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Letter from the Chairman - Internal Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

Philip Panzarella, MDThe residency programs at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center have had a long and successful history and continue to be of pivotal importance to our hospital. 

A majority of medical admissions to our hospital are cared for by an attending physician who is a graduate of our Internal Medicine Residency Program. It is impossible to imagine what our institution would look like if it were not for these graduates who constitute such a large percentage of our medical staff. 

Our residency graduates have pursued fellowship training in most of the specialty areas of internal medicine, including cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, pulmonary and critical care, infectious diseases, geriatrics, endocrinology and nephrology. 

In an era of increased difficulty recruiting primary care physicians, we have always trained our own. These physicians work closely with our specialty physicians in creating an expert team of clinical care for our patients.

MedStar Franklin Square has a major academic affiliation with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and one of the few departments that can claim this major status with the University. This status allows us to place the medical school's logo on our residents' diplomas. The strength and importance of this affiliation has broadened and deepened over the years. A concrete demonstration of this is the commitment by the University to send third-year medical students to our hospital for core third-year rotations, including medicine, ambulatory medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics. 

We also are a site for second-year medical students in their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, teaching them physical diagnosis skills. Fellows in geriatrics and nephrology from the Univeristy of Maryland have ongoing rotations at MedStar Franklin Square and fellows from other departments, including pulmonary and oncology, spend time at MedStar Franklin Square on selective rotations.

Incoming classes of interns in our residency program continue to be strong. The class is comprised of diverse medical schools, including both international medical graduates and graduates of many of the local and national medical schools in the United States, such as the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Howard University. 

Research and scholarly activity continues to be successfully pursued by our residents. Resident-directed research projects have been recognized in the past with awards at the Maryland American College of Physicians Associates meeting. The internal medicine department has an active research program which results in a number of ongoing research projects and scholarly publications.

Our hospital was named one of the top 25 teaching hospitals with more than 250 beds in the United States, based on objective study of quality of patient care measurements. Our Emergency Department is now the busiest in the state of Maryland with 100,000 visits annually, and we have one of the largest number of inpatient admissions in the state of Maryland. 

MedStar Franklin Square is a great place for residency training. We are a first-rate, community-based teaching hospital where undergraduate and graduate medical education are at the center of what we do every day … where today's medical residents become tomorrow's attending physicians, teachers and valued members of our medical community in one of the growing, diversifying areas of metropolitan Baltimore.

Philip Panzarella, MD

Chairman, Department of Medicine
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine