Internal Medicine Residency Programs | Washington, DC | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health—Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center Residency Program in Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Residency program at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides the education, clinical experience and faculty mentorship necessary to train compassionate and skilled physicians for the complex and challenging role internists have in the delivery of quality health care.

The curriculum is firmly grounded in general medicine, with many opportunities for research and subspecialty experience to support a variety of career paths—academic medicine, primary care, and sub-specialty practice.

Graduate Medical Education at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

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Top 10 reasons to join us

  1. Amazing faculty involved with the residents.

  2. Clinical educator track

  3. Assigned faculty advisor who serves as a mentor and a go-to person.

  4. Many subspecialty electives: Advanced Heart Failure, Public Health elective, Electrophysiology elective, NIH research electives, Triage elective…

  5. Diverse program with multiculturality and representation.

  6. Resident participation in hospital subcommittees where you interact with senior faculty including Code Blue subcommittee, Antibiotics subcommittee, Hand Hygiene subcommittee and many more!

  7. Exciting participation in yearly Quality and Improvement projects, for instance, decreasing the incidence of hospital-associated delirium, enhancing continuity in our primary care clinic, optimizing AAA screening practices, or refining response protocols for triaging patients to higher levels of care (2022-2023)

  8. Desirable location to explore the nation’s capital.

  9. Largest hospital in D.C, with the busiest ED, only level 1 trauma center, busiest CVICU/interventional cardiology, primary Stroke Center with neuro-intervention capacity, STEMI Center and part of the Georgetown Cancer center- the reason why you will have the opportunity to work closely with outside rotators including NIH fellows, Walter Reed residents, Georgetown residents, medical students, physician assistant students, pharmacy students, Podiatry residents and OMFS residents.

  10. Large program: 117 residents in the largest hospital of DC: guaranteeing well rounded education.

Why train here

The program is strong in all four pillars of residency excellence:

  • Exposure to a broad and diverse patient population in a prestigious and technologically advanced hospital setting

  • Mentorship from a knowledgeable and accessible faculty of over 100 full-time teaching physicians

  • A well-constructed curriculum of didactic instruction with support and instruction from superb faculty and chief residents

  • Support via a formal mentorship program addressing challenges and opportunities in training and customized to the individual resident in career planning

Academic excellence

The Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency program provides the education, clinical experience, and faculty mentorship necessary to train compassionate and skilled physicians. MedStar Washington is the largest in Washington, D.C. It provides care to local residents as well as patients referred from the surrounding areas.

Training includes a variety of outpatient and inpatient venues with exposure to a diverse patient population and a vast array of both common and rare medical conditions. Inpatient exposure is supplemented by robust outpatient rotations in orthopedics, men’s health, gynecology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, ENT, community-based primary care, occupational health, and geriatric medicine. 

Residents are mentored as individuals and colleagues. Each resident meets regularly with a formal faculty advisor. The formal advisory program and the informal mentoring program together create a strong support system that ensures exemplary individual attention and guidance.

Strong emphasis is on medical education. Carefully selected and frequently evolving didactics meet the rapidly developing fields of internal medicine. Residents are exposed to a broad array of common topics likely encountered both in clinical practice and board examinations. 

Residents are involved in research and scholarly activities. From quality improvement projects to original research, residents have been very prolific and active in academic internal medicine. This is made possible by the program’s generous resources for research support, along with nationally renowned faculty for mentorship and guidance. 

Residents are 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 regularly scheduled formal meetings to surveys and a retreat. 

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.

