The 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
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