Program Structure

Program Structure

Categorical Track: The traditional residency program structure. Carried out through the 4+1 model. Residents have inpatient, consult, elective, and longitudinal clinic experiences over the course of 3 years. Learn more about the Categorical Track structure.

Clinician-Educator Track: Designed for residents interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine with a focus on medical education. This track promotes the acquisition of skills needed to effectively teach and assess learners, develop new curricula, and disseminate scholarly work. Learn More.

Hospital Medicine Track: Categorical Track with dedicated 2-month inpatient medicine block. Designed for residents interested in inpatient focused careers. Learn More.

Primary Care Track: Allows for additional dedicated ambulatory experience. Designed for residents who wish to prepare for practice in an ambulatory setting within the community or academic setting. Unique experience in practice improvement and unique models of care.  Learn More.

VA Track: As a Categorical Resident, you have the option to participate in the VA Center of Excellence Track. This track is designed for physicians with an interest in health care systems, quality improvement, patient safety, and interprofessional collaboration. Unique opportunities include protected time for the creation and implementation of Quality Improvement projects, Yellow belt certification in Lean Six Sigma process improvement training, bioethics and health care humanities and a number of customizable ambulatory clinical experiences.  Learn more about the VA Track structure.

Learn more about completing your Preliminary Year at Cleveland Clinic’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

The Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program experience allows for residents to experience each of the sub-specialties in a variety of settings to help build the well-rounded physicians of tomorrow.  If you would like more information regarding the schedule structure and rotations available please explore the links below.  

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

There are many opportunities for community involvement should you wish to participate.  Many of these opportunities exist within minutes of main campus.  To learn more about some of the opportunities available please explore the links below.



Our innovative didactic curriculum supplements the hands-on clinical experiences that are the core of residency education. We provide engaging and interactive conference experiences that are designed for adult learners.

Resident Conferences

To maximize time and continuity in the clinical environment, we adopted an academic half day didactic model for our interns. We gather for three hours each week for lunch, intern-led case conference, and teaching and workshops by our distinguished CCF faculty and fellows. This time is protected from all clinical obligations—no pages, no admissions, no patient appointments.

During longitudinal continuity clinic (LCC) week every 5 weeks, both seniors and interns have two half days of dedicated education that includes FRAME, reverse journal club, problem-based learning, skill workshops, QI and ambulatory care curriculum.

Noon conferences provide additional opportunities for learning (and lunch!). To learn more about our conferences, explore below.

View a Sample Weekly Conference Schedule

  • Esteemed Educator Series: Invited Department Chairs and Professors across all departments at CCF and Visiting Professors from around the country deliver noon lectures to our IM residents on their area of expertise and latest updates in the field.
  • Clinical Reasoning Conference: A highly engaging conference series utilizing game-based instruction, interactive small-group discussion, and large group exercises to allow residents to reflect on clinical cases that highlight cognitive biases and examine we think.
  • High-Value Care Conference: This case-based conference utilizes evidence-based guidelines and small group discussions to increase resident awareness of value, quality, and cost consciousness. Learn More about Quality/Patient Safety Curriculum.
  • Medicine Grand Rounds: Selected faculty and invited speakers provide both faculty and residents with updates and expertise in medicine and its subspecialties.
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference: M&M examines adverse patient outcomes to identify areas of improvement within a safe and supportive environment with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
  • Journal Club: We practice “reverse” Journal Club where senior residents are presented with only the clinical question from a published article. Our faculty lead discussion of investigational methods as residents design their own ideal study as a group. Finally we review and discuss the published article to see how it stacks up.
  • Intern Survival Series: A favorite for the first three months of intern year, academic half day is a dedicated crash course in inpatient medicine to kick off residency, including inpatient emergencies, common complaints, diagnostic interpretation, and the famed MICU bootcamp.
  • Skill Workshops: Residents hone skills with rapid fire workshops including advanced interpretation of ECGs, acid/base disturbances, chest radiographs, Na disturbances, PFTs, designing a research poster presentation, and more.
  • Board Review: In the spring we begin board review series on Fridays with lunch for senior residents to cover high yield pearls and tips for the ABIM test.