Program Leadership

  • Sal Pindiprolu, MD, Program Director

    Sailaja Pindiprolu

    College: University of Miami
    Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Residency: Yale University
    Chief Residency: Yale University
    Clinical Interests: Quality, safety
    Research Interests: Innovations in education, quality improvement
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2001
    Interests outside of medicine: Reading, travel, cooking, spending time with family and friends

  • Brian Cuneo, MD, Associate Program Director

    Brian Cuneo
    College: San Francisco State University
    Medical School: St. Louis University
    Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center
    Chief Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center
    Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Clinical Interests: Pulmonary and Critical Care ICU administration, respiratory therapy, cystic fibrosis
    Research Interest: Academics and clinical reasoning
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2013
    Interests outside of medicine:
    My family, my dog, and fishing/skiing
  • Leon Lai, MD, Associate Program Director

    Leon Lai

    College: Harvard University
    Medical School: Pennsylvania State University
    Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Fellowship: Infectious Disease, Tufts University
    Clinical Interests: HIV and antiretroviral resistance, LGBTQIA+ care, social determinants of health and medical inequities
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2004
    Interests outside of medicine: Cooking, piano, theater, SF/fantasy fiction

  • Darling A Ruiz Cerrato, MD, Associate Program Director

    Darling Ruiz Cerrato

    Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua- Managua
    Residency: Saint Agnes Hospital
    Chief Residency: Saint Agnes Hospital
    Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care – Washington Hospital Center
    Clinical Interests: Critical Care, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Endobronchial Ultrasound, medical education
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center: As a fellow in 2017 and as an attending in 2020
    Interests outside of medicine: spending time with family and friends, cooking

  • Deborah Topol, MD, Associate Program Director

    Deborah Topol

    College: University of Pennsylvania
    Medical School: University of Maryland
    Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
    Chief Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
    Clinical / Research Interests: End of life care, medical education, developing the resident as a teacher
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2001
    Interests outside of medicine: Reading, spending time with family, travel, restaurants, movies

  • Christian Woods, MD, Associate Program Director

    Christian Woods
    College: Seton Hall University
    Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
    Residency: Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
    Chief Residency: Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
    Fellowship: Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary/Critical Care, Washington Hospital Center
    Clinical Interests: Critical care, medical education
    Research Interest: Medical education
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center as an intern in 2002
    Interests outside of medicine: Watching sports and movies, working out, spending time with family
  • Anantha K. Mallia, DO, Associate Program Director - POCUS

    Anantha Mallia
    College: New York Institute of Technology 
    Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine 
    Residency: Brooke Army Medical Center 
    Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine, North Shore University Hospital 
    Clinical Interests: Critical Care Ultrasonography, Hemodynamics and Resuscitation, Airway Management, Toxicology 
    Research Interests: Critical Care Echocardiography, Medical Education 
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2015
    Interests outside of medicine: Indian and Comparative Philosophy, Hiking, International Travel, Running after my kids 
  • Shaunak Kulkarni, MD, Associate Program Director - Clinician Educator track

    Shaunak Kulkarni
    College: University of Mumbai 
    Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai 
    Residency: Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center 
    Clinical Interests: Ethics in medicine, Antimicrobial stewardship, Palliative care 
    Research Interest: Medical education, Healthcare disparities 
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center as an intern in 2015
    Interests outside of medicine: Biking, watching movies, tracking politics around the world. 
  • Emil S Oweis, MBBS, Associate Program Director of Simulation Training

    Emil Oweis
    Medical School: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan 
    Residency: MedStar Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
    Chief Residency: MedStar Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
    Fellowship: Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center
    Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Mechanical Ventilation, COPD, Simulation Training
    Research Interests: Quality Improvement, Medical Education, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2011 as an intern
    Interests outside of medicine:
    Audiophilia, Animal Fancy, Meditation, Basketball, Hiking 
  • Akrithi Garren, MD, Associate Program Director-Wellness

    Akrithi Garren
    College: VCU
    Medical School: VCU School of Medicine
    Residency: UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Fellowship: Duke University Hospital
    Clinical interests: General Rheumatology, Reproductive Rheumatology
    Research Interests: Medical Education, Quality Improvement
    Joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2021
    Interests outside of medicine: Spending time with my son and husband, traveling with my family and friends, my kindle

Curriculum and rotations

The Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency program offers a comprehensive and outstanding three-year clinical training experience, preparing residents for a clinical or academic career in general or subspecialty internal medicine.

A structured curriculum with a wide variety of core and elective rotations and quality teaching conferences prepare residents for a clinical or academic career in general or subspecialty internal medicine.

