Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency offers an unsurpassed primary care internal medicine training experience to our resident physicians, while delivering high-quality patient care and advancing research.
Internal medicine residents care for a wide spectrum of patients, providing care for all ages and for conditions that range from acute illnesses and urgent care health needs to continuity care for chronic disease management, prevention, and wellness.
We offer two tracks: a categorical medicine residency and a preliminary medicine residency track. The categorical medicine track is a three-year program that provides training in inpatient and ambulatory care for patients with medically complex conditions.
Our one-year preliminary medicine track provides foundational education for residents seeking to complete training in internal medicine or an advanced residency program in a non–internal medicine specialty such as anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Residents who complete either the categorical medicine residency or the preliminary medicine residency have opportunities to move on to fellowships in a wide variety of specialties.
We accept 38 residents each year—22 categorical interns and 16 preliminary interns. Internal Medicine Residency program aims include the following:
- provide medical knowledge through patient encounters and didactic sessions to prepare physicians to successfully pass the boards and become competent independent providers who are prepared for unsupervised practice
- provide training to obtain and apply information from patient histories, physical exams, laboratory data, and diagnostic testing to formulate working diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and plans for the evaluation, treatment, and management of medical conditions and comorbidities
- emphasize the interpersonal and communication skills needed to develop patient-centered relationships with patients and families
- enable the progressive development of medical knowledge, including basic science, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and social and behavioral sciences, and apply that knowledge to the care of patients with the goal of lifelong learning
- instill continuous assessment of performance through self-assessment and feedback from supervisors to identify opportunities for improvement
- train physicians to effectively work with the multidisciplinary team and the healthcare system to utilize all available resources to optimize healthcare for patients
- demonstrate commitment to professional responsibility, adherence to ethical principles, and dedication to sensitivity and cultural competency in inpatient care
- provide a support system that allows for personal and professional growth, minimizes burnout, and promotes resilience
Our Internal Medicine Residency program is a leader and innovator in block model ambulatory education. We offer a two-week block of ambulatory clinic, which provides an uninterrupted inpatient and outpatient schedule. Residents can concentrate on their inpatient services or electives, which results in optimal patient care, teamwork, and education.
This dedicated two-week block of ambulatory clinic time permits residents to focus, without interruption, solely on outpatient medicine. Each clinic week, the resident participates in daily didactic workshops and five days of primary care continuity clinic. Residents learn both inpatient and evidence-based ambulatory medicine, as well as a practical approach to clinical practice, billing, and referrals. Our residents appreciate their exposure to the way office-based medicine really works.
Residents also have opportunities to spend half-days in ambulatory subspecialty clinics of their choice based on their fellowship or career goals. Interested residents can elect to spend a half day in the onsite urgent care center or in our sports medicine clinic, in addition to many other subspecialties.
Didactics during the ambulatory clinic blocks include presentations given by subspecialists on various topics related to non–internal medicine primary care disciplines, including dermatology, ophthalmology, podiatry, and otolaryngology. Residents at all levels also present general internal medicine topics with opportunities to review board–relevant questions on a daily basis. We also discuss practical approaches to behavioral medicine issues and advanced patient interviewing skills.
With guidance from a faculty mentor, internal medicine residents are encouraged to tailor their 10 months of elective time toward future professional interests and career goals. Elective rotations provide residents with experience in many ambulatory and inpatient subspecialty medicine areas, including anesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology–oncology, hospitalist medicine, infectious diseases, interventional cardiology, nephrology, neurology, palliative care, perioperative consultation, pulmonary and critical care medicine, radiology, radiation oncology, rheumatology, sports medicine, and urgent care. Electives are also available in administration and leadership and occupational environmental medicine.
Our subspecialty faculty teach and foster residents who rotate on their service. Protected elective research months allow residents with research ambitions to fully focus on developing projects in areas of interest.
The Internal Medicine Residency offers nationally recognized and funded basic science and clinical research opportunities through the many subspecialty divisions in the Department of Medicine, as well as in the other departments. Our residents regularly participate in electives at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and engage in research projects at the Cold Spring Harbor Research Laboratory. Residents collaborate with co-residents and faculty research mentors in research in the specialty or primary care area of their choice.
Internal medicine residents perform basic laboratory, clinical, quality improvement, and other types of research in a longitudinal manner, particularly on ambulatory clinic weeks and during dedicated research months. All residents have opportunities for research built into their schedule. During ambulatory weeks, residents are encouraged to use half days to pursue research projects.
A series of research workshops for residents include topics such as critical appraisal of the literature, statistics, and study design, which residents then apply to their own research projects, as well as during journal clubs, morning reports, and other conferences.
For more information about the Internal Medicine Residency curriculum, please contact Celeste Rachell, residency coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 516-663-8794.