A firm commitment to structured core training in Internal Medicine is coupled with flexibility for residents to pursue a wide range of career development opportunities in the form of pathways. Residents are paired with additional Research, subspecialty or pathway mentors to help them optimize and enhance training during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Elective, Inpatient and Outpatient rotations, and research/ scholarly activity rotations are carefully adjusted to ensure the residents have ample time during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 year to enhance their career interests.
The Fellowship Pathway is designed for those residents who wish to pursue a career in a subspecialty after their Internal Medicine training. This is an opportunity for interested residents to explore a subspecialty through involvement in research, faculty mentorship, and electives in order to ensure that they are competitive applicants by the time they apply for fellowship in their third year. Each resident in this pathway will participate in a Research block during their 2nd year as well as up to 3 months of elective in a particular subspecialty. Our alumni have entered into fellowship at many prestigious institutions.
The Internal Medicine Global Health Pathway was created to give those residents with an interest in Global Health the opportunity to receive formal training and exposure to the multiple disciplines associated with this growing field that now requires expertise. We recognize that not all global health practitioners are created equal and have therefore fostered relationships with other institutions with similar goals in order to provide you with the educational experience of your choice. All residents with global health interests are encouraged to join one of the 3 pathways detailed below:
OPTION 1: INTERNATIONAL ELECTIVE PATHWAY
- For those residents with international elective experience or formal public health experience interested only in field experience at approved international sites
- 2 electives
OPTION 2: HUMANITARIAN COURSE/DISASTER RESPONSE PATHWAY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
- For those residents interested in formal disaster relief training
- Online modules and field training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the month of May
- 2 international electives
OPTION 3: TROPICAL MEDICINE CERTIFICATION PATHWAY (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA)
- For those residents interested in formal tropical medicine training
- Online Global Health Course
- In-Person University of Minnesota course in May
- 3 international electives required for eligibility for CTropMed® Exam
The goal of the hospital medicine pathway is to develop internists who are experts in the care of acutely ill hospitalized patients. Led by our Divisions of Hospital Medicine and UM and the VA, residents have the opportunity to work alongside faculty leaders in perioperative medicine, Procedural competency, Quality Improvement and Patient safety. Residents are required to participate in scholarly activity with faculty mentors from the Division of Hospital Medicine.
- PGY-2: Procedure Team
- PGY-2: UHealth Preoperative Assessment Clinic
- PGY-3: VA Quality and Patient Safety
- Non-teaching Hospital Medicine at UMH or the VA
- Additional Critical Care Months
The Primary Care Pathway has been designed for residents who wish to prepare for the practice of ambulatory medicine and offers a concentrated exposure to ambulatory experiences over the three years of training. The pathway is a flexible program that provides not only clinical experiences and education tailored to the care of ambulatory patients, but also opportunities for community service and elective rotations at local FQHC. Mentors with expertise in Urban Health, Health Disparities Research and the option of completing a HRSA funded Primary Care Academic Medicine Fellowship.
- PGY-2: Camillus Health Concern (Homeless Health Care Clinic)
- PGY-3: VA Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
- Away Elective in Private Practice
- Office-based Gynecology
- Outpatient and ED Orthopedics
- UMHC Private Practice Elective
- UM Transgender Reassignment Multidisciplinary Practice
The goal of the Women’s Health Pathway is to develop internists who have an understanding of how diseases present differently in women and expertise in providing comprehensive care to female patients. This track will provide residents with a base of knowledge and skills that will enhance their future subspecialty training or primary care practice. They will also be given the opportunity to network and obtain mentorship from physicians with clinical and research interests in women’s health. Residents who complete this program will move on to clinical or research careers that will be enhanced by their experience in this program. This pathway is led by our Directors of Women's Health at UM and the VA, Dr. Erin Marcus and Dr. Pat Caralis.