Emma Coleman, DO, PG-Y1

Medical School:
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth

Without a doubt, the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program has far exceeded my expectations. During my residency search, it was important to find a program where residents were not only happy, but genuinely enthusiastic about their clinical training and educational experience. I also wanted to train in a program with a diverse patient population and diverse pathology. It was important that the program offer clinical research opportunities and have a track record of supporting residents' careers goals, whether this meant pursuing a fellowship, becoming a hospitalist or entering a general internal medicine practice.

I have discovered first hand those criteria not only were met but surpassed. The residents at Cleveland Clinic are incredibly supportive of one another and I am continually appreciative of my co-residents who go out of their way to help in both the hospital and clinic. The residents are also engaged in their own education. This was a striking feature that stood out to me on interview day and continues to be evident as a resident. The faculties at Cleveland Clinic are world-class educators and clinicians, and I am confident that my training here will enable me to provide outstanding care no matter where I practice. Additionally, there are countless opportunities for residents to pursue research in numerous disciplines. It is a privilege to be able to work with outstanding residents and program faculty on a daily basis.

Besides the outstanding residency program, the city of Cleveland has also been a wonderful new place to call home. It has been exciting exploring the city. My husband and I especially enjoy attending local festivals, farmers markets and navigating the trail system. Please feel free to contact me with questions you may have about the program, my experience as resident or as someone who is new to the city of Cleveland.

Donelle Cummings, MD, PGY-3

Medical School:
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Choosing to pursue residency training in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was an extension of a phenomenal educational experience as a student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. As an alumnus of the medical school, I was quite familiar with the Cleveland Clinic system and was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to advance to a position within the residency program. As a medical student, I chose to come to the Cleveland Clinic for its renowned faculty, numerous research opportunities, and focus on patient-centered care. My educational experience was enriched by these factors, and they ultimately influenced my desire to seek residency training here.

Making a decision on where to pursue residency training is daunting, as this choice absolutely affects the trajectory of one's career as a physician. Selecting a program that fits your academic, professional and personal goals is a challenge. Bearing my experiences as medical student in mind, I knew that there were few institutions available that could provide a solid training experience in an environment with as many expert staff members, nationally-ranked subspecialties, and cutting-edge facilities. Furthermore, during my years as a medical student, I developed a real fondness for Cleveland, Ohio - its sense of community, its history, its world-class cultural and academic institutions, and even its professional sports teams. For these reasons, I felt that the residency program at the Cleveland Clinic was a very good fit for my educational, professional, and personal goals. I am very pleased to pursue residency training at the Cleveland Clinic and hopefully grow my career as a physician in Northeast Ohio.

Andrea Fialho, MD, PGY-3

Medical School:
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Choosing a residency program is a difficult decision. Your residency training will impact the way you practice medicine forever. Cleveland Clinic was one of the many hospitals I interviewed at and I was not mistaken when I ranked it on the top of my list.

Why did I choose to come to Cleveland Clinic? First of all, I wanted a program that would help me became the best clinician I can be. At the Cleveland Clinic you deal with very complex patients who are usually very sick. On top of that you have the most advanced resources only one click away, so you will always be learning and giving your patients the most up to date treatment. All this is combined with the brilliant minds you have as attendings and co-residents – the combination is simply a great learning experience.

I have dedicated a significant part of my life to research and I wanted a residency program that would allow me to continue to do research in whatever field I choose. The research opportunities here are simply innumerable in every field, no matter what subspecialty you are interested in. You may even choose to do a research track if this is your career choice.

I also wanted a residency program that would provide me with enough resources to pursue a fellowship. This is the 4th Best Hospital in the country, and all specialties in Internal Medicine are ranked among the best in the nation. You will always be learning from the best experts here.

I guess until now everything I said is very standard – everyone wants a residency program that provides great training, research opportunities and a good fellowship placement. This program has something else to it: the friendly atmosphere. And I have to say Cleveland Clinic exceeded my expectations in this point. This is a Top Hospital, so you would think that the environment is very competitive right? Well this is not the case. Residents have great camaraderie between them and also with the attendings. You actually like to go to work. Everyone here is willing to step aside from what they are doing to help you, even if it’s with directions in this huge institution. Aside from that, there are different tracks including the VA track and the Hospitalist track so that you can always shape your career in to what suits you best.