A wide variety of rotations over three years prepares residents for a clinical or academic career in general or subspecialty internal medicine.

  • Wards

    General: great variety of both typical and unusual inpatient diagnoses, staffing is geographically cohorted and mostly with one teaching attending. Teams consist of two interns and one resident, with Q5 calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Intermediate care unit (IMC): 14-bed unit for sicker patients (NIPPV, sepsis, GIB, DKA, etc.), geographically cohorted, with high acuity and turnover. The team consists of three residents and three interns, mostly with one teaching attending.

    Cardiology: includes six intermediate care beds (for sicker patients), geographically cohorted. The team consists of three interns and two residents, with one attending.

  • Intensive care units

    The Medical ICU: a closed unit divided into two teams with two critical care attendings, and with fellows in house overnight. Training involves caring for critically ill patients, learning about basic ventilator settings, interpretation of blood gases, and management of common ICU pathologies.

    The Cardiovascular ICU: a closed unit with one attending, and with fellows in house overnight. Training involves caring for patients with types of advanced heart conditions, including myocardial infarctions, heart failure, cardiogenic shock, and life-threatening arrhythmias.

  • Night float

    Gain experience in triage, admitting, and cross cover.

  • Continuity clinic

    This are dedicated afternoons where you grow your own panel of patients and belong to a firm. There are dedicated clinic days with focused attention to one topic: hypertension management, diabetes management, pre-operative evaluation, and lastly urgent clinic, that takes walk-ins and urgent appointments for our clinic population

    Categorical interns and residents are assigned to a weekly, half-day afternoon continuity clinic except during their ICU, CVICU, and night float rotations.

    Pre-clinic conference: weekly modules covering important outpatient topics.

    The Ambulatory Care Center uses an electronic medical record. 

    Registered nurses triage phone calls and take messages for resident physicians when they are not in the clinic.

    Residents work with the same designated faculty member to care for a panel of patients throughout their training.

  • Ambulatory

    Categorical residents complete a total of four blocks of ambulatory medicine during their three years of training.

    Interns rotate through different non-internal medicine subspecialties (e.g. GYN, ENT, orthopedics, podiatry, dermatology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, urology, etc.) 

    Residents have the opportunity to rotate through private primary care practices, occupational health and free city clinics, as well as pre-op and urgent clinics.

    The rotation includes morning reports focused on outpatient medicine topics, and evidence-based medicine article analysis.

    Residents also rotate through addiction medicine clinics and participate in support groups across Washington, DC

  • Medicine consultation

    Medicine residents gain experience in pre-operative evaluations (both elective and emergent), as well as co-management of patients with chronic medical problems on non-internal medicine services.

    Consult residents also gain experience in running code blues during this rotation.

  • Emergency department

    The MedStar Washington Hospital Center emergency department is the busiest in Washington, D.C., with over 80,000 visits per year.

    Patients often have serious medical conditions and a relatively high proportion of patients get admitted.

    Residents work one-on-one with the ER attending.

  • Geriatrics

    Categorical residents complete one block of geriatric medicine at either MedStar Washington or the VA Medical Center. 

    Residents participate in inpatient consultations, home care visits, and a geriatric assessment program.

  • Neurology

    Categorical residents complete one block of neurology consults at MedStar Washington. Residents participate in inpatient consultations and attend a variety of unique didactic conferences.

  • Elective rotations

    MedStar Washington offers electives in all major medicine subspecialties and in many specialties outside of medicine. All residents are eligible to schedule a research elective with a designated faculty mentor. 

    Electives may be scheduled off site for an away elective rotation. Some residents may choose electives at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, National Institute of Health, Washington D.C.'s Veteran's Affairs Hospital, as well as a variety of primary care clinics around the Metropolitan D.C. area.

