Research and Mentoring - Internal Medicine Residency
Mentorship is an essential component for the success of our residents.
All incoming categorical interns meet with the associate program director for research and mentoring to discuss career pursuits.
Each intern is paired with a faculty member who provides guidance as the trainee develops and solidifies their career goals.
Additionally, we offer a series of workshops on how to apply for fellowships, the fellowship interview process, creating your CV, and securing a primary care or hospitalist position, among others.
Faculty and fellows facilitate resident engagement in research and take an active role in ensuring residents achieve their career goals
Ongoing communication between residents and faculty is highly valued and considered critical to our success. Residents receive feedback through our web-based evaluation system (MedHub) and evaluate their attendings and rotations. Through our Peer Evaluation System, senior residents and interns evaluate each other and receive feedback from their medical students. Residents meet with Dr. Wolfsthal in a formal semi-annual mentoring and feedback session where we review the resident's clinical performance, career interests, and educational goals for the coming year.
Residents planning a subspecialty fellowship engage in research during their training and receive close mentoring by faculty who have diverse clinical and research interests. The Department provides financial support for residents whose research is accepted for presentation at regional or national meetings. The spring meeting of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians is an annual showcase of the residents' research and clinical case reports. At each year's May meeting, over 30 residents present their research or clinical vignettes.
Several workshops are held throughout the year where residents learn principles of research design, IRB submission and basic statistics, and process workshops on strategies for applying to fellowships, creating an academic CV, and having a successful fellowship interview. During academic year 2021-2022, our residents published 56-peer-reviewed papers, 20 national and 32 regional abstracts, 6 multimedia publications, and 6 non-peer reviewed publications. See our Resident Bibliography for the full listing.
For those planning a career in primary care, residents have the opportunity to rotate in outpatient primary care practices on campus and in private practice settings. While our residents solidify their knowledge of chronic disease management in their subspecialty ambulatory exposure, we also encourage them to take rotations in fields outside of internal medicine -- including, but not limited to opioid use disorder, orthopedics and neurology. Residents interested in primary care have their continuity clinic in the Faculty Practice Offices and work alongside general medicine faculty in a private practice setting. Our Primary Care Chief Resident oversees the primary care content of the core curriculum, conferences and ambulatory rotations.
For residents seeking a career in hospital medicine we offer an expanded curriculum in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI), including the IHI modules (Institute for Healthcare Improvement), longitudinal individual and group projects, a PSQI elective and conferences on PSQI principles. Whether residents will be hospitalists, subspecialists or primary care physician, they benefit from these offerings. They take electives that emphasize inpatient medicine, such as general medical consultation, cardiology, infectious diseases, GI, and pulmonary medicine.
We offer an Elective in Hospital Medicine that exposes residents to medical consultation, quality assurance, utilization management, hospital administration and finance, and delivery of evidence based care in the inpatient setting. Additionally, we offer an elective in the Intermediate Care Unit. Under the supervision of academic hospitalist, resident become more comfortable with advanced non-invasive respiratory support, managing in-hospital emergencies, and utilizing ultrasound skills to guide clinical decision making. Under the guidance of our academic hospitalists and dedicated PSQI chief resident, our extensive curriculum in PSQI is incorporated into our Morbidity and Mortality Conference and core curriculum, with all residents participating in collaborative longitudinal QI projects. Residents interested in further pursuing a PSQI project and a deeper knowledge of PSQI may take the PSQI elective.
Residents with an interest in international health attend lectures and conferences in other departments and institutes on campus, including the Institute for Human Virology and the Center for Vaccine Development. They focus their Journal Club presentations and Senior Manuscript on international health, choose research projects in international or global health, and can participate in international rotations (currently limited during the pandemic). In the past, residents have traveled to Zambia, Haiti, Kenya and India. Limited funds are available through a special endowment to support resident travel abroad.