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Internal Medicine Residency Program: FAQs

What are the strengths of your program?

Our program gives an opportunity to learn in an environment that offers comprehensive, individualized learning from skilled University of North Carolina-appointed full-time faculty. Our faculty members devote the time to teach in a collegial, close-knit atmosphere and serve as mentors to our residents. Lifelong learning skills and the clinical use of medical informatics are emphasized. Our program is often described as having a "family-like" atmosphere. Faculty and staff are very accessible to residents. Residents are able to work in diverse fields upon graduation and we have had very successful match rates for fellowship. We have an excellent curriculum and are proud of our 100% ABIM board pass rate for the last 3 years and a 96% ABIM board pass rate in the last 5 years.

What type of accreditation does your program have

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We received a six-year accreditation, the maximum awarded by the council in 2008. We have received continued accreditation since that time. The ACGME requires that the program and the institution complete extensive documentation, have an on-site review and be evaluated by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the ACGME regularly. We are following these requirements.

Does your program participate in ERAS and NRMP for the match?

Yes, only applications submitted through ERAS are accepted. USMLE or COMLEX transcripts are required.

Does your program offer any special learning experiences?

Yes! We have specialized programs including care of the person with opioid use disorder and training in treatment with buprenorphine products. We also have a robust point of care ultrasound curriculum including an in person elective, a sim center and regular didactics. Finally, we have recently added a rotation in clinical informatics. Our program is very interested in the cutting edge of education and enhancing our resident education in many unique ways.

Where do most of your graduates go?

Most of our graduates practice general 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, rheumatology, addiction medicine, endocrinology, infectious diseases, geriatrics, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology and nephrology. In recent years, our residents have been accepted into fellowships at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, East Carolina University, and Duke University.

How does your program use technology?

We provide a stipend that can be used to support smart phones. Each resident will receive software which allows access inpatient medical records wirelessly anywhere in the hospital.

Our system uses EPIC electronic medical records for inpatient and outpatient charting. There are embedded web links to use UpToDate as well as speech to text technology. We have a point of care ultrasound curriculum to teach residents bedside ultrasound that can be utilized in future practice. We also teach the use of aggregate clinic data to measure and improve clinical care.

Where does the resident training take place?

Core rotations and continuity clinics are done at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. Subspeciality and other outpatient rotations are available at Moses Cone Hospital and in the Greensboro community. Selected rotations are available in the UNC system and other outside health systems.

How is your quality of life in Greensboro?

Greensboro is a vibrant city of almost 260,000 people. Located in central North Carolina, Greensboro is the third largest city in the state and is within a two-hour drive to the mountains and a three-hour drive to the coast. The city is home to the Greensboro Coliseum, which hosts a wide variety of events ranging from the NCAA basketball tournament to symphony and rock concerts. Greensboro is home to several academic institutions, including The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford College, Bennett College and Greensboro College. Recently, the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts has opened downtown which has hosted Broadway, comedy and music events. Many visitors comment on the large amount of green space in the city due to the bountiful parks and recreational facilities. Greensboro has much to offer to those thinking of relocating here.

How do you focus on balance and wellness in residency?

Balance and wellness of our residents, faculty and staff are exceedingly important to us. Our program is friendly and family-like. Residents work with the same faculty both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. We are therefore well poised to follow a resident’s improvement trajectory to ensure personal and professional success. We have a Wellness Committee to focus on work life balance, highlight personal successes and uniqueness, and arrange social events outside of the hospital. Our social media presence allows residents to share their personal and professional successes along with their individual QI / research projects. Our program is close-knit; faculty have an open door policy for each and every resident; and we are just the right size to be facile to develop a solution to any resident need. Finally, the Cone Health system offers many health and wellness events; has an onsite gym for employee use; and provides free and anonymous counseling to employees. Learn more about Cone Health's LiveLifeWell programs.