Internal Medicine Residents
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 its residents and strives to ensure that residents have time for meaningful growth in both their professional and personal lives.
In addition to the core educational components of the residency program, residents are encouraged to explore the many resident-led initiatives available. These efforts are typically founded and coordinated by residents with the goals of addressing a need within the community, enhancing resident education, and promoting collegiality and relationships among residents.
2020-2021 Resident-led Initiatives and Interest Groups
- Center for Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
- Chelsea Crimson Care Collaborative
- Committee for Gender and Sexual Diversity
- Education Council
- Global Health Interest Group
- Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
- Jackson Society
- Leadership Curriculum
- Lunch Committee
- MGH Asylum Clinic
- MGH Housestaff Innovation Studio
- MGH Immigrant Health Coalition
- NWH Chiefs
- Onc Book editors
- Pathways Steering Committee
- Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) program
- Q&S Leadership
- Recruitment Chairs
- Recruitment Interview Panel
- Red Book (CCU) Editors
- Residents Interested in Medical Education (RIME)
- SIM Chiefs
- Social Justice & Advocacy Coalition
- Social Media Committee
- Swartz Initiative
- White Book Editors
- Women in Medicine Trainee's Council
For residency to be truly meaningful, it is important to have time for maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends, pursuing outside hobbies and interests, and reflecting on successes and challenges. With many demands on a resident's time, our program recognizes that residents have lives outside of the hospital. To continually support this balance, we schedule one half-day of personal well-being time on ambulatory and elective blocks to help residents schedule essential obligations, such as doctor and dental appointments. We also work to support residents attending more urgent and/or recurring appointments as needed during inpatient blocks. Our program facilitates end-of-rotation dinners for inpatient teams, reflection sessions with trusted leaders, residency-wide arts and humanities events, and celebrations for major milestones including intern orientation, holidays and graduation. We have an annual resident-run Wellness Week featuring opportunities to experience new activities that promote physical, social and emotional well-being. There is a social group for significant others of residents to create space for connecting and sharing experiences.
Through major life events, such as marriage, childbirth and family emergencies, the program is committed to supporting each resident in the best possible way. For example, the program creates a supportive environment for parents by developing a personalized parental leave plan for each resident, helping to arrange coverage for prenatal appointments and supporting residents who encounter intra- or postpartum complications. (More details provided in Resources and Benefits section.)
Our coaching program is designed to promote a culture of well-being by allowing residents time to reflect, process their experiences, set goals, recognize their accomplishments and connect with the parts of their work that bring them meaning and purpose. All residents are assigned a faculty coach outside of their field of interest to create a safe space for these discussions.
Resident Resources and Benefits
Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to providing premier benefits to our Internal Medicine Residency Program participants.
Each Massachusetts General Hospital internal medicine resident is appointed as a Resident in Medicine at Mass General and a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, providing access to resources across both systems.
Professional Benefits and Resources
- Medical, dental, vision and disability insurance offered by the hospital at a reduced rate
- Malpractice insurance coverage by the hospital
- Assistance in managing initial costs of rental housing (Mass General Brigham Lease Guaranty Program)
- Subsidized parking and preferred access to selected parking facilities on the main campus or satellite facilities
- Facilities for parking and storage of bicycles
- Personalized white coat
- Outpatient clinic business cards
- Lunch every weekday at noon conference
- 9:00 pm evening meals covered by the hospital
- Meal cards for weekend and holiday on-call coverage
- House staff intranet for residency-specific information.
- SafeRide transportation program for those who commute by car
- Department computer room 24 hours / 7 days a week
- Resident lounge 24 hours / 7 days a week
- Gender-specific on-call sleep rooms 24 hours / 7 days a week
- Internet from all hospital computers and VPN remote access
Educational and Professional Development Resources
- Harvard Medical School Countway Library
- Mass General Treadwell Library
- Mentoring and career advising opportunities within the Mass General Brigham community
- Massachusetts Medical Society membership
- ACP Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) board certification study guides as senior residents
- Reduced membership rates at the nearby Charles River Park Health Club
- Nearby child care options available with the Mass General Children's Center including backup child care in an emergency
- Mass General partnership with Parents in a Pinch for in-home childcare options
Parental Leave Policy
The DOM is committed to a supportive environment for all parents, including developing a personalized parental leave plan for each resident, helping to arrange coverage for prenatal appointments and supporting residents who encounter intra- or postpartum complications. The DOM Residency follows the Partners GME Parental Leave Guidelines (PDF), which include 8 weeks of leave with salary continuance for the birth or adoption of a child, with ability to extend to 12 weeks by using vacation time. In addition, whenever possible, the DOM plans 4 weeks of a “soft landing” on ambulatory rotations or elective after leave ends to ease the transition. The DOM parental leave complies with the ABIM leave policies and extension of training is not required.
The Massachusetts General Hospital first opened the doors of its historic Bulfinch Building to patients in 1821 after a petition was signed by the Massachusetts legislature in 1811 to create a general hospital which would serve Boston’s poor and ill. In the now-famous Circular Letter written in 1810, Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren called the city to action by stating that “when in distress every man becomes our neighbor”. In 1830, the hospital appointed a House Physician and a House Surgeon with 1 year of medical training under their belts—most of whom had recently graduated from Harvard Medical School. Their responsibility would be to care for patients on Bulfinch wards and to oversee the House Pupils, junior doctors who would live alongside them in the hospital. In the late 1850s, the hospital appointed a physician as the administrative head of the house staff, named the Resident Physician. The medical housestaff would learn under the tutelage of James Jackson and a variety of visiting community physicians, known as the “Visits.” In 1922, the term house pupils was abandoned and trainees became known as house officers, interns or residents. Since then, our training program has grown over almost 200 years and inhabited various buildings and wards throughout the hospital—expanding with the development of intensive care units and specialty wards to care for patients on the cardiology and oncology services. Throughout its time, the Bigelow Medical Service has taken many iterations but over the last 40 years it has centered around the team-based care of the patient and has served as an arena for the formation of generations of leaders in clinical care, medical education and biomedical research, all of whom are grounded in clinical medicine.
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