The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida is an intensive three-year training program. We offer 9 categorical positions per year and 4 preliminary positions (2 positions reserved for neurology preliminary positions) with a total number of thirty-one residents. We were commended for our outstanding program by the ACGME in our last review in 2010 and received the maximum 10 year accreditation cycle.
The goals of the internal medicine residency program are:
- To provide residents with the skills required to generate a comprehensive 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 through lifelong learning.
- 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 100% the last 3 years, and our residents consistently score in the top 95% in the ACP In-Training Exam.
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|
|Inpatient Internal Medicine||15||6||4|
|Intensive Care Unit||5||4||3|
|Ambulatory Internal Medicine||3||3||6|
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.
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, Anesthesia, Radiology, Rheumatology, Vascular Medicine, Heme/Onc, and Hospitalist Elective. Other rotations are available as well.
Inpatients Internal Medicine Interns are on call every 3rd day until 7pm. There is no overnight call for interns. ICU Call for interns is until 7 pm on alternating day s, and a nighttime ICU intern will begin at 6pm. Second and third year residents have a Night float system. Every resident will have at least 1 day a week off. There is no call during elective/selective or ambulatory rotations for first year residents.
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 and daily for 6-8 weeks throughout each year. 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.
Our program prides itself on its clinical and its intense didactic education through its wider variety of conferences and board review opportunities.
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.
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.
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 monthly. 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 monthly. Faculties involved in the presented case are included discussion.
All Residents received the MKSAP Board Review books in their internship year and 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, MDConsult, Access Medicine and a v variety of full text resources.
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 (2012, 2013, and 2014).
Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective April 1, 2017:
|Grad Level||Current Pay Rate|
Paid Time Away: Vacation, Maternity, & Paternity
- Vacation – 3 weeks (15 working days) provided at the beginning of each academic year
- Maternity – 6 weeks paid leave for natural childbirth or adoption; 8 weeks for cesarean section. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Paternity – 2 week paid leave. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Healthcare – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 50% of annual Healthcare Plans for Clinical Trainees and their families. Effective on the first day of training with no waiting period.
- Dental and Vision Care – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 100% of annual Dental and Vision Care Plans for Clinical Trainees.
- Maternity Care – 100% coverage is provided through the health care plan that you select within the plans guidelines.
- Pharmaceuticals – As outlined by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Plan.
- Malpractice – Paid by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Florida. Limited to activities within the training program.
- Life Insurance – $25,000 term group policy.
Travel Privileges and Other Education Activities
Senior residents, chief residents and fellows in ACGME and NON-ACGME programs that meet eligibly criteria as outlined in the Graduate Physicians Manual may be approved to attend academic meetings for the purpose of presenting or engaging in leadership roles within national societies will be eligible up to 5 days per academic year with a maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per academic year.
- Book Allowance – A $250 educational allowance per year is available to all clinical residents/fellows. Primary use is for textbooks.
- On-call Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Paid by Cleveland Clinic Florida when on in house night call.
- Membership – ACP membership paid for by the program.
- Cell phones – Apple iPhone provided to all residents.
- Uniforms – Supplied by Cleveland Clinic Florida.
All applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We consider applicants with USMLE scores of 220 and above or COMLEX scores of 550 and above. All applicants are encouraged to rotate in our facility either in internal medicine or in a subspecialty.
Categorical Application Requirements (3 years training)
We offer the Categorical Internal Medicine, Preliminary Medicine and Neurology Preliminary Training Programs:
Cleveland Clinic Florida Internal Medicine - Categorical
NRMP # 1383140C0 ACGME ID # 1401121528 (9 Total Positions)
Cleveland Clinic Florida Internal Medicine - Preliminary
NRMP # 1383140P1 ACGME ID # 1401121528 (1 Total Position)
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Neurology Preliminary
NRMP # 1383140P0 - ACGME ID # (2 Total Positions)
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program, and we do not accept any applicants outside of the match.
We strongly encourage applicants interested in categorical internal medicine training to apply to our programs and learn the unique features of the program through the interview process.
Our Residency Program provides outstanding clinical training and academic opportunities for students interested in a career in internal medicine whether it is as a practicing or academic General Internist or to proceed on to fellowship.
In order to learn the unique features of our categorical program, applicants selected for interviews are encouraged to participate in our interview day. We can provide information on accommodation and transportation for interview days to minimize travel expense.
Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We do not accept applications via FAX, email or postal services.
- ERAS Common Application Form
- Curriculum Vitae
- Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
- A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Photograph (optional, but preferred to track applicants after interviews)
- Medical School Transcripts
- USMLE Transcripts or COMLEX Transcripts
IMG Applicant Requirements
A minimum of 2-6 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. Observerships without direct clinical responsibility do not meet this criteria.
- All applicants who match with us are responsible for all visa fees
- Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by their Program Director and 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.
