Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

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The internal medicine residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida is an intensive three-year training program. We offer 9 categorical positions per year and 3 preliminary positions (2 positions reserved for neurology preliminary positions) with a total possible number of thirty residents. We were commended for our outstanding program by the ACGME in our last review in 2010 and received the maximum 5 year accreditation cycle. The goals of the internal medicine residency program are:

  • To provide residents with the skills required to generate a differential diagnosis and manage medical problems within the broad scope of general internal medicine.
  • To foster the development of essential intellectual attributes which will then facilitate growth and development throughout the graduates' career.
  • To promote the delivery of healthcare in a caring, compassionate and professional manner.
  • To facilitate and foster the personal career development of each resident physician in the program.

Every resident here at Cleveland Clinic Florida plays in integral role in daily patient care. Under the supervision of our world-renowned physicians, they diagnose and treat the majority of patients that present to our facility.

Our residents at Cleveland Clinic Florida have proven to be among the best physicians in the country. Our overall ABIM exam-passing rate is 96% the last 3 years, and 100% 3 out of the last 4 years.

Clinical Curriculum

Our year is divided into 26 modules. Each module is 2 weeks in length and residents are assigned a specific rotation.

Name of Rotation Modules
PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3
Inpatient Internal Medicine 15 6 4
Intensive Care Unit 5 4 3
Ambulatory Internal Medicine 3 3 6
Selective*/Elective** 4 6-7 6-7
Night Float 5 4
Consults 2-3 1
Research 2

Selectives

These rotations must be completed during the 3 years of training. They Include: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Pulmonary, Internal Medicine Consult, Neurology, Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Electives

These rotations are not mandatory and can be chosen to suit the resident’s individual interests. They include: Allergy & Immunology, GYN, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rheumatology, Vascular Medicine, Heme/Onc, and Hospitalist Elective. Other rotations are available as well.

Call Frequency

Inpatients Internal Medicine Interns are on call every 6th day until 10pm. There is no overnight call for interns. ICU Call for interns is until 7pm on alternating days, and a nighttime ICU intern will begin at 10pm. Second and third year residents have a Nightfloat system. Every resident will have at least 1 day a week of free of hospital. There is no call during elective/selective or ambulatory rotations for first or third year residents, however second year residents maybe assigned Sunday cross cover calls during these months.

Continuity Clinic

Continuity clinic provides direct ambulatory patient care by assigning the resident as the patient's primary care physician. The resident’s Continuity clinic is run one half day per week. The residents follow their patients through completion of their residency and it allows the residents to be exposed to long-term care issues that are only encountered in the ambulatory setting.

Didactic Curriculum

Our program prides itself on its clinical and its intense didactic education through its wider variety of conferences and board review opportunities.

Noon Conference

These conferences cover a broad range of topics and include our core curriculum, procedural course, and pertinent internal medicine topics from the perspective of different subspecialty faculty. The conferences are held every weekday from noon-1pm and are conducted by board certified physicians. Grand Rounds are held Wednesdays during our noon conference.

Teaching Rounds

Our version of morning report. These are held Tuesday-Friday from 1pm-2pm and are conducted by teaching faculty. The main emphases of these conferences are clinical signs interpretation, differential diagnosis and management. Subspecialty attending are invited for discussion for selected cases. This includes our ambulatory core curriculum conducted during Friday teaching rounds with patient simulation.

Board Review

This is an optional conference led by our program director who is an excellent resource for ABIM exam preparation. These conferences are held daily at 7am. In addition, all third year residents attend the Cleveland Clinic Florida Board Review Course held over 6 days each May.

Journal Clubs/Morbidity and Mortality

Journal Clubs are held at 6 p.m. on the last Thursdays of the month. Second year residents discuss a recent journal article and its implications are discussed with various faculty members. Morbidity and Mortality cases are presented by Third year residents. They occur at noon conference on the second to last Tuesday of every month. Faculties involved in the presented case are included discussion.

Educational Resources

All Residents received the MKSAP Board Review books in their internship year and the Med Study in their third year. Residents also have access to the Goldblatt Medical Library, 24 hours a day. All the computers at Cleveland Clinic Florida have internet access which allows you to use Uptodate.com, MDConsult, Access Medicine and a variety of full-text resources.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have ample opportunities for practices and fellowships.

Board Pass Rate

Our overall ABIM exam-passing rate is 100%. The Internal Medicine Board pass rate is 96% over the past three years (2005, 2006 and 2007 classes).

FAQs

What is the application deadline?

October 29 is our application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications by the end of October because our interview days become filled very quickly.

When do you notify applicants if they will be invited for an interview?

While the Dean’s letter is not released until November 1st, we review applications that are otherwise complete starting in late September and will notify students of interview offers as the applications are reviewed.

When do you begin reviewing applications?

ERAS opens September 1st and our faculty will begin reviewing applications by mid-September. We will begin inviting applicants for interviews (via email) by the middle of October.

Do you waitlist invited applicants for the interview days that are filled?

Yes, we will waitlist.

Why do we require preliminary applicants to apply to both of our preliminary programs?

We require students applying for a one-year preliminary internal medicine internship at Cleveland Clinic Florida to apply to both of our preliminary internship programs. Recruitment for these programs are jointly coordinated and applying to both programs increases the opportunity for each applicant to obtain an internship in our Department.

I have scheduled to interview for a PGY 2 position with another Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Can I interview for my preliminary internal medicine internship on the same day?

We do not offer private interviews outside our scheduled interview days. We do coordinate interviews with the Neurology Departments at Cleveland Clinic Florida on the day of an applicants’ interview with these Departments. Students who participate in these interviews are not required to participate in a separate Department of Internal Medicine Interview day. We do require students participating in these group interviews to submit ERAS application to our preliminary programs.

Should I apply to both the Preliminary and Categorical Programs?

Yes, applicants should apply to both preliminary and categorical programs. Students do not reduce their competitiveness for either program by applying to both.

Is there a medical school graduation cutoff date?

In order to be considered for a position in our program, applicants from medical schools located outside the US and Canada MUST have graduated from medical school in the last 3 years.

Is there a minimum USMLE Step 1 score?

Generally, applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of 85 or higher. However, we do not specifically exclude applicants based on the USMLE score as we carefully consider the entire application and encourage all interested students to submit applications to our residency programs.

Is there a minimum USMLE Step 2 CK score?

Generally, applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 CK on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of 85 or higher. However, we do not specifically exclude applicants based on the USMLE score as we carefully consider the entire application and encourage all interested students to submit applications to our residency programs.

Do I have to pass USMLE Step 2 CS?

Applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.

Do I have to take USMLE Step 3?

USMLE Step 3 is not required to apply.

Do I have to submit both Step 1 and Step 2 before you consider my application for interview?

No, we will review your application if you have submitted only the results of Step 1. However, we are required to have both Step 1 and Step 2 results on file for every intern who matches with our training programs before they begin intern floor rotations on June 21.

What are the minimum COMLEX score requirements for graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools?

Applicants must pass COMLEX step 1 and step 2 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have COMLEX scores in the top 25 percentile.

Is US Clinical experience required for IMG’s?

A minimum of 6 months of hands-on direct clinical experience in a US or Canadian accredited teaching hospital. We will not interview candidates who have not obtained this required clinical experience. Observership without direct clinical responsibility do not meet this criteria.

Visas

  • Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Office of Graduate Medical Education.
  • All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation (around June 12 yearly).
  • J1 Visa: We encourage J1 visas for eligible matched applicants. We refer matched interns to the ECFMG website regarding all the necessary paperwork.
  • H1-b Visa: Should you be eligible for H1-b visa, we will refer you to a legal office regarding the necessary paperwork.

Do you sponsor H1-b Visas?

Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by the Graduate Medical Education. All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation (around June 12 yearly). Should you be eligible for H1-b visa, we will refer you to a legal office regarding the necessary paperwork.

Do you require an ECFMG certificate when I apply to your training program?

You must be eligible for an ECFMG Certificate in order to apply. We require that you submit your ECGMG certificate through ERAS BEFORE February 1st. We are required to have an ECFMG certificate on file for every IMG intern who matches with our training programs.

How many total residents in your training programs?

We have 1 Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. During academic year 2011-2012, we have a total of 30 interns and residents.

PGY1=12; PGY2=9; PGY3=9

  1. Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency = 9 categorical resident
  2. Internal Medicine Preliminary-Neurology = 2 intern residents
  3. Internal Medicine Preliminary-Medicine = 1intern resident

What percentage of your residents are IMG’s that are training during the Academic Year 2011-2012 in your residency programs?

Six of our residents (80%) are graduates of international medical schools.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, please contact:

Cleveland Clinic Florida
Graduate Medical Education
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, Florida 33331

Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine
Phone: 954.659.5884 or 866.293.7866
Fax: 954.659.5622
Email: imprg@ccf.org