    Typical electives offered include:

    • Anesthesiology
    • Cardiology
    • Dermatology
    • Emergency medicine
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Hematology
    • Infectious disease
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Nuclear medicine
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Pain medicine
    • Palliative care
    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonary
    • Radiology
    • Research
    • Rheumatology
    • Teaching
  • Palliative care

    Residents complete an elective rotation with our Interprofessional palliative care team where they engage in inpatient consultations and participate in advance care planning. They also gain knowledge about pain and symptom management.


The Internal Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS) Curriculum is a longitudinal program of study, taught by certified faculty, for interested Internal Medicine Residents. The program employs didactics, hands-on instruction (both with simulated patients and at the bedside), image review/interpretation and quality control. The scope and content of this multimodal curriculum is in line with recommendations published by relevant professional societies, including the American College of Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Clinical Educator track

The Clinician educator track is designed for residents who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine. The purpose of this track is to equip our residents with the skills needed to excel in medical education. Those selected for the track will participate in interactive didactics on developing teaching skills and will have numerous opportunities to practice what they have learnt under the observation of program faculty. Successful completion of the track is rewarded with a certificate at graduation.

Simulation/SiTEL lab

Allows residents to practice their procedural, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills as well as training for central lines, using standardized patients and mannequins. During MICU rotation, residents can attend ACLS and critical situation simulations.


Quality teaching conferences complement experience gained from hands-on patient care. The didactic curriculum is carefully integrated into the training program to support progressively independent clinical experiences and to develop teaching and supervisory capability.

  • Noon conferences

    Core faculty attendings deliver daily noon conferences. During the first months of intern year, the core curriculum is devoted to an acute medicine course, “survival skills”—management issues related to acute illnesses.

  • Chairman’s conference

    An interactive session with faculty or a resident analyzing an unknown case to demonstrate case analysis using clinical evidence and prioritization of the differential diagnosis.

  • Morning report

    Led by one of the chief residents with core faculty present. Interns attend morning report once per week (Wednesdays, 11 a.m.) Residents attend morning reports three times a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 7:30 a.m.)
  • Grand rounds

    Occur once a week on Wednesdays, in place of the noon conference, led by a senior physician, including visiting physicians from other institutions.

  • ICU conferences

    Daily lectures specifically for the ICU team cover critical care topics.

  • Journal club

    Meets once a month, guided by an internal medicine or subspecialty faculty mentor. Articles of interest are reviewed using the McMaster criteria.

  • Board review

    Intensive lectures for PGY-3 residents, directed at improving preparation for the Internal Medicine Boards.

  • Institutional subspecialty clinical conferences

    Residents interested in a subspecialty training have opportunities to attend a variety of institutional subspecialty clinical conferences, in addition to medicine conferences.


Each year of training in our residency program comprises of 13 blocks lasting 28-30 days. The schedule for every training level is outlined below.  



PGY-1 Categorical (Blocks)

PGY-1 Preliminary (Blocks)




Medical ICU



Cardiovascular ICU



Night Float






Electives (Outpatient)

2.5 (1)









PGY-2 (Blocks)

PGY-3 (Blocks)




Medical ICU


1 or 2

Cardiovascular ICU


0 or 1

Night Float






Medicine Consults






Palliative Care



Emergency Medicine






Electives (Outpatient)

3.5 (1.5)

3.5 (2)






Map of research conferences around the United States.

Conferences attended by IM residents in 2022-2023

Research is a core component of our program. It strengthens the scientific base of medicine and application of scientific investigation in the clinical setting. It also supports acceptance to highly competitive and prized fellowship programs.

The GME office funds research projects and journal submissions, and also covers expenses associated with conference presentation; travel expenses, conference fees, and accommodations.

The Department of Medicine encourages a culture of research that is best served by collaboration and support from faculty. That approach empowers our residents’ success in abstracts, presentations, and publications.

