The focus of the Internal Medicine Residency Program is on making sure that residents can maximize their elective time to meet their personal educational and professional goals. Residents can use elective time to explore career interests, develop greater skill in a particular clinical area, connect with mentors, or advance their work in research, medical education, advocacy or community health.

Dr. Julia Maheshwari

"Each role within residency at Mass General teaches me new ways in which to shape and direct the care of our patients. Through these experiences, I am provided with the skills and opportunities to become a focused team leader, ready to guide care within our hospital and in my future career.”

 - Julia Maheshwari, MD 
   Categorical resident

In addition to traditional elective offerings by individual divisions–cardiology, hematology-oncology, palliative care, gastroenterology, hepatology, infectious diseases, pulmonology and nephrology–the Internal Medicine Residency Program offers a diversity of added clinical, community and classroom-based electives driven by residents’ interests. If a particular interest is not represented by the elective offerings, residents have the option of a self-design elective block.

Examples of some of our special focused electives include:

  • Women’s Health
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Inpatient Addiction Medicine
  • Medical Writing
  • Research
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology

Community-based electives

  • Elective with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health
  • Correctional Health
  • Advocacy

Classroom-based electives

  • Resident as Teacher
  • Pulmonary/Physiology

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