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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 program provides a community-based, comprehensive curriculum in internal medicine for 22 residents. House staff learn a broad range of skills in both primary care and subspecialty medicine. Alamance Regional Medical Center, Wesley Long Hospital, Annie Penn Hospital, Women's Hospital and Behavioral Health Hospital all provide additional sites for the broad education of future internists. The program offers opportunities to learn in an environment that features the generalist skills necessary to enter a community-based practice and substantial exposure to subspecialty medicine for those interested in pursuing further training.

Internal Medicine Residency TrainingWe're proud of the special opportunities this program provides. Our eighteen categorical residents and four preliminary interns learn general internal medicine in inpatient and outpatient settings from UNC-appointed full-time faculty. We offer a strong continuous ambulatory experience where residents function as primary care physicians providing continuity of care to an underserved patient population, and with at least two months per year in ambulatory clinic. 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. Housestaff are reimbursed for texts and educational conferences, enabling them to supplement their learning experiences. In addition, interns are provided with reimbursement for moving expenses and a technology stipend.

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 who are here specifically to teach in a collegial, close-knit atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • The opportunity to learn general internal medicine in inpatient and outpatient settings from generalists, including a hospitalist component.
  • 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.
  • Quality Improvement: residents are taught principals of quality improve, participate in resident lead quality improvement projects and participate in continuous panel management.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • We have cultivated a supportive culture that lends itself well to mitigating physician 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: GI, nephrology, cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, geriatrics, infectious diseases, and health science research.
  • Technology Stipend - Each resident is given a technology stipend.
  • Videotape reviews of resident/patient encounters, focusing on interviewing skills.
  • A CCU experience with one of the foremost groups in the United States regarding ACS interventional research.
  • Research opportunities in ambulatory medicine, health services, and NIH-funded cancer and AIDS clinical trials; comprehensive computerized patient database.