I also enjoy the fact that there is a multicultural and diverse population among patients and Cleveland Clinic employees. I myself am from Brazil and I have felt very welcome here along with my husband, who is also a first year resident. There are many international patients, residents and attendings and I think this adds to the friendliness of the environment, enriches the residency experience and makes Cleveland Clinic unique.

By now you have already noticed that I am very fond of this program and I really believe that it provides its residents with outstanding residency training. Come see for yourself if this program meets your needs. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Pamela Leone, MD, MPH, PGY-2

Medical School:
University Of Miami LM Miller School Of Medicine

When I tell most people I had never lived outside of Miami, Florida before coming to Cleveland, their immediate and stunned reaction is “This is definitely not Miami!” I must admit, I was pretty terrified at leaving but looking back, it has been the best decision I ever made.

Deciding on a residency program may seem like the most daunting undertaking you have experienced, even more so than it was choosing a medical school, at least that’s how I felt! However, I assure you the choice you make will be the right fit for you and your future career path (don’t worry, I never believed others who told me that either!). Cleveland Clinic was one of many excellent programs with whom I interviewed and I can proudly say I matched at my number 1 choice. I ranked Cleveland Clinic number 1 simply because I felt it was the best overall and the best for me, in numerous ways. I sought out a program that places strong emphasis on patient-centered care, serves a large and diverse community, and fosters mentoring relationships between residents and faculty. A program that offers exposure to the various subspecialties of internal medicine with the ultimate goal of obtaining the most well rounded training possible in order to become a superior physician and future subspecialist. The Cleveland Clinic possesses all of these attributes in abundance and more!

It is on a daily basis that I am excited by the outstanding clinical practices, superb teaching and world class comprehensive care that is standard at this amazing institution. If you have any questions about our program or about choosing a residency program overall (even one that is far from your warm home), please do not hesitate to contact me. I am wholly positive your expectations will be met and exceeded, just as mine have, should you come see our program!

Anne Meier, PGY-2

Medical School:
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

When it came down to making a decision about where to go for residency, most programs seemed very similar to me. What made Cleveland Clinic stand were the opportunities it presented in research and clinical experience. The scope and complexity of cases present at Cleveland Clinic are difficult to match, and I knew that continuing my medical education at CCF would allow me to learn from a wide variety of common and rare cases. I knew I would (and have been able to) work side by side with some of the top clinicians in the country.

However, after a few months of my intern year here, I’ve found the reasons why I’m glad I matched at Cleveland Clinic differ slightly from why I initially chose to complete residency here. Despite it’s large size, there is an incredible feeling of community among the residents in the program, especially my co-intern class. I entered the program unsure of what to think of the large size, and it now feel as though it is getting smaller every day. I have been fortunate to make great friends within my class and I truly appreciate the atmosphere of support present among all my co-residents. There are frequent lectures and interactive case studies presented by senior residents. The attending physicians have been friendly and approachable, and I have to yet to meet one who would not stop what they are doing to answer any questions a resident may have.

There are a wide variety of electives available, including the opportunity to take time to complete research, without extending residency. There are still floor and clinic months providing residents with the experience necessary to be successful in general internal medicine, however, we also have a generous amount of time within our schedule to explore other specialties. In general, I have felt the freedom to make patient care decisions independently while still feeling as though I have a large amount of support and guidance from my seniors and faculty members.

Living in Cleveland has been a pleasant surprise. Having been born and raised in Michigan, I am no stranger to the Midwest, however I definitely considered residency as an opportunity to explore other regions. I did not choose Cleveland Clinic for it’s geographical location, but I have discovered that it is actually a fun city, full of history and character. There are always plenty of events to attend, or interesting places to check out. One of the things I appreciate most about living here is the atmosphere of change. Cleveland has been growing and has changed dramatically from what it was even just a few years ago. New restaurants and shops are opening frequently, and there are plenty of outdoor activities, including a national park, within close driving distance.

