Welcome from the Program Director
Welcome to the Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Boston Medical Center! I am thrilled that you are interested in our program and hope the information you find within this site will help you start to paint a picture of what this training program has to offer.
Every story has to have its beginning, and ours starts with very deep roots in the history of Boston City Hospital and the communities within Boston we have served for nearly 150 years. Our program has a rich tradition of training well-rounded physicians who are able to think critically, act collaboratively and thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment. We take pride in reflecting the long-standing social mission of Boston Medical Center — to serve the people of this city with the most exceptional care, without exception.
If you asked our residents to name one of the strongest characteristics of our program, you would hear one overwhelmingly popular response: diversity. This does not refer just to the diversity of the patient population we serve or the breadth of medical conditions we see – though both are certainly prominent in our program. We also have great diversity in the way we train our residents. In our program, the housestaff cares for patients on both campuses at BMC (the Menino Pavilion and the East Newton Pavilion), as well as in the VA Boston Health System (both inpatient and outpatient sites). Residents also have access to a wide range of ambulatory experiences — through both our network of neighborhood and community health centers, as well as the subspecialty clinical services offered at BMC.
In leading a residency program, it is important to understand that every resident has unique interests and career goals, and we have developed our training program to meet as many of these specifications as possible. By implementing innovative training models, we are able to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of medical education. Over the last three years, we have developed an integrated 3+1 scheduling model, which has created an outstanding inpatient experience for the residents while at the same time, providing broad exposure to both continuity clinic and ambulatory subspecialty medicine. Branching off of the success of our longstanding Primary Care Training Program track, five new pathways will be available for residents to elect into beginning in July 2013. Pathway options under development include Global Health, Urban Health, HIV Care, Medical Educator, and Patient Safety/Quality Improvement. We also utilize the wealth of knowledge in our department’s faculty, creating specific mentorship experiences and offering residents the opportunity to develop and participate in research tailored to their long-term career goals.
Lastly, I cannot talk about our program without highlighting the strong sense of camaraderie that is very apparent here. This is perhaps the most important quality of any training program. From faculty and fellows to administrators and ancillary staff, our residents have a well-established network of people to turn to for support and guidance. We firmly believe that collaborative teaching and learning is the basic foundation for all medical training, and that idea of collegiality is very much alive here at Boston Medical Center.
We greatly appreciate your interest in our program, and as you explore our website, I hope you discover and are inspired by the unique qualities of this training program that inspire us everyday.
Gopal Yadavalli, MD