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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MedStar Health?

MedStar Health is the largest healthcare provider in the Washington, DC and Maryland region with 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute and a comprehensive scope of health-related organizations that are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar Health is also one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,000 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. Learn more about who we are.

What hospitals are affiliated with MedStar?

There are 10 MedStar hospitals and six of them are accredited sponsoring institutions – MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital; MedStar Washington Hospital Center; MedStar Franklin Square Hospital; MedStar Union Memorial Medical Center; MedStar National Rehab Hospital; and MedStar Harbor Hospital. Residents and fellows may work in our other hospitals, too with rotations available at MedStar Good Sam, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and MedStar Montgomery General. Browse all of our locations. Additionally, residents and fellows rotate at non-MedStar hospitals in the region, including the National Institutes of Health, the Washington DC Veterans' Affairs Hospital, Children's National Medical Center, and many others.

How many residents are affiliated with MedStar Health?

Residents and fellows working within the MedStar Health system total more than 1,100, which makes our Graduate Medical Education program the tenth largest in the country!

How many total specialty and sub-specialty programs are offered through MedStar Health?

There are approximately 85 programs offered throughout our system. Depending on whether you’re looking for a residency or fellowship opportunity, MedStar offers a plethora of options. In addition to ACGME-accredited programs, we also sponsor accredited GME programs in specialties such as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Podiatry Surgery, Orthodontics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and more.

What are the differences between Georgetown University, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Health?

MedStar Health is a private, not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system.  MedStar Health owns and operates 10 hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington region, including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  MedStar Health's primary academic affiliate is Georgetown University.  All of the residency and fellowship programs are owned, operated and sponsored by MedStar Health hospitals, including those programs at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  

One great reason to consider residency or fellowship training at a MedStar hospital is our diversity of hospitals and patient populations.  While MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a traditional university hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and the largest independent academic medical center in Washington, DC. MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is the only inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the city, and has unique programs in traumatic brain injury and physical medicine and rehabilitation.  MedStar Union Memorial is home to the Curtis National Hand Center, and offers unique training in surgical and orthopaedic disciplines, in addition to internal medicine.  MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is home to the busiest emergency room in the entire state of Maryland, and offers some of the best primary care in the state.  MedStar Harbor Hospital is a community-based teaching hospital offering excellent training experiences in internal medicine and transitional year.  

Does MedStar Health provide residents with research support?

Our goal is to help residents experience the research process from the conception of research ideas to the publication of the results. To that end, we offer support in research design (refinement of research ideas, specification of aims and hypotheses, selection of data collection methods, sample size calculations, statistical analysis plan); in data extraction from electronic medical records; and in data analysis, reporting of the results and abstract and manuscript preparation. One way we provide this support is through statistical support offered by MedStar Health Research Institute. This is provided to residents and fellows at no cost through MedStar Graduate Medical Education support and funding.  (If you are a current resident and want to request support, please fill out a Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Initial Request Form.) Additionally, GME provides every resident with a research fund to support travel to present research at national conferences. We also encourage residents to get involved in our various Research Day events, as well as submit their research for display at the MHRI’s annual Symposium. Browse the virtual symposium.

What are the benefits of training in Washington, DC and Maryland?

MedStar Health is a microcosm of American health. Our proximity to the nation’s capital puts us in a position to influence health policy in a tangible, positive way, too. For example, our Health Policy Fellowship that includes a Certificate in offered through the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. 

Does MedStar offer any unique patient safety learning opportunities?

Yes! MedStar residents are pioneering some incredible programs. The MedStar Quality Improvement Patient Safety (QIPS) Council is a group of residents in the Baltimore/Washington DC area working together to improve the quality of care in our hospitals. The QIPS Council was formed to provide resident leaders opportunities for new strategies and tools to improve the quality of care for their patients. The overall objective is to create a House Staff Council at each of our respective health care institutions, to report adverse events and create system changes to prevent them. We will design system and quality improvement projects that can be shared across institutions and aim to achieve best practices. Read more about the QIPS council. Additionally, MedStar Health offer scholarships that support resident travel and attendance at our Patient Safety Camps in Colorado, California, and Maryland. This camp has been transformational for its attendees – in fact, Dr. Lobaugh, a Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable Alumna who serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the MedStar Quality Improvement Patient Safety (QIPS) Council. Read more about the event in this article from the Washington Business Journal.

How many vacation days do I get as a resident with MedStar Health? 

Each resident is allotted two weeks of paid vacation with an additional two weeks offered at the discretion of the program director. 

What are resident salaries?

Read more about GME salary stipends and benefits.

Do you offer chief resident training?

Our chief residents say the experience was like nothing they experienced and was rewarding in more ways than they could have imagined. Until they were in the role, most admit to not fully grasping the responsibility they held as a chief. MedStar hosts a Chief Residents Retreat, where rising Chief Residents spend a day away from their hospitals, learning leadership techniques to support their work. This includes coaching sessions with faculty and more.