Explore the Categorical Program

Overview

The three-year Mass General Categorical Program is purposely designed to build skills. In each year you develop a skill set that is then applied to help you stretch and achieve additional skills the following year. The PGY-1 (intern) year focuses on clinical skill and team building. PGY-2 (Junior/JAR) year adds leadership building to teamwork and advanced clinical skills in ICU settings. The PGY-3 (Senior/SAR) year teaches you to manage at a systems level and prepares you for your future careers. Given the fundamental importance of education, teaching skills are interwoven throughout all three years.

Program Structure

Intern Year

Interns in the Categorical Program learn the basics of patient evaluation and management through a combination of inpatient, ambulatory and elective rotations. This is enhanced by additional learning experience such as simulation, didactics and guidance from mentors, firm chiefs, chief residents and program leadership.

While each categorical intern’s schedule may vary, the following provides an overview of the core rotations for the year:

General Medicine (Bigelow-Flex) 3 months
Ambulatory Rotations 1.5 months
Ambulatory Electives 1.5 months
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Community Hospital Experience
1 month
Oncology
Leukemia, Lymphoma Myeloma or Solid Onc
1 month
Medical Intensive Care Unit 1 month
Emergency Department 0.5 month
Pathways
Deeper Dive into the science of “Why”
0-0.5 month
Electives
Career Exploration
0.5 month
Back Up – Self Design 0.5 month
Vacation 1 month

 

Junior Year

The junior year teaches core principles of leadership by focusing on leading inpatient teams on the Bigelow-Flex Service, where you supervise patient care and provide education for interns and medical students. Significant time is also spent in the cardiology and medical intensive care units where you acquire advanced clinical skills. More elective time affords junior residents the opportunity to explore clinical subspecialties and research interests, as well as possible international experiences.

While each categorical junior resident’s schedule may vary, the following provides an overview of the core rotations for the year:

General Medicine (Bigelow-Flex)
Team Leader
1.5 months
Ambulatory Rotations 1.5 months
Ambulatory Electives 1.5 months
Cardiac Step-Down Unit
Cardiology and Critical Care Training
0.5-1 month
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Cardiology and Critical Care Training
1 month
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Critical Care Training
1 month
Emergency Department 0.5 month
Night Floats 1 month
Pathways
Deeper Dive into the science of “Why”
0-0.5 month
Electives
Career Exploration
2 months
Back Up – Self Design 0.5-1 month
Vacation 1 month

Senior Year

The senior year of residency is weighted toward hospital-wide leadership roles, including the intensive care and oncology units, the code team and the community hospital. Considerable time is spent providing education for junior residents, interns and medical students. Seniors also spend several weeks as medical consultants for the surgical and other non-medical services. Substantial elective time during the senior year is available to allow the pursuit of research opportunities and for career preparation. Many choose to arrange an international experience.

While each categorical senior resident’s schedule may vary, the following provides an overview of the core rotations for the year:

Night Teach
Overnight Teaching & Supervision
1-1.5 months
Ambulatory Rotations 1.5 months
Ambulatory Electives 1.5 months
Cardiac Step-Down Unit
Team Leader
0.5 month
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Team Leader
0.5 month
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Team Leader
0.5 month
Senior On (Triage)
Hospital Leader: Run Codes, Manage Acutely Ill, Triage Patients
1-1.5 months
Medical Consultation 0.5 month
Oncology
Team Leader
0.5-1 month
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Team Leader
1 month
Electives
Career Preparation
2 months
Back Up – Self Design 1 month
Vacation 1 month

Resident Development

While each resident’s growth and development is unique, the Categorical Program at Mass General is designed to help each resident gain skills that will set them up for a successful leadership career in medicine. Mass General resident development follows a roadmap with each year designed to teach fundamental skills that builds on themselves.

Core Skills Taught Each Year

Resident development follows a road map, with each year of the Categorical Program designed to teach fundamental skills that build upon the previous year. Residents also benefit from guidance offered by various mentors, coaches and colleagues.


Application process

All applications for the Categorical Program are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). All interested applicants should select the Mass General Categorical Program (NRMP # #1261140C0) on their ERAS application. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020, midnight EST. All invitations to interview will be granted no later than November 30, 2020.

With multiple tracks available within the Internal Medicine Residency Program, we encourage applicants to explore the different opportunities available and apply to the program(s) that best match your interests. Applicants interested in the Categorical Program can simultaneously apply for the Global Medicine and/or Primary Care programs. Your application will be reviewed by screeners in each program you have selected.

If you are interested in the Physician Scientist Program (PSP), please review their application details. While PSP interns match into the Categorical Program, their applications are considered separately.

Full application details can be found here.

Faculty and Staff

Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD
Program Director

Gabby Mills
Director of Residency Administration

Libby Cunningham 
Residency Program Manager

Diane Ford
Ambulatory Program Manager

Zak Zahn
Program Coordinator

Paula Prout
Administrative Assistant

Ali Castle, MD; Rashmi Jasrasaria, MD; Arielle Medford, MD; & Jonathan Salik, MD
Chief Residents

The full list of associate program directors, firm chiefs and core educators can be found here.