I cannot speak for other internal medicine programs, as I have not experienced them first hand, but I can say that I am genuinely happy I made the decision to come to Cleveland Clinic. It has been a great experience so far, and I am already looking forward to meeting the next year of outstanding incoming residents to come here.

Kelly Paschke, DO, PGY-1

Medical School:
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

During the application process for residency, I realized the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program was special. Cleveland Clinic offered great opportunities to learn through exposure to complex, unique patient cases. Cleveland Clinic also provided world-class healthcare to a diverse population, from patients in the surrounding rural and urban communities to those who travel across the world for care.

One aspect of the program that stood out to me was the strong atmosphere of learning, fostered by staff physicians who are committed to resident education. It was important for me to find a program where I would be challenged and my curiosity would be welcomed. The numerous opportunities for resident research helped to assure this. With encouragement from the program, residents are able to find mentors and experience innovative research within their area of interest. For me, the opportunity to be involved in research was an important factor in choosing the Cleveland Clinic.

Having grown up in the Cleveland area, I was thrilled about the opportunity to move back home. Cleveland is a city of many cultural influences with a diverse population of individuals. Since moving back, the vibrant regrowth of the downtown area and surrounding communities has been apparent. I enjoy exploring new neighborhoods and districts across the greater Cleveland area. Cleveland offers museums, a great orchestra, unique restaurants, and an excellent park system where it is possible to actively explore the outdoors.

At this point in my residency training, I could not imagine being anywhere other than the Cleveland Clinic. I am confident the program is providing me with a strong foundation in Internal Medicine with broad exposure to subspecialties. The strong emphasis on teamwork and support from fellow residents has helped create a positive experience for me. Overall, the program has been outstanding.

Nancy Vu, PGY-3

Medical School:
University of Utah School of Medicine

I am a Utah native from Salt Lake City. I graduated with a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Utah before joining the university medical school. Training to become an excellent physician prepared for the future of health care was important for me in choosing a residency program. The geniality and collegiality of the residents, the palpable support from the internal medicine department, and the cutting-edge, high impact care given by the Cleveland Clinic was what stood out to me in deciding which program would put me on the right path. As a current resident, I am regularly impressed by all three. My careers goals are to practice primary care/preventative medicine locally and internationally.

While outside the hospital, my favorite things to do are to explore the metroparks and new mountain bike trails in the Emerald Necklace encircling the city. I enjoy skiing, outdoor patio sitting, baking lasagnas, and planning adventures with friends and family.

Allison Winter, MD, PGY-3

Medical School:
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina

Applying for residency is overwhelming. How do you know what to look for in a program? How do you rank programs especially when most programs claim to have such similar attributes? Unfortunately, I can’t answer that for you. But I can tell you what mattered most to me. I wanted a program that would challenge me on a daily basis, where I would be pushed by my staff and even my peers. Because, if you think about it, three years is actually a pretty short period of time and then you are on your own making decisions without anyone looking over your shoulder. Since beginning residency at the Cleveland Clinic there has not been one day where I have not been challenged. I am consistently taking care of complex patients, both in terms of rare disorders as well as patients with “bread and butter” problems, but many of them co-existing and complicating the others. With these complex patients there is not always a straightforward right-or-wrong answer to their problems. These difficult clinical scenarios are learning opportunities that you could never get out of a book. I am confident that after three years of these opportunities, I will have the skill set to handle the difficult questions that arise in the future.

I was also attracted to this program because I am interested in pursuing a fellowship. At Cleveland Clinic you get a strong foundation in general medicine as well as a strong foundation in the subspecialties, often working with leaders in the fields. When applying I knew that I wanted a place where residents were not just encouraged to do research, but where opportunities were not difficult to find. That is certainly the case here. During my second month of residency I already had a staff member offer me a research opportunity without me even asking!

I have to admit, the idea of living in Cleveland made me a little nervous. But I honestly think it is an extremely under-rated city. The affordability is unparalleled. I have a whole house and backyard and enough left over to actually enjoy the city – festivals, sporting games, restaurants and more. And with a program as big as this one, you can always find someone not at the hospital to go enjoy it with. Our program is very diverse with great minds from all over the world - - great minds and great people. We work well together at the hospital and then have fun together outside of the hospital.