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Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, the flagship hospital of Cone Health, is a 628-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 are taught a broad range of skills in both primary care and subspecialty medicine. Opportunities abound to learn in an environment that features the wide breadth of general medicine and substantial exposure to subspecialty medicine for those interested in pursuing further training.

We are proud of the special opportunities this program provides. We offer a strong 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 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 sub-specialists 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.

Mentorship is highly valued.  Our eight core faculty are accessible to residents and available to serve as career mentors regardless of resident career interest.  Faculty are approachable, available and resourceful to assist residents in reaching their goals. 

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, and nephrology. In recent years, our residents have received fellowships to Wake Forest University, East Carolina University, Baylor University, The Medical College of Georgia and Georgetown 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 3-4 months per year dedicated to an ambulatory clinic and ambulatory subspecialty electives.
  • A Quality Improvement curriculum in which residents are taught principles of quality improvement and participate in resident lead 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.
  • 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.
  • Technology Stipend - Each resident is given a technology stipend as they enter residency.
  • Videotape reviews of resident/patient encounters, focusing on interviewing skills.
  • Research opportunities in ambulatory medicine, infectious diseases and cardiology, and others.