View or Download 2022-2023 resident research projects

View or Download 2021-2022 faculty research projects

Life After Residency

Training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center will prepare you for a variety of career options. Here’s some ways in which we prepare you for:

Life as a Hospitalist:

  • Caring for a diverse patient population with multiple medical co-morbidities and common/uncommon illnesses
  • Learning under supervision to provide both triage and code blue responses for the acutely de-compensated patient
  • Working with specialty consultants to gain understanding of how to optimally work with consultants
  • Having ample opportunities to perform procedures from central line placements to paracentesis and lumbar punctures
  • Interacting with employed and private attendings (including Kaiser) for exposure and opportunities after residency
  • Potentials to work as a hospitalist for Medstar with J1 visa sponsorship
  • Opportunities to network for jobs with local large employers of Hospitalists

Life as a Primary Care Attending:

  • Continuity clinic over three years helps establish a patient panel to mimic outpatient care in practice
  • Establish relationship with one preceptor for three years, but also work with a variety of attendings in the outpatient arena to see different styles of care
  • Supervision with common outpatient procedures
  • All in-house specialty clinics under same EMR to facilitate communication with consultants
  • Rotations through specialty clinics and community-based clinics to help build a diverse experience and understanding of outpatient medicine
  • Weekly pre-clinic curriculum and ambulatory morning reports while on ambulatory to learn outpatient medicine topics
  • Dedicated months of ambulatory rotation with exposure to specialties such as ophthalmology, ENT, sports medicine, psychiatry and addiction medicine.
  • Potential to work for MedStar with J1 visa sponsorship

Life as a Fellow:

  • In-house specialties with ample rotation opportunities in your specialty of choice
  • Interesting pathology and unique presentations of diseases
  • Advanced care referral center especially cardiology, critical care, and cancer patients
  • Having ample opportunities to perform procedures from central line placements to paracentesis and lumbar punctures
  • Individual mentorship with applications and preparing for fellowship interviews
  • Residents are provided coverage to attend all fellowship interviews

Life in Academic Medicine:

  • Opportunity to do a teaching rotation, participating in presentations and teaching large and small groups
  • On-site library and helpful librarians to assist with literature searches
  • Plenty of research opportunities with fellows and faculty (Please see our research section for previous publications by residents)
  • GME provides generous funding for research and research related travel
  • Program allows days off to attend national/local conferences with accepted publications/posters
  • Dedicated research month for those residents who need time to complete a project

Training location

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington is Washington, D.C.,’s  largest and busiest hospital.
110 Irving St., NW
Washington, D.C., 20010


  • What are the work hours and call schedule like?

    The program recognizes that grueling working hours do not support successful education. The program is strict about the 80-hour rule and patient caps. The program demands residents work hard, but not to the point where exhaustion impedes the learning process. Burned out residents benefit neither the program nor our patients.

    Details on call/shift schedules for different rotations can be seen in the “Rotations overview” section.

  • Do you have a dedicated teaching attending in daily rounds?

    Yes. Each wards team has a teaching attending with whom residents round daily. The internal medicine attending will be with you for the entire rotation. You will be the primary decision-maker for your patients, with supervision and guidance from your attending.

    Attendings are not allowed to write orders, except in cases of emergency, so house staff have complete ownership of their patients. This allows for the right balance of autonomy and supervision in patient care.

    A key distinction in our hospital is that we have a substantial non-teaching service. Cases deemed appropriate for educational purposes are assigned to the teaching service. These patients are taken care of by the resident teams, whereas patients assigned to the non-teaching service, are cared for by hospitalists and nurse practitioners.

  • How much vacation time will I have?

    The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) allows a maximum of four paid weeks of vacation per year. Since time off is crucial for residents to recharge and rest, the program offers additional time off during the holidays; every resident gets an additional six days including either New Year’s Day or Christmas Day.

    Categorical interns will have three weeks off distributed throughout the academic year. At the end of the academic year, they will have a week off before returning as a resident, constituting the fourth week of vacation. Preliminary interns have four weeks off throughout the year in addition to the six days off during the holidays.

  • When are the educational conferences scheduled?

    Daily noon conferences focus on the most pertinent topics that you will encounter on the wards. Each week, noon conferences concentrate on a different subspecialty. Grand Rounds are scheduled on Wednesdays in lieu of the noon conference. A visiting or local expert from varying specialties leads the discussion.

