Internal Medicine Residency
Our Internal Medicine residency program is a three-year training program that consists of 45 house officers and two chief residents. Our program is ACGME- and ABIM-certified as a categorical residency program.
Our residents have a significant role in shaping the curriculum. Monthly Resident Feedback Sessions ("Town Halls") with the Program Director ensures that we are meeting the educational and professional needs of our house staff. Our residents are also invited to completely review our Core Curriculum. This Core Curriculum, combined with conferences and Board Review lectures, ensures that our residents obtain a thorough knowledge of internal medicine principles. Our residents also review the program's annual Policies and Procedures Manual.
Two hospitals serve as the principal education centers for both inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences; the Nashville General Hospital at Meharry (NGH, an urban charity facility) and the Department of Veteran Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Alvin C. York Campus (VA). The residents spend approximately seven months at NGH and 5 months at the VA. Both facilities offer training by Board Certified internists and specialists. General medical floor and intensive care unit (medical and cardiac) experiences are available at both hospitals. There are also training opportunities in the medical subspecialties, as well as orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine, otolaryngology, gynecology, neurology, ophthalmology and outpatient psychiatry. A third facility, Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital, is a long-term care hospital offering a thorough introduction into geriatric medicine.
The program in Internal Medicine is closely associated with the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. Our residents are expected to supervise and teach third- and fourth-year medical students during their Internal Medicine rotations. The school's resources, such as an extensive digital medical library and computer system, are available to all of our residents 24 hours a day.
The Department of Internal Medicine has strengthened its commitment to performing high-quality research (with an emphasis on improving the care of minority patients). It is our goal to encourage all of our residents and students to participate in scholarly activities related to ongoing clinical trials. This renewed focus on research should allow us to cultivate among our residents an interest in careers in academia and life-long learning.
Meharry Medical College has entered into an Alliance with our neighbor, Vanderbilt University, allowing us to enhance the academic and research opportunities of our faculty and residents. A result of this partnership is the creation of fellowships in Cardiology, and Hematology/Oncology. The presence of fellows should improve the hands-on learning experience of our residents. The fellows will also serve as mentors and provide a vehicle for residents interested in choosing an academic career as a way to improve the care of indigent and minority patients.
Meharry Medical College's program in Internal Medicine offers a nurturing setting for our residents to be exposed to a broad range of patients at all stages of their illness (acute to chronic, ambulatory to nursing home), while participating in a stimulating academic environment.
The internal medicine residency training program is designed to help develop a fully rounded internist. Our objectives include, but are not limited to development of the following:
- Ability to generate a complete and accurate differential diagnosis list.
- Ability to write proper histories, progress notes and discharge summaries.
- Skills in the management of complex disease.
- Familiarity with all phases of a patient's care from continuity clinic to the ED to ward teams to the MICU/CCU.
- Ability to perform—and teach—a wide variety of procedures without assistance.
- Ability to work as a leader of the health care team. Ability to manage patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
- Ability to pass the ABIM Boards through an integrated series of review sessions and core lectures. Note: passage of USMLE Step 3 is a requirement for graduation.