Fellowships, Residencies & CME

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Internal Medicine Residency Program

For more than 75 years, the Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous and balanced approach to the training of internal medicine residents.

A Message from our Program Director

A message from Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, the program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more

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.

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.
  • Categorical | ABIM Research Pathway
    Track for careers in research-oriented academic medicine. Residents complete clinical training in two years as part of our Categorical Program followed by fellowship training in basic or clinical research.
  • 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 Primary Care 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 primary care 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
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lab of Computer Science
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Nephrology (Renal)
  • Rheumatology

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Curriculum

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 two 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:

Resources

The strength of the Mass General Internal Medicine Residency Program draws from the significant resources that our community provides. For more information about specific programs and benefits, please consult the links below.

Community

The strength of the Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency 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. For more information about our clinical and educational leadership and residency-related initiatives, please visit the links 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.

Directors

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE
Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

Physician in Chief, Department of Medicine

Stephen B. Calderwood, MD
Stephen B. Calderwood, MD

Associate Chief of Medicine for Education
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Kerri Palamara McGrath, MD
Kerri Palamara, MD

Director, Primary Care Program

Geren   Stone, MD, DTM&H
Geren Stone, MD, DTM&H

Director, Global Primary Care Program

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD,   MPH
Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH

Director, Multicultural Affairs

Associate Program Directors

Alaka Ray,   MD
Alaka Ray, MD

Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training

Ryan Thompson, MD
Ryan Thompson, MD

Associate Program Director for Health Policy and Quality Improvement

Kathleen Finn, MD
Kathleen Finn, MD

Associate Program Director for Inpatient Medicine

Jay Rajagopal, MD
Jay Rajagopal, MD

Associate Program Director for Basic Science
Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit

Deborah Wexler, MD, MSc.
Deborah Wexler, MD, MSc.

Associate Program Director for Basic Science
Endocrine Unit

Paul Currier, MD
Paul Currier, MD

Associate Program Director for Procedural Training
Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit

Kristin   Cox, MD
Kristin Cox, MD

Associate Program Director, Newton Wellesley Hospital

Beverly Biller, MD
Beverly Biller, MD

Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Fellowships
Director, MGH Endocrine Fellowship
Neuroendocrine Unit

Thomas Spitzer, MD
Thomas Spitzer, MD

Co-Chair, Internship Selection Committee

Firm Chiefs

Find more information on our Firm System here.

William Kormos, MD
William Kormos, MD

Primary Care
James Howard Means Firm

Nesli Basgoz, MD
Nesli Basgoz, MD

Infectious Disease Unit
James Jackson Firm

Thomas Spitzer, MD
Thomas Spitzer, MD

Co-Chair, Internship Selection Committee
Hematology/Oncology Unit
Walter Bauer Firm

Resident Life and Community

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.

Boston

Few cities can rival Boston for its cultural offerings, rich history, thriving intellectual life and wide range of recreational activities. Our own neighborhood, Beacon Hill, is one of the oldest and most charming sections of the city with 19th century brick row houses and tree-lined streets. This family-friendly neighborhood is known for its antique shops, specialty stores, fine restaurants and bars. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Charles River is only steps away and Mass General residents have subsidized access to sailing and kayaking all season long. Miles of well-maintained running paths follow the banks of the river out toward the western suburbs and are ideal for a scenic afternoon jog or bike ride. In addition, some of the best beaches and mountains on the east coast are only a short drive away.

Activities

Boston is a wonderful city to train in and is a perfect starting point to explore New England. Few cities can rival Boston for its cultural offerings, rich history, thriving intellectual life and wide range of recreational activities. Our own neighborhood, Beacon Hill, is one of the oldest and most charming sections of the city with 19th century brick row houses and tree-lined streets. This family-friendly neighborhood is known for its antique shops, specialty stores, fine restaurants and bars. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Charles River is only steps away and Mass General residents have subsidized access to sailing and kayaking all season long. Miles of well-maintained running paths follow the banks of the river out toward the western suburbs and are ideal for a scenic afternoon jog or bike ride. In addition, some of the best beaches and mountains on the east coast are only a short drive away.

Many of the cultural and social activities at Mass General are sponsored by the resident-run Humanities and Medicine Group. Recent events and meetings have included guided tours of local museums, Shakespeare in the Park and a book club. The biannual Coffee Houses are always among the most popular and well-attended events in the yearly schedule. On these occasions, residents and faculty perform music, sing, read poetry and exhibit photography and sculpture. Other resident groups have formed in recent years to bring together those with similar interests such as running events, and we always welcome new groups and ideas.

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.

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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-McGrath, 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.

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History

A Closer Look | Mass General History

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.

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CAREER TRACKS OF OUR RECENT ALUMNI


Report of Fellowship and Post-residency Career Placement 2000-2008 (pdf).

Careers & Alumni

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.

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
  • 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
  • Roman DeSanctis, Former Director of Clinical Cardiology, Mass General, and recipient of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization’s Trustees’ Medal

Careers

A majority of our program graduates enter post-graduate fellowship training programs but many enter medical practice following completion of the residency program.

Recent Post Graduate Placement of Categorical Graduates | 2005-2014

# Graduates Fellowship Percent
5 Allergy/Immunology 1
103 Cardiology 28
8 Endocrinology 2
33 Gastroenterology 9
3 General Medicine 1
67 Hematology/Oncology 18
34 Infectious Disease 9
2 Palliative Care 1
39 Pulmonary/Critical Care 11
14 Renal/Nephrology 4
9 Rheumatology 2
  Practice  
38 Hospital Practice 10
6 Internal Medicine 2
4 Management Consulting 1

Recent Post Graduate Placement of Primary Care Graduates | 2005-2014

# Graduates Fellowship Percent
1 Cardiology 2
2 Endocrinology 4
1 Gastroenterology 2
6 General Medicine 12
3 Hematology/Oncology 6
5 Infectious Disease 10
  Practice  
7 Administration 14
6 Hospital Medicine 12
3 Management Consulting 6
11 Primary Care Practice 22
4 Specialty Scholar Fellowships 8

How to Apply

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 October 1, 2015.

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2015-2016 Applicants

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST. Applicants will receive notification regarding interviews via email through ERAS in mid to late October.

Step 2 Test Results

Step 2 test results must be submitted no later than March 20, 2016.

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.

Interviews

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 2016-2017 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 #1261140M1 | Global Primary Care Track

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.

Internal Medicine Residency Program Information Related Links

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.

Observerships

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 mghvep@partners.org or call 617-726-8363.

Department of Medicine Residency Training Programs

Gray Bigelow 730
Department of Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-5820
Email: mghimresidency@partners.org
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Internal Medicine Residency Program - Detailed Contact Information
Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD
Program Director

Karen Bruynell, MM
Program Administrator

Categorical Program NRMP Number1261140C0Preliminary Program NRMP Number
1261140P0


Primary Care Program

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Bulfinch 130
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-7708
Fax: 617-726-3838
Contact Us

Kerri Palamara, MD
Associate Director of Residency Training
Director, Primary Care Program

Gina Nigro
Program Manager

Primary Care Program NRMP Number
1261140M0


Global Primary Care Program

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine
Center for Global Health
100 Cambridge St., 15th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-1215
Fax: 617-724-1637
Contact Us

Geren Stone, MD
Director, Global Primary Care Program

Jessica Kenney
Program Manager

Global Primary Care NRMP Number

1261140M1

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