- 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.
- Passed USMLE Step I & II Knowledge test on the first attempt
- Passed USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills on the first attempt
- SMLE Step 3 is not required to apply
- Fluent in spoken and written English
- You must be eligible for an ECFMG Certificate in order to apply. We require that you submit your ECGMG certificate through ERAS BEFORE February 1. We are required to have an ECFMG certificate on file for every IMG intern who matches with our training programs.
Osteopathic Medicine Graduates
Applicants from AOA-approved osteopathic medical schools are encouraged to apply. Any resident selected will be allowed to fulfill AOA requirements for licensure.
Application Review and Interview Selection Procedures
- We only accept application materials through ERAS (see how to apply)
- October 15 is our application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications ASAP because our interview days become filled very quickly.
- Invitations to interview are sent by email.
- Applicants who will not be offered an interview will be notified by email.
- Interviews will take place October and extend thru January.
- We will be unable to interview applicants who appear without an interview appointment.
General Information About ERAS
If you are graduating or have graduated from a U.S. medical school, you must contact your medical school's student affairs office or other designated dean’s office. Your dean’s office will provide you with the information and the software for ERAS. If you are graduating or have graduated from a Canadian medical students, please contact the Canadian Resident Matching Service, phone 613.237.0075, for ERAS processing information, or write to:
Canadian Resident Matching Service
151 Slater Street, Suite 802
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P-5H3
If you are graduating or have graduated from a foreign medical school, you must contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for application materials and eligibility requirement. Write to:
P.O. Box 13467
Philadelphia PA 19104-3467
The Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Program interview day will be held at:
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Jagelman Conference Center
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, FL 33331
- Evening prior to Interview Day
- 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Carolina Ale House 2618 Weston Road, FL 33331 - 954.217.1233
- Interview Day
- 7:00 a.m: Board Review (Optional) - Jagelman Room 3 or 4
- 7:45 a.m.: Distribution of Packet and Breakfast
- 8 - 9 a.m.: Introduction to program from PD/APD & Chief Resident
- 9 - 11 a.m.: 2 Individual Interviews
- 11 - 11:45 a.m.: Tours, Discussion with House staff
- 12 - 1 p.m.: Core Curriculum Conference
- 1- 2 p.m.: Teaching Rounds
- Day Finishes
- 2:00 p.m.: Wrap-up - a very informal session and does not include a formal presentation. The chief resident, Program Director and Program Coordinator will be available to answer any additional questions. Your Interview Survey and NRMP Benefit Acknowledgement will be collected.
From Miami: Take I-75 north to Exit 15 / Royal Palm Boulevard (old Arvida Parkway). At the traffic light make a left (south) onto Weston Road. Proceed a quarter of a mile and at the traffic light, make a left onto Cleveland Clinic Boulevard.
From the Florida Turnpike: Take the turnpike to I-595 west. Proceed to I-75 south to Exit 15 / Royal Palm Boulevard (old Arvida Parkway). At the traffic light make a left (south) onto Weston Road. Proceed a quarter of a mile and at the traffic light, make a left onto Cleveland Clinic Boulevard.
From West Palm Beach: Take I-95 south to SW 10th Street. Turn right onto SW 10th Street and continue through toll booth. Continue for approximately 23 miles, expressway becomes I-75. Take Exit 15 / Royal Palm Boulevard (old Arvida Parkway). At the traffic light make a left (south) onto Weston Road. Proceed a quarter of a mile and at the traffic light, make a left onto Cleveland Clinic Boulevard.
From I-95: Take I-95 to I-595 west to I-75 south to Exit 15 / Royal Palm Boulevard (old Arvida Parkway). At the traffic light make a left (south) onto Weston Road. Proceed a quarter of a mile and at the traffic light, make a left onto Cleveland Clinic Boulevard.
From Naples: Take I-75 south to Exit 22 / Glades Parkway East (old Arvida Parkway). Follow this to Weston Road (5 1/2 to 6 miles). At the traffic light make a right (south) onto Weston Road. Proceed a quarter of a mile and at the traffic light, make a left onto Cleveland Clinic Boulevard.
The David G. Jagelman, M.D. Conference Center entrance is on the North side of the campus, look for water fountains. Parking is complimentary in Lot H.
Below is some information on local hotel. I encourage you to make your reservations early since interviews are during our busy season. We have provided a special room rate offered for guest of Cleveland Clinic Florida.
If you require overnight accommodations:
2201 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL 33326
954.659.1555 or Book Online
Includes: free hot buffet breakfast, pool, gym. Free shuttle to Cleveland Clinic. No in-house restaurant, no room service.
2000 North Commerce Parkway
Weston, Florida / 954.343.2225
954.343.2225 or Book Online
Includes continental breakfast for two, pool, and gym. In-house restaurant for breakