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.



Conferences are a supplemental portion of our curriculum, as residents often learn the most from their rotational experiences.  Therefore, given that residents are adult learners, we feel it is important to provide an engaging and interactive conference experience.  And, many of the conferences we offer accomplish this goal.  To read more about the conferences we offer please explore below.

Unique Educational Experiences

Coaching Program: The Resident Coaching Program’s (RCP) goal is to promote residents’ awareness of their growth and development, enhance resiliency, 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 series of small group interactive educational sessions to enhance resilience, empathy, teamwork, and communication skills. Learn More.


  • 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. Learn More.
  • Modified Problem-Based Learning Curriculum (mPBL): mPBL’s focus is on self-directed learning and the discussion of 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.
  • High-Value Care Conference (HVC): The goal of HVC conference is to increase resident awareness of value, quality, and cost consciousness. This case-based conference utilizes evidence-based guidelines and small group discussions to identify the value being provided to the patient. Learn More about HVC & Other Quality/Patient Safety Conferences.
  • Learn more about some of the additional conferences we offer.
Fellowship Match

Fellowship Match

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

2018 Fellowship Match

Cardiology (4)

  • Baylor Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • University of Florida
  • Yale University

Dermatology (1)

  • Orange Park Medical Center

Endocrinology (4)

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic (2)
  • University of Michigan

Gastroenterology/Hepatology (6)

  • Cleveland Clinic (2)
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Kansas City University Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic (Arizona)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Hematology/Oncology (9)

  • Cleveland Clinic (2)
  • Indiana University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • NIH—National Cancer Center (2)
  • New York University
  • University of Pittsburgh

Pulmonology/Critical Care (8)

  • Cleveland Clinic (3)
  • CWRU—MetroHealth
  • Emory University
  • Loyola University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Thomas Jefferson University

Rheumatology (1)

  • Cleveland Clinic

Medical Education (1)

  • National Clinician Scholar—University of Pennsylvania

General Internal Medicine Jobs (19)

  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Network
  • Cleveland Clinic (13)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • University of Rochester
  • Utah Regional Hospitalist Group
  • Skyline Medical Center

View the Fellowship Match archive

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 an Annual Resident Research Poster Session.  You may read more about the scholarly activity, research support, lectures, or annual poster session at the links below.