The Weill Cornell Medical College Internal Medicine Residency Program is distinguished by a unique combination of activities and opportunities. One of our core principles is that housestaff learn best through authentic responsibility. House Staff serve as the primary provider across all aspects of patient care.
Intellectual curiosity is fostered throughout the curriculum, whether exploring basic science, translational medicine, clinical expertise, or the healthcare delivery system. Residents can customize their focus or try more than one area. The program strives to focus on the joy, meaning, and healing purpose of practicing medicine as what will sustain you, with attention to your wellness, your professional growth and personal development at the individual level. Mentorship is one-on-one to help each resident thrive.
We are constantly evaluating and enhancing the way we educate our residents. Our program director, faculty, and chief residents are thoroughly invested in the education of the residents and dedicate themselves to providing high quality learning both at and away from the bedside. Residents finish their three years of training prepared for a vast number of subspecialties and career pathways.
Every rotation has a comprehensive curriculum complete with recorded talks, sentinel articles, clear expectations, and board-like questions as an adjunct to the clinical experience. Announcements and information are updated weekly with morning report topics, journal articles, and other hot topics.
Morning report is a rapid-fire session of discussing cases, learning from seasoned master clinicians, and seeking the best evidence from the literature where available. The Chief Residents set a tone of highly academic discussions blended with practical knowledge about taking care of patients. A different faculty member serves as the guest attending each week for Morning Report, with many of the hospitalists also attending and joining in the discussion. Morning Report is co-managed by one Chief Resident with the Assistant Chief Resident, who work together to plan highly interactive case-based conferences with key clinical questions. A medical librarian then identifies the relevant medical literature after each conference. The PGY3 Assistant Chief Resident distills the take-home message, and together with the chief residents creates a weekly podcast of the key take-home learning points from the cases presented over the week.
The 36-month experience results in well-balanced and highly effective training. Graduates routinely comment how well-prepared they feel for their next steps, whether that be fellowship training or a job.