Welcome from the Program Director
Program Director: Sailaja Pindiprolu, MD
Interim Chair: Carmella Cole, MD
The Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency Program is a comprehensive training experience that prepares residents for the complex and challenging role internists have in the delivery of quality health care.
The program provides the education, clinical experience and faculty mentorship necessary to train compassionate and skilled physicians. While the curriculum is firmly grounded in general medicine topics, opportunities for research and subspecialty experience make it an excellent training program for a variety of career paths, including careers in academic medicine, primary care and sub-specialty practice.
In June 2006, the residency program (along with all of its sponsored sub-specialty fellowship programs) again received full accreditation from the ACGME/Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine. Our first self-study under the new accreditation system is anticipated soon.
Five key principles drive the program’s success in training top-notch physicians:
Training is optimized when expert full-time faculty work closely with residents to care for a wide variety of patients.
The MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Department of Medicine employs more than one hundred full time physicians to teach in the internal medicine residency and fellowship training programs. Members of the faculty are skilled and experienced clinicians who have chosen to teach residents and fellows as a large part of their daily activities. The benefits of a dedicated teaching faculty are enhanced by the diversity of the patient population. Residents routinely care for patients with a vast array of common and rare medical conditions.
Training includes a variety of outpatient and inpatient venues.
The MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 800-bed tertiary care hospital, largest in DC, and provides care to local residents as well as patients referred from the surrounding areas. Typically patients cared for on the teaching service are of high acuity and complexity, allowing exposure to both common and uncommon illnesses including late stages of disease. Outpatient rotations include orthopedics, men’s health, gynecology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, ENT and adolescent and geriatric medicine.
Mentorship of residents as individuals and colleagues.
Residents are assigned formal faculty advisors with whom they meet regularly. In addition, through the mentorship program, they are encouraged to self-select a faculty mentor. The formal advisory program and the informal mentoring program together create a strong support system that ensures adequate individual attention and guidance for each resident.
Training humane physicians requires a humane training environment.
The residency years can be exciting and gratifying, but also extremely stressful. The program's faculty, nursing and ancillary staff, fellows and senior residents are as committed to creating a humane and supportive environment as they are to providing quality patient care and professional education. Self-selected mentors, formal and informal gatherings, a fully-staffed non-teaching service, excellent ancillary support and an accessible faculty all impact positively on the residency experience.
Residents should be actively involved in shaping their training program.
The program is continually evolving to meet the needs of its residents. Resident feedback and suggestions are encouraged and often implemented. Resident involvement takes many forms, from formal meetings to surveys. Residents chair and comprise the majority of membership on the Housestaff Committee. The committee meets regularly to evaluate their training and to draft appropriate recommendations. The Department of Medicine also plans periodic events, including a lunch meeting in the fall and a retreat in the spring. Both events are opportunities for residents and faculty to discuss ways in which to enhance the training experience.
Success in a residency program requires exposure to a broad and diverse patient population, guidance from a knowledgeable and accessible faculty, didactic instruction within a well-constructed curriculum and support from dedicated and enthusiastic peers. This program meets the challenges of residency education in internal medicine because it is uniquely strong in all of these areas.