    Resident morning reports are held every morning, except Wednesdays and Fridays. Intern morning reports are held  Wednesday mornings. On Friday mornings, we attend the Chairman’s conference.

    You may also attend several other conferences held by the subspecialty medicine program (e.g. cardiology grand rounds, rheumatology, neurology, etc.). Residents also get the chance to rotate through the simulation lab to learn procedural skills, ventilator-associated issues, and ACLS skills.

  • Do residents have enough time outside of hospital to study and have a personal life?

    Absolutely! With our wards call schedule, you are not on overnight call. We have a very well-organized night-float system, which allows our team greater flexibility and free time to recharge for the next day. When you are done with your work, you may sign out to the cross-cover as early as 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends. This system allows you to have most of your evenings free and most of your daytime during weekends to spend with your family and friends, read, explore, run errands, and enjoy the many activities available in D.C.

    We strongly believe your hard work should be appreciated. A variety of events are organized throughout the year, including happy hours, bowling nights, departmental retreats, an end-of-year banquet and holiday parties. Camaraderie allows us to work stronger together as a team, and one of the best ways to build this camaraderie is through such social gatherings.

  • What is the interaction like between residents and interns?

    This program emphasizes teamwork rather than encouraging the traditional hierarchy seen at many programs. We welcome and encourage interaction between all levels of the teams on the wards and in the intensive care units. We believe an open dialogue enriches the educational process, and we do not stifle interns, nor expect them to learn alone: we work and grow as a team.

  • How are the ancillary services at MedStar Washington?

    The hospital has a host of ancillary services that perform many functions, including phlebotomy, IV therapy, respiratory therapists, PICC line nurses, EKG technicians, patient transport, etc. The availability of these ancillary services allows residents to focus on learning and enhances the clinical experience.

  • Where do residents live and how do they commute to work?

    Working in Washington provides you with many choices for places of living. You may live as close as the trendy Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, NoMa, Columbia Heights (bus, Metro, and bike accessible) or as far as Silver Spring, MD and Arlington, VA. It all depends on your budget and lifestyle. In Washington, D.C., most of us pay $1400-$1800/month for a one-bedroom apartment. There are many options all around D.C. if you wish to seek roommates, furnished housing, etc.

    Most residents commute by car, though some of us prefer to commute via public transport (bus, Metro, and shuttle). Parking at the hospital is free.

  • What kind of food is there to eat at the hospital? Do I get a food stipend?

    Residents are allotted $1300 annual food credit by the GME; this covers in-house dining expenses at the main cafeteria and the physicians’ cafeteria. The hospital has three food service offerings:

    • Main cafeteria: a large public dining hall with a daily buffet and options like sushi, Mexican cuisine, salads, a burger bar, a sandwich bar, an ice cream bar, and a coffee bar. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Physicians' cafeteria: private area accessed only by doctors
    • Panera Bread: full café with capability for online ordering via smartphone
  • What role does resident feedback play in the program?

    A great program evolves only with creative and honest feedback from the residents and faculty. Informal comments can always be directed to the chief residents, the program director, or your mentor. You can also provide anonymous feedback through our online program site. 

    Residents participate and provide input and feedback at regular house staff committee meetings, chaired by the chief residents.

    Other formal events when residents can share their concerns with the group include the annual intern and resident lunches and the annual retreat held each spring where residents discuss potential program changes in workgroups. These events allow residents to voice their concerns and suggest changes based on what they learned and witnessed during the academic year.

  • How long is the program's accreditation?

    The program underwent a regularly scheduled ACGME site visit in June 2018 and was awarded full accreditation without citations for 10 years.

  • If I come here, what help is offered to help me pass the boards?

    Passing the boards is an objective both the resident and the program work towards. Our program recruits bright residents who are eager to learn and brilliant faculty who love to teach. In addition to discussing several board-review questions each day at morning report, second-year residents are provided with MKSAP resources covered by the program, and third-year residents attend a faculty-led formal board review series to prepare for the boards.