Longitudinal Educational Experiences

  • Coaching Program: The Resident Coaching Program’s goal is to promote residents’ awareness of their growth and development, set and achieve professional goals, and improve trainee confidence in their own self-assessment and self-directed learning. Learn More.
  • FRAME: Foundations of Resident Assessment, Mentorship, and Emotional intelligence (FRAME) is an innovative conference designed to enhance resilience, empathy, teamwork, and communication skills. Learn More.
  • Modified Problem-Based Learning: PBL’s focus is on resident-directed learning objectives derived from a clinical case in the presence of a multidisciplinary team of experts. The learning is resident led with faculty facilitation focused on building on the resident’s knowledge and skills. Learn More.
  • Back to the Bedside: Physical Exam Series: Residents practice focused examinations under the direction of faculty members.
  • Career Development: Residents learn how to find mentors and explore career paths as they prepare for job or fellowship applications. We provide CV review, mock interviews, personal statement workshops, fellowship director panels and more.
  • Quality Improvement Curriculum

Embedded Curriculum

All inpatient rotations and most consult rotations have their own resident-specific conference series to deliver timely, high-yield topics to small groups of residents on service. On additional clinic and consult electives, our residents are invited and encouraged to attend subspecialty teaching conferences with fellows and faculty.

Fellowship Match

Fellowship Match

Graduates of our program remain competitive in fellowship and job application.

2020 Fellowship Match

Allergy/Immunology (1)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cardiology (20)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation x2
  • Baylor University
  • Indiana University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California - Irvine
  • University of Colorado
  • University Hospitals x2
  • University of Iowa x2
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas - Houston
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Tufts University
  • Loyola University
  • Advocate Aurora - Milwaukee
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

Critical Care (2)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Yale

Endocrinology (1)

  • Rush University

Gastroenterology/Hepatology (9)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Mount Sinai
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Mississippi

Hematology and Oncology (10)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation x 3
  • University of Kansas
  • Northwestern University
  • Duke University
  • Indiana University
  • Wayne State University
  • University at Buffalo
  • Vanderbilt University

Infectious Disease (2)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Emory

Palliative Medicine (1)

  • MD Andersen

Pulmonology/Critical Care Medicine (3)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University Hospitals

Rheumatology (2)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • University of Texas – Houston

Vascular Medicine (1)

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Research/Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity is a cornerstone of Cleveland Clinic's mission and an integral part of each internal medicine resident's clinical training.  We offer a robust scholarly activity program with research support and didactics which culminates in national presentations, publications, and awards.  You may read more about the scholarly activity program, research support, lectures, or annual poster session at the links below.




Cory Chevalier, MD
Cory Chevalier, MD,
Director of Wellness & Wellbeing

Improving and enhancing the wellness and well-being of our internal medicine residents is a priority of our internal medicine residency program. We aim to ensure residents have the best possible support for avoiding burnout and depression, while enhancing a work-life balance and career satisfaction. In order to show our commitment to resident wellness and health, we have established a Director of Wellness and Wellbeing to help carry out this mission and work alongside the other directors to nurture this culture. I look forward to working together with all of our residents in building a community which supports a culture of physical, emotional, social, and professional wellbeing, while also fostering connections not only with our patients but also with each other.

Current Initiatives

Physical Wellbeing:

  • Collaborate to ensure access to 9 fitness centers around Cleveland, including 3 that are on campus.
  • Physical fitness events that take place at our fitness centers and beyond.
  • Work to ensure every resident has a “fast track” easy way to sign up for a primary care physician in a location that works for them.

Emotional Wellbeing:

  • Provide early introduction to our Caring for Caregivers resources, which can help with personal and work-related stresses in a compassionate and confidential way.
  • Work alongside our FRAME small group sessions to build strong relationships within the program and discussion and normalize the struggles that we all share.
  • Opportunities to share gratitude and support for your fellow residents and teams within the hospital and clinic.

Professional Wellbeing:

  • Wellness Wednesday walking rounds where we visit residents on the floors, support wellness with weekly messages, check in on overall wellbeing of the resident teams, and provide healthy snacks.
  • Representation on institute and hospital committees to continue to grow the culture of wellness and advocate for residents at every level.

Social Wellbeing:

  • Wellness groups to support resident hobbies outside of work such as running group, movie group, cooking group.
  • Resident gatherings both within Internal Medicine and including all of the residents at Cleveland Clinic at locations such as restaurants, parks, sporting events.
  • Starting 2018 will start our resident talent show!