Letter from the Program Director, Stephanie Detterline, M.D., FACP
Welcome; I am so glad you've found us and are considering our
program to further your medical training. I understand you have
a lot of great choices out there for residency training and it's
my job to convince you that MedStar Union Memorial Hospital should be your home
for the next one to three years.
Like healthcare in the United States, our program is undergoing a
tremendous amount of change. This is my first year as the
program director, we have a new department chairman, and we are
embarking on a process of increased collaboration with another
MedStar hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan, just 3 miles to our north. I
feel confident that all of these changes will allow us to remain
creative and innovative, better care for our patients, and
provide an excellent residency experience for you.
I want to share with you my mission and vision for our residency
and allow that to help you get to know us better and discern
whether this is the right place for you.
To train highly skilled, compassionate, and balanced general
internists in a supportive environment that fosters the growth of
individual interests and talents. We seek to train physicians
from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and agents of change
in whatever setting they choose for their career.
At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, we want you to become
excellent physicians but we also want you to be happy,
well-rounded and excellent people. Our job is to support you,
mentor you, and bring out the best in you. We are looking for
diversity in all of its forms and want you to become a leader and
change agent in our world. Now, onto the vision of our program:
In the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital residency training
program we pledge:
To provide our patients with compassionate, evidence-based,
and cost-conscious care.
Patients are the whole reason we're here, right? At MedStar Union
Memorial, we want them to be at the top of our vision statement
and we won't forget that their needs come first. We are very
serious about providing patient-centered, compassionate care
that puts patients at ease, respects their needs, and allows them
to take an active role in their care. At the same time, this
compassionate care must be high value (rooted in evidence) and
provided with an awareness of how our care impacts the cost of
health care for the patient, our health system, and society as a
- To uphold the highest professional standards in the practice
of internal medicine and be a model program to others both inside
and outside of MedStar Health.
What we mean by the 'highest professional standards' is that we
expect accountability, professionalism and honestly of ourselves
and our colleagues in our daily practice. This includes
admitting our mistakes, being transparent in our actions, and a
continuing process of honest self-evaluation. Further, we want
other programs to look at our body of work with respect and the
desire to duplicate our outcomes.
- To educate the next generation of physicians in the above
principles and graduate competent individuals ready for the
independent practice of medicine.
We are serious about training physicians for the future. When
you walk up to the podium at The Centre Club of Baltimore on
graduation night, that diploma you receive is not just a piece of
paper. Your diploma is something you have earned through hard
work in meeting all of the competencies required to independently
practice medicine. We do not take this lightly and have a
detailed process to ensure you are on the right path making
progress to graduation, every step of the way.
- To encourage and inspire our graduates to choose the
practice of general internal medicine.
There's no doubt that our country, our state, our city, and most
importantly, the very neighborhood where MedStar Union Memorial is
located needs primary care physicians. We are dedicated and
committed to training general internists of the future, and I'm
not afraid to say that. That will be our focus moving forward.
We are looking for students who have a passion for primary care.
That could mean hospital medicine, outpatient practice, academic
practice, endocrinology, sports medicine or a mix of any of
those. We are going to spend a lot of energy in making these
experiences attractive during your residency and providing you
with the opportunities available to enter into the workforce with
a rewarding job that pays well and honors quality of life.
I have only just begun to give you some good insight as to who we
are here at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. If my words resonate with
you, we may be a good fit for each other. Please explore the
rest of the site to get to know more about me, the other faculty
members, and, of course, our residents and residency program. I
think you'll agree, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a very special
Thanks again for your interest,
Stephanie Detterline, M.D., FACP