Letter from the Program Director

Dear Applicant,

Photo of Susan WolfsthalThank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine training programs at the University of Maryland. This web site describes our philosophy for postgraduate education and the structure and content of the curriculum. We offer several training programs:

  • 3-year categorical IM
  • Research Pathway (2 years IM followed by fellowship as physician scientist)
  • 1-year preliminary IM
  • 1-year preliminary IM linked to Neurology at UMMC
  • International Scholars (categorical and preliminary) - Only for SACM sponsored candidates
  • 4-year Med-Peds
  • 5-year EMIM with optional Critical Care fellowship in years 5-6

Our residents participate in a well-rounded core curriculum in general and subspecialty internal medicine with an excellent balance of ambulatory and inpatient experiences. They assume complete responsibility for the inpatient and outpatient care of their patients under the supervision of faculty who are expert clinicians and have achieved prominence across the broad spectrum of internal medicine.  With a clinical schedule that emphasizes wellness, is structured in an X+Y format and has dedicated conference time, our residents have ample opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment and have time for friends and family.

Residents receive training in evidence based medicine, epidemiology, teaching and team management skills, research design, ethics, palliative care, business of medicine, clinical reasoning, and a cost consciousness approach to clinical practice. They also participate in simulation and ultrasound sessions to enhance their procedural technique. Hence, they develop the prerequisite skills to become general internists and subspecialty fellows. Our residents are part of an enthusiastic educational environment that is designed to enhance academic curiosity, foster excellence in clinical and teaching skills, and promote research.

We are committed to ensuring our residents have strong mentoring.  Through both individual faculty and group mentoring, our residents receive guidance to reach their career goals in either subspecialty fellowships, hospital medicine, primary care and global health.  Annual educational retreats along with workshops that are held throughout the year cover many topics, such as career timelines, collaborative research projects, applying and interviewing for fellowships, academic CVs, and applying for hospital medicine and primary care jobs, among others. 

Our graduates have a reputation for being of high quality and are actively sought by fellowship programs throughout the country and by hospitalist programs and private practices. Our track record in securing top fellowship positions for our residents is outstanding. Most of our graduates who enter primary care or hospital medicine stay within the local area or region, often becoming preceptors and mentors for future generations of Maryland students and residents.

We are proud to serve and care for the underserved people of Baltimore and work to address health care disparities.  Our residents care for patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center, a downtown community hospital. In addition, our residents attend ambulatory practices at hospital and community sites and private offices throughout Baltimore, its suburbs and optional rural sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore. By receiving their training in a tertiary care academic hospital, a VA and a community hospital and at a variety of ambulatory sites, our residents develop skills to care for patients with a broad mix of illnesses and socioeconomic backgrounds in a multiplicity of clinical settings.

A wonderful strength of our program is the camaraderie among our residents. Their spirit and enthusiasm are evident not only in their interactions at conferences and in their mutual support in their clinical work, but also in their friendships outside the hospital.  They truly are the joy of our Department. 

I invite you to tour the rest of our web site and submit an ERAS application to the University of Maryland. You can reach us at [email protected]. I look forward to meeting you and to talking to you about your interests.

Sincerely,

Susan D. Wolfsthal, M.D.

Susan D. Wolfsthal, M.D.
Celeste L. Woodward Professor in Humanitarian and Ethical Practice
Associate Chair for Education
Director, Residency Training Program