculty member with similar interests who helps the resident choose the appropriate curricular elements and research or QI projects to ensure their success. Residents have a great deal of flexibility to either take only the components within a pathway or broaden their exposure by choosing elements from any of the tracks.

What is your wellness program for residents?

The well-being of our residents is very important to us. Ensuring a balance between work and personal life, and coping with the inevitable stress that comes with caring for patients is addressed in a variety of ways.  We have partnered with the Center for Integrative Medicine to have a monthly series on wellness topics, such as nutrition, stress management, exercise, meditation, chair yoga and fatigue management. The visiting service dogs were a huge favorite.  We have a beautiful new resident lounge that has comfortable furniture, computers and a big screen TV. 

To help residents find time for doctor's appointments, errands and other personal issues, we provide them with four personal wellness 1/2-days off (in addition to regularly scheduled days off and vacation time). Through RISE - Resilience in Stressful Events - skilled counselors help teams and individual residents cope with adverse patient events as the "second victim."

The chief residents are diligent in accommodating accommodate resident requests for days off so they can attend special events in their lives. The chiefs make themselves totally available and their office door is always open. Residents stop by throughout the day to chat while having coffee, tea and snacks.  The Week in Review gives residents a Friday email wrap-up of what's happening in the program -- both academically and socially.

A Wellness Committee schedules a variety of events for the residents, including service and volunteer activities in the community, baseball games (Go O's!), happy hours and recreational sports. The GME Office orchestrates events through the House Staff Association with four big events throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the annual Valentine's Day Ball at the B&O Museum.