    Yearly in-training exams also provide a gauge for each resident’s preparedness of the boards and areas of strength and weakness. Our residents have found this multifaceted support crucial to passing their boards.

  • Does this program give me a good chance of getting a fellowship afterwards?

    About half of our residents enter fellowship either immediately after their training or after a chief-resident year. Please visit the recent graduates page for post-graduate fellowship choices and destinations. 

  • Is there an education stipend and if so, how much is it?

    Each year, you are provided an educational stipend of $833. Of this, $750 can be used to purchase computers or smartphones. Each year, unspent money carries over to the following year. So, as a categorical resident, you have a total education stipend of $2,499 during your residency.

  • Do preliminary interns have a continuity clinic?

    No, only categorical residents attend continuity clinic.

  • What is continuity clinic for categorical residents like?

    You will be assigned a clinic attending as your primary ambulatory supervisor and mentor that you will be primarily working with for the duration of your training. You also get to work with all the clinic attendings at some point during your residency to enhance your approach and clinical experience.

  • What is the relationship between MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital?

    We have two separate internal medicine training programs. Each has unique qualities. Since both hospitals are members of MedStar Health, we have a mutually beneficial relationship between the institutions, sharing services and educational opportunities.

    Third- and fourth-year Georgetown medical students rotate at the Hospital Center on the medicine wards, MICU, CVICU, ambulatory clinics, and other subspecialty electives.

    Some of our fellowship programs have been merged, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and hematology/oncology. Some members of the Georgetown house staff rotate to the Hospital Center on subspecialty services, including in the CVICU and the heart failure service, since our hospital is a leading regional provider of cardiac education and services. You can choose to take electives at Georgetown University Hospital based on your areas of interest.

  • Does MedStar Washington Hospital Center have Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?

    MedStar Washington Hospital Center currently has a fully integrated EMR system for inpatients and outpatients as well as electronic order entry through the Cerner MedConnect system.

  • Are there opportunities to perform procedures?

    There are endless opportunities to perform a large variety of procedures (central venous catheters, arterial lines, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, joint aspirations and injections, etc.) As part of your training, all residents receive structured didactics on central line placement techniques prior to starting residency training.

  • Can I do a research elective?

    A one-month research elective during one of your three years of training is available for residents in good standing with the program with a concrete plan for a research project with IRB approval.

  • Can I do electives outside of the D.C. area or abroad?

    Typically extremely compelling reasons are required for any electives pursued outside the District of Columbia. The D.C. area has other excellent hospitals where residents typically go for additional exposure in their fields of interest (e.g. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, National Institutes of Health, etc.).

Life in DC

It is no surprise that Washington DC is ranked by U.S. news in 2022 as the 19th best city to live in, with its multitude of activities available to everyone. Residents in our program love to explore D.C and its surrounding areas together. Residents frequently organize hiking trips to nearby trails in Virginia and Maryland to stay active. We also participate in recreational soccer and volleyball leagues (champions of both leagues!!) and organize a weekly basketball club. Furthermore, we often celebrate the conclusion of a block with our co-residents at nearby cafes and restaurants.

Our wellness activities extend to the bibliophiles in our program, with a monthly book club allowing our residents (and alums) to come together and discuss exciting reads. Outside of our program, you have the unique opportunity to visit many famous historical landmarks, including The Washington Monument, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol Building, and Smithsonian Institution, to name a few.

After you have explored D.C., you can experience some of the finest and most diverse cuisine our city has to offer, including multiple Michelin Star restaurants. In addition, Washington DC is home to many professional sports teams, including the Commanders, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals, DC United, and the Mystics at are immensely popular and affordable.

All our residents also have access through wellbeing initiatives offered by MedStar health. Click to explore these resources.

Application information

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Gaitry Tiwari
Gaitri Tiwari, BS
Senior Department Educational Coordinator
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Internal Medicine Residency program
Kiara McFadden

Kiara McFadden
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency Program

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving St., NW 
Washington, D.C., 20010