At Massachusetts General Hospital, the Department of Medicine categorical, primary care, global primary care and preliminary year residency training programs provide intensive exposure to the practice of internal medicine and prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers in medicine.
"I chose Mass General because I knew it would give me one of the broadest, most in-depth clinical experiences and allow me to be true to who I am while doing right by my patients. Always."
- Henrietta Afari, MD
Internal Medicine resident
The Categorical Program and the Primary Care Program are three-year programs that provide core clinical training in internal medicine and meet the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Completion of either program qualifies the candidate as board-eligible in internal medicine. The principal difference between Mass General’s Categorical and the Primary Care Programs is the amount of time allocated to training and education in the ambulatory setting. Candidates may apply to any or all of our programs, but will complete one.
We offer broad clinical experience across both inpatient and ambulatory settings, dedicated teaching faculty who are leaders in their fields, a strong camaraderie, resident research opportunities and top-ranked fellowship and career placement. With these resources, the program enables residents to develop excellent clinical skills while attaining long-term career goals.
Consult the following links for more information about each program:
- Categorical Program
Provides residents with standard-setting health care training in a wide variety of rotations and leadership roles.
- Stanbury Physician-Scientist Pathway
Pathway for careers in research-oriented academic medicine. Trainees have the option of completing residency in two years as part of our Categorical Program followed by clinical fellowship and further research training.
- Primary Care Program
Trains residents to provide comprehensive care for patients, including excellent ongoing primary care of patients and inpatient care for acutely ill patients. Primary care residents serve on inpatient general medical teams, as well as spend nearly 40% of clinical training time in outpatient settings.
- Global Medicine Program
An ACGME-approved, three-year multidisciplinary residency in internal medicine, followed by a one-year clinical fellowship and faculty development program that integrates the principles and practice of global health and care for vulnerable populations in order to develop future leaders to advance health equity and strengthen health systems in the United States and around the world.
- Preliminary Program
Training in primary care for interns completing a preliminary year before moving on to other specialties.
- Medicine-Pediatrics Program
A four-year training program in general internal medicine and pediatrics. Residents in this program rotate through the Mass General internal medicine and pediatric residencies and are essential members of both programs. The goal of the Harvard Mass General Program is to afford outstanding clinical training in both internal medicine and pediatrics, while fostering development in research and community service.
Fellowships at Mass General
After completing training in internal medicine, many of our graduates continue their training in medical subspecialties - either at Mass General or other institutions. Mass General offers fellowship training across a wide spectrum of medical subspecialties including:
- Allergy and Immunology
- General Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- Lab of Computer Science
- Palliative Care
- Pulmonary and Critical Care
- Nephrology (Renal)
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is structured to train thoughtful and independent physicians who are prepared for diverse careers in medicine. The principal strength of the Mass General program is the significant time devoted to direct inpatient and outpatient care in a manner which promotes both meaningful responsibility and appropriate supervision. On the inpatient rotation, residents alternate through general medicine services, intensive care units, the Emergency Department and consultation services. Outpatient education is provided by the ambulatory care rotation (ACR), ambulatory subspecialty rotation (ASR) and a weekly continuity clinic.
Experience gained from patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings is complemented by daily and weekly conferences which range from formal didactic lectures to case-based interactive discussions. Electives provide time for residents to pursue other interests in medical subspecialties, research and self-designed rotations. A wide spectrum of basic and clinical research is conducted every year by Mass General residents and countless opportunities are available at Mass General and throughout the rest of the Harvard community. For those with an interest in international health, the Global Health Program complements traditional training with international health experiences.
More information about our curriculum can be found on the following page links below:
- Inpatient Rotations
- Outpatient Medicine
- Continuity Practice Sites
- Tools of Human Investigation (THI)
- Global Health
The strength of the Mass General Internal Medicine Residency Program draws from the significant resources that our community provides. For more information about benefits, please consult the link below.
