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Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, the flagship hospital of Cone Health, is a 536-bed facility that serves the community's primary care and regional tertiary needs. It sponsors the Internal Medicine Program in conjunction with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill.

The Internal Medicine Program consists of 22 residents; 6 categorical residents per year and 4 additional preliminary interns. The program provides a community-based, comprehensive curriculum in internal medicine. House staff learn a broad range of skills in both primary care and subspecialty medicine. Opportunities abound to learn in an environment that features the breadth of general medicine and substantial exposure to subspecialty medicine for those interested in pursuing further training.

Internal Medicine Residency Training

We're proud of the special opportunities this program provides. We offer a strong continuous ambulatory experience. Residents function as primary care physicians providing continuity of care to an underserved patient population. Our eight core faculty are dedicated clinician-educators who are well supported to serve as instructors and mentors to housestaff. Clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, and the practical use of medical informatics are emphasized. Physician wellness and fostering resiliency are highly valued. Our educational conference series’ include morning report to teach case-based clinical reasoning, noon conference led by core faculty or subspecialists from the community, journal club with a dedicated curriculum for evidence-based medicine, clinical improvement conference to foster life-long learning, and weekly grand rounds featuring scientific updates with speakers from tertiary academic research centers.

An accessible faculty serve not only as instructors, but also as mentors, furthering their relationships with the housestaff.

Many of our graduates practice internal medicine or provide hospitalist care, both in North Carolina and elsewhere. Those seeking fellowship training are successful and have obtained fellowships in cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, infectious diseases, geriatrics, gastroenterology and nephrology. In recent years, our residents have received fellowships to Wake Forest University, East Carolina University, Baylor University, The University of Virginia, Louisiana State University, The University of Kansas, Emory University, Washington Hospital Center and McMaster University.

Only applications received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) will be accepted. USMLE transcripts are required.

Our Residency Program offers:

  • One-on-one teaching by skilled faculty dedicated to the Internal Medicine Program and its residents.
  • Comprehensive training in Internal Medicine in a community-based program, allowing housestaff to learn a broad range of skills in both primary care and subspecialty medicine. Full ACGME accreditation.
  • A strong ambulatory experience with at least two months per year dedicated to an ambulatory clinic, 1 half-day of continuity clinic each week, and ambulatory subspecialty electives.
  • A Quality Improvement curriculum: residents are taught principals of quality improvement and participate in resident lead quality improvement projects.
  • Informatics and Panel Management: In our clinic, residents learn about management for their panel of patients and how to interpret healthcare informatics.
    • A multidisciplinary curriculum to teach medication assisted treatment of opioid use disorder, which includes didactics and hands-on experience prescribing buprenorphine in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
    • Our patient population spans across ethnicities, races, language, socioeconomic barriers. We have a dedicated curriculum in healthcare disparities, implicit biases and encouragement for physician advocacy.
  • A comprehensive point-of-care ultrasound curriculum, which includes didactics, hands-on workshops with advanced simulators, bedside teaching with direct faculty feedback, and interdisciplinary quality assurance programs.
    • A continued focus on physician wellness and mitigation of burnout. We measure burn out with an annual Maslach burnout inventory, which is reviewed by the program evaluation committee and Cone wellness committee. We feature didactics lead by local and national leaders on wellness. We offer our residents personal days off, which they can use for personal needs.
  • The opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to enter a community-based practice, a hospitalist program, a career in academic general internal medicine or a subspecialty fellowship. Fellowships in the last five years have included: Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Palliative Care, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Hematology-Oncology, Geriatrics, and Nephrology.
  • Technology Stipend - Each resident is given a technology stipend.
  • Videotape reviews of resident/patient encounters, focusing on interviewing skills.
  • Research opportunities in ambulatory medicine, infectious diseases and cardiology, along with others.