Welcome from the Chairman

On behalf of the faculty and trainees of the Department of Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, I would like to welcome you! We are eager to help you learn more about our Department’s rich array of training opportunities and strong tradition of academic and clinical excellence.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine provides an extraordinary opportunity to care for a highly diverse patient population in a Department with a longstanding history of commitment to the highest standards of medical education, clinical care, research, and community service. The training environment is distinguished by a rich combination of a research-intensive Department of Medicine with an iconic safety net health system and the West Roxbury VA Medical Center.

The training program encourages a broad range of career goals in its trainees and facilitates a customized mix of elective, research, international, and didactic experiences to help house staff identify and pursue their interests. In addition, we offer more intensive training experiences in specific pathways for residents-these include: medical education, urban health/ equities, quality improvement/ patient safety, HIV, medical informatics, global health and a Framingham Heart Study pathway. Importantly our program includes an outstanding primary care track that allows for an enhanced focus on ambulatory training. The leadership of the house staff program is known throughout the country for innovation in medical education and residency training.

The Department’s research programs provide an extraordinary environment for faculty and trainees to work collaboratively in preventing, diagnosing, and treating human disease. The Department’s annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health place it in the top tier of Departments of Medicine in the United States. The Department has internationally renowned research programs in a number of areas. Examples include regenerative medicine, cardiovascular biology and epidemiology, health disparities, pulmonary inflammation and immunology, endocrinology, arthritis, alcohol/substance abuse, genetics, obesity, diabetes, cancer biology, clinical epidemiology, computational biomedicine, preventive medicine, osteoarthritis, amyloidosis, scleroderma, tuberculosis, vasculitis, immune-mediated glomerulonephritis, HIV/AIDS, and sickle cell disease. The most important longitudinal study of cardiac risk factors ever conducted – the Framingham Heart Study, is based in the Preventive Medicine Section of the Department of Medicine. The National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory funded by Boston University, Boston Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health opened in 2014. We have recently opened a very exciting novel center in Implementation and Improvement Science to address new opportunities in discovery and education that are available to our residents and our fellows.

The world-class research programs in the Department foster critical thinking, inquiry, and discovery in the Department’s clinical and educational programs, and create a wide range of meaningful research opportunities for house staff and fellows to work under the attentive mentorship of renowned faculty. The Department is home to a NIH R38 award to support the development of intensive research experiences for trainees. As you will note on our department’s website, our residents have been remarkably successful in carrying out meaningful research projects, some of which have earned departmental research awards!

The leadership and faculty in the Department of Medicine are highly committed to providing a supportive, challenging, and inspiring training experience. We take seriously our obligation to insure that our program continuously adapts to new learning opportunities, the needs of our patients, and the interests of our trainees. Finally, we are strongly devoted to helping our house staff transition successfully to the next stage in their careers. Indeed, our residents are highly successful in competing for the most selective specialty fellowships and practice opportunities in the country Our goal is to ultimately empower our trainees to become exemplary leaders in a diverse range of extraordinary career opportunities in internal medicine.

As you learn more about our training program, we hope you will recognize our faculty’s pride in our residents’ accomplishments, their commitment to our patients and to one another, and their resolve in working collaboratively to continuously improve our residency program. We appreciate your interest in our program and encourage you to contact us if we can provide any additional information.

Best wishes,

Anthony Hollenberg, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Wade Professor and Chair

Department of Medicine