Our Faculty - Depth and Breadth
The Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program provides educational opportunities for residents that draw from the expertise of hundreds of active clinicians, physician-scientists and investigators. The firm system, our clinician educator service and the leadership of our chief residents provide residents with an educational support system that encourages them to seek mentorship and pursue educational opportunities to best enhance their own time in training. Faculty with a formal programmatic role in the residency program appear below.
The strength of the program draws from the significant diversity of interests and activities of both residents and faculty. We bring our unique perspectives together with the common goal of making residency at Mass General an enjoyable, enriching and educational experience. Learn more about our clinical and educational leadership and residency-related initiatives:
Physician in Chief, Department of Medicine
Associate Chief of Medicine for Education
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director, Primary Care Program
Director, Global Primary Care Program
Director, Multicultural Affairs
Associate Program Directors
Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training
Associate Program Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Associate Program Director for Inpatient Medicine
Associate Program Director for Basic Science
Associate Program Director for Clinical and Translational Research
Associate Program Director for Preliminary Medicine
Associate Program Director for Procedural Training
Associate Program Director, Newton Wellesley Hospital
Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Fellowships
Director, MGH Endocrine Fellowship
Co-Chair, Internship Selection Committee
Co-Chair, Internship Selection Committee
Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). United States medical students should contact their Dean's Office for access to the ERAS system. You must go through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply to our program. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.
The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016 at midnight EST. Because we personally review every application, including the dean’s letters, our screening process tends to run later than other programs. All invitations to interview will be granted no later than October 30, 2016.
Step 2 Test Results
Step 2 test results must be submitted no later than March 20, 2017.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. As part of the ERAS application, we require a total of 4 letters:
- Letter from your medical school Dean (the Dean's letter)
- Letter from the Department of Medicine chair or clerkship director
- Two additional letters from individuals who can assess your skills and abilities (typically faculty members with whom you have worked in clinical or research settings)
While will accept additional letters of recommendation, a maximum of four letters can be transmitted through ERAS. If you would like to send additional letters, do so using the contact information on the right of the page.
Selection for interview is based on a number of factors, including academic and clinical performance, particularly in medicine rotations.
All PGY-1 positions for the 2017-2018 academic year for this program are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We do NOT offer pre-match positions.
The Internal Medicine NRMP numbers for Match participation are:
- NRMP #1261140C0 | Categorical Track (3 year traditional, ABIM Research Pathway)
- NRMP #1261140P0 | Preliminary Track (1 year in duration)
- NRMP #1261140M0 | Primary Care Track (3 years in duration)
- NRMP #1261140P1 | Neuro-Preliminary Track (1 year in duration)
- NRMP #1261140C1 | Global Medicine Track (3 years in duration)
To apply to the Harvard Mass General Med/Peds Program, consult the Harvard Mass General Med-Peds Website.
International Medical Graduates
International medical graduates (IMGs) must apply for residency through ERAS by contacting the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). IMGs should also consult our webpage for IMGs before applying.
Away Rotations and Observerships
Away Rotations (for medical students)
If you are a medical student wishing to do an away rotation for credits at Mass General, this may be arranged through the Harvard Medical School Registrar's Office.
The Department of Medicine does not offer observerships. However, if you wish to participate in an observership, please contact the Mass General Visitors Education Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-726-8363.
Department of Medicine Residency Training Programs
Gray Bigelow 730
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD
Karen Bruynell, MM
Categorical Program NRMP Number
Preliminary Program NRMP Number
Primary Care Program
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Kerri Palamara, MD
Associate Director of Residency Training
Director, Primary Care Program
Primary Care Program NRMP Number
Global Primary Care Program
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine
Center for Global Health
100 Cambridge St., 15th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Geren Stone, MD
Director, Global Primary Care Program
Global Primary Care NRMP Number
Residency can be an intense and challenging experience, but is also likely to be one of the most rewarding periods of a physician’s life. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program is deeply invested in it its residents and strives to ensure that residents have time for meaningful growth in both their professional and personal lives.
2016-2017 Internal Medicine Residency Classes
Life as a Resident
Community Outreach Program (COP)
The Community Outreach Program (COP) is a volunteer effort founded and coordinated by residents interested in providing needed service within the community, enhancing collegiality and relationships among residents, and building relationships with local communities, shelters and charitable organizations. Participating residents organize service projects throughout the year. Residents prepare and serve meals at local homeless shelters, participate in fundraisers for charitable organizations, and organize resident participation in races and contests that support charitable causes.
Personal and Family Time
For residency to be truly meaningful, it is important to have time for family and friends and to pursue different interests, or simply have time for reflection. While a resident schedule can be challenging, we recognize our residents have lives outside of the hospital.
Vacation and Holiday Blocks
In addition to four weeks of vacation time each year for all residents, each junior and senior resident also gets a five-day holiday block off (i.e., Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or the Jewish High Holidays).
Diversity & Inclusion
Led by Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, the Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program works closely with the Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to attract and advance the careers of under-represented in medicine (URM) students, physicians and researchers, as well as to develop culturally competent physicians. We believe this mission is essential for providing our patients with the very best health care and for improving the health of the diverse communities we serve. The Residency Program and CDI have designed mentorship and career development programs for residents during their training at Mass General. The CDI also sponsors welcoming receptions and networking opportunities to enhance the work environment and build community. The CDI Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) promotes the mentorship and development of URM residents and fellows at Mass General. The RFC sponsors opportunities to network, develop careers and become involved in the communities of Harvard and Boston.
- Diversity and Inclusion at Mass General for DOM Internal Medicine Residency Applicants
- Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion Resident and Fellow Committee
- Mass General Disparities Research Unit
- Mass General Disparities Solutions Center
- Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement
- Mass General LGBT Employee Resource Group
Women in Internal Medicine at Mass General
The Mass General Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program supports and facilitates the advancement of female physicians-in-training with the aim of creating future women leaders in medicine. Women play a key role in the leadership of the residency program starting with Katrina Armstrong, MD, who serves as the physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine, Kerri Palamara, MD, director of the Primary Care Program, as well as several women faculty serving as associate program directors.
The Mass General Department of Medicine Women in Medicine Group provides a formal space for female medical residents to meet with fellows and faculty to discuss important issues to women physicians such as work-family balance, mentorship, gender equity and career development, with the overall goal to strengthen the contribution of women in the Department of Medicine as well as in the field of medicine as a whole.
The oldest and largest teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Mass General was chartered in 1811, admitted its first patients in 1821 and today records close to one million visits to inpatient and outpatient facilities annually. With more than 16,000 employees, including 3,500 physicians and researchers, Mass General conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. The Mass General patient population is extremely diverse. Patients from nearby communities are served by Mass General affiliated health centers and use Mass General as their community hospital. At the same time, patients travel to Mass General from across the country and around the world attracted by our international reputation as a leader in research and clinical care.
Getting to Know Boston
Boston is an amazingly diverse city, known for both its historical attractions and its rich cultural offerings. While it’s almost impossible to distill all that Boston has to offer into a single day, if you only have 24 hours in Boston, here are a few recommendations for can’t-miss historical, cultural and culinary activities!
- Freedom Trail: The famous Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route (demarcated by a continuous red-brick line) that wends its way through the heart of historical Boston. Starting in Boston Common and ending at the USS Constitution, the Freedom Trail will transport you back to 18th-century Boston. You will see, among other things: Faneuil Hall,the Old North Church(where Paul Revere hung his famous lanterns), the site of the Boston Massacre, and the peak of Bunker Hill, where the famous 1775 battle was fought (NB: for all you American history buffs out there, the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on neighboring Breed’s Hill, but hey, close enough, right?)
- Fenway Park: Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the U.S. and offers stadium tours year-round (even when the Sox aren’t playing). If you haven’t been, this is a Boston must!
- Museum of Fine Arts: One of the largest museums in the United States. Be sure to see the wonderful collection of Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt oil paintings
- Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum: Gorgeous art collection housed in a beautiful mansion with an outdoor courtyard that often hosts concerts and outdoor events
- Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO): One of the best orchestras in the world, the BSO performs year-round at Symphony Hall in Back Bay
Park and Outdoor Activities
- The Fens: Urban wilderness park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also designed Central Park in NYC)
- Charles River Esplanade: A great place for a bike/run/walk after a long interview day. Maybe even rent a kayak and go paddling on the Charles!
This list is a selection of restaurants recommended by our residents; the list is not exhaustive by any means but it's a great introduction to Boston food. Bon appétit!
- El Pelon: Famous taqueria, very fast/cheap
- Island Creek Oyster Bar: Phenomenal oysters and fresh seafood
- Myers and Chang: Probably the most famous Chinese restaurant in the city
- Beehive: Live music, excellent brunch
- Artu: Small, intimate Italian
- Anna’s Taqueria: Famous burrito chain in Boston, great for a quick meal
- Figs: Phenomenal artisanal pizza
- 75 Chestnut: Intimate setting with excellent American fare, great for an impromptu date
- Select Oyster Bar: New, hip oyster bar with a great selection of beers and ciders
- Toro: Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in Boston; excellent tapas
- Trattoria Di Monica: famous Italian-style lunch sandwiches
- The Daily Catch: Fresh Italian seafood. A well-known spot so get there early
- Border Café: Great Mexican food
Cocktails and Drinks
- The Hawthorne (Fenway): One of Boston’s newest, trendiest bars
- Alibi at the Liberty Hotel (Beacon Hill): Classy hotel bar with beautiful outdoor seating area
- The Tip Tap Room (Beacon Hill): Amazing selection of artisanal beers
- Boston Beer Works (Fenway): Directly next to Fenway Park, perfect for hanging out while watching a Red Sox game/sports event
Dancing and Music
- Clerys (Back Bay): Fun, casual dance venue
- Howl at the Moon (Financial District): Dueling piano bar
Over the past five decades, graduates of the Internal Medical Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital have led distinguished careers in medicine, science and society. This record of achievement is a testament to the remarkable quality of the training programs that foster a profound spirit of learning, scholarship and accomplishment. A majority of our program graduates enter post-graduate fellowship training programs but many enter medical practice following completion of the residency program. The James Jackson Society is the Department of Medicine's alumni organization and encompasses all current faculty, as well as current and former trainees affiliated with the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Primary Care Graduates
Primary Care Program graduates have become leaders in academic general internal medicine as well as primary care practice. They pursue careers in clinical practice combined with medical education, research, health care administration and community leadership roles. The Primary Care Program has no one model for a successful career in general internal medicine. While many graduates go on to obtain additional training in health services research, clinical epidemiology, geriatrics, public health, health policy or health care management, others continue directly into primary care practice or general internal medicine faculty positions.
Some of our notable graduates include
- J. Michael Bishop, 1989 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein, 1985 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine
- Mandy Cohen, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- N. Anthony Coles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yumanity Therapeutics and Former President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals
- Roman DeSanctis, Former Director of Clinical Cardiology, Mass General, and recipient of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization’s Trustees’ Medal
- Gerald Edelman,1972 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Lee Goldman, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University
- Jennifer Leaning, Director, Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
- George R. Minot, 1934 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Ferid Murad, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Dean Ornish, Best-selling author, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
- Kenneth I. Shine, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, The University of Texas. Founding Director of the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security. Former Director of the Institutes of Medicine
- Eve Slater, Senior Vice President for Policy, Pfizer, and Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Peter Slavin, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Ralph M. Steinman, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Samuel O. Thier, Former President and CEO, Partners HealthCare
A majority of our program graduates enter post-graduate fellowship training programs but many enter medical practice following completion of the residency program.
Categorical Program Graduates
Primary Care Program Graduates