Internal Medicine Residency Program

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

Overview Our categorical, primary care, global primary care and preliminary year programs provide intensive exposure to the practice of internal medicine and prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers in medicine. Learn more about our programs:

We offer broad clinical experience across both inpatient and ambulatory settings, dedicated teaching faculty who are thought leaders in their fields, a strong camaraderie, house staff research opportunities and top-ranked fellowship and career placement. With these resources, the program enables house staff to develop excellent clinical skills while attaining long-term career goals.

Additional InformationFor more information about our programs, visit the Internal Medicine Residency Program on the Department of Medicine website.

Curriculum For more information about our curriculum, visit the Internal Medicine Residency Program curriculum section on the Department of Medicine website.

Our Faculty - Depth and Breadth

The Department of 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.

Program Leadership

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE
Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine

Stephen B. Calderwood, MD
Associate Chief of Medicine for Education
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Hasan Bazari, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Valerie Stone, MD, MPH
Director, Primary Care Program
Associate Chief, General Medicine Unit

Blair Fosburgh, MD
Associate Program Director
Director of Ambulatory Training

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH
Director, Multicultural Affairs

Geren Stone, MD
Director, Global Primary Care Program

Kathleen Finn, MD
Associate Program Director for Inpatient Medicine

Rocio Hurtado, MD, DTM&H
Associate Program Director for Global Health
Infectious Disease Unit

Marie DeMay, MD
Associate Program Director for Basic Science
Endocrine Unit

Deborah Wexler, MD, MSc.
Associate Program Director for Basic Science
Endocrine Unit

Paul Currier, MD
Associate Program Director for Procedural Training
Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit

Janet (Jodi) Larson, MD
Associate Program Director, Newton Wellesley Hospital

Beverly Biller, MD
Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Fellowships
Director, MGH Endocrine Fellowship
Neuroendocrine Unit
Firm Leadership in the Department of Medicine Residency Program

The MGH Firm System was established over two decades ago to enhance the quality of clinical teaching and build relationships between medical students, house officers, and attending staff. Now considered the "backbone" of teaching on the Ellison inpatient service, the system was named for former MGH Chiefs of Medicine James Howard Means, Walter Bauer, and James Jackson. Firm activities include teaching rounds, conferences, and one-on-one career guidance. The firm system provides continuity in teaching by clinician-educators committed to bedside teaching. The firm chiefs conduct rounds four times a week with their Ellison team where they meet and examine a patient at the bedside, then have a small group conference on the patient's disease presentation.

The firm system also offers access and exposure to the expertise of the medical staff. Attending physicians from subspecialty and general medicine units rotate monthly on these teams and lead teaching rounds in cooperation with the senior resident on the team. The firm system consistently receives enthusiastic support from medical students, house officers, and the attending staff. Many of the Department's firm chiefs and clinician-educators are also active in the Academy at Harvard Medical School, an effort that supports teaching faculty and the development of innovative educational approaches at Harvard Medical School and its affiliates.

Firm ChiefsLloyd Axelrod, MD
Diabetes Unit of the Endocrine Division
Director of Medical Grand Rounds
James Howard Means Firm

Nesli Basgoz, MD
Infectious Disease Unit
Fuller Albright Firm

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

Morton Swartz, MD
Associate Firm Chief
Infectious Disease Unit

Arnold Weinberg, MD
Associate Firm Chief
Infectious Disease Unit

Clinician Educator ServiceCommitted to innovative educational strategies, excellence in clinical care, and lifelong learning, the Department of Medicine established the Clinician Educator Service in 2005 to help supervise inpatient clinical care and to provide education and support for housestaff and medical students on the inpatient services at MGH. The clinician educators are all practicing academic hospitalists who are part of the core teaching faculty of the Department of Medicine and have full-time academic appointments at Harvard Medical School. Each member of the group attends on the Bigelow Service an average of 16 weeks annually, the Medicine Consult Service for 8-12 weeks per year, and the Ellison Service for 4-8 weeks per year.

During the past two years the group has developed and implemented a formal consultation curriculum for residents rotating on the Medicine Consult Service. Since 2007, the group has provided a two week elective rotation devoted to clinical education for residents interested in this specific career pathway.

In addition to the inpatient wards at Mass General, the clinician educators teach in other educational venues including pre-clinical Harvard Medical School courses, didactic programs, and Continuing Medical Education courses. During the months when individual clinician educators are not on service, members of the group pursue scholarly projects, curriculum development, and systems issues for the inpatient service. All of these efforts are open to resident participation. The group also has a very active internal academic program which includes Academic Hospitalists Journal Club, Physical Diagnosis Review, Academic Hospitalists Case Conference, and Education/Development Conference. Residents are welcome to attend these conferences as well.

Our Clinician EducatorsVictor Chiappa, MD
Cynthia Cooper-Worobey, MD
Kathleen Finn, MD
Daniel Hunt, MD FACP
Kristian Olson, MD, MPH
J. Carl Pallais, MD
Alberto Puig, MD, PhD
Douglas Wright, MD, PhD

Resident Life and Community For more information about our resident life and community, visit the Internal Medicine Residency Program community section on the Department of Medicine website.


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

Careers & Alumni

Over the past five decades, graduates of the medical residency programs at Mass General 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
  • 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
  • Samuel O. Thier, Former President and CEO, Partners HealthCare


How to Apply

Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). U.S. 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, 2014.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. As part of the ERAS application, we require:

  • 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 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.

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.

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 upcoming 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 #1261140M1 | Global Primary Care Track (4 years in duration)

To apply to the Harvard MGH Med/Peds Program, consult the Harvard MGH Med-Peds Website.


Department of Medicine Residency Training Programs

Gray Bigelow 740
Department of Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-5820
Fax: 617-724-7441
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Internal Medicine Residency Program - Detailed Contact Information
Hasan Bazari, MD
Program Director

Karen Bruynell, MM
Program Administrator

Categorical Program NRMP Number1261140C0Preliminary Program NRMP Number

Primary Care Program

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
Director, Primary Care Program

Gina Nigro
Program Manager

Primary Care Program NRMP Number

Global Primary Care Program

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
Global Primary Care Program

Jessica Kenney
Program Manager
Global Primary Care Program

Global Primary Care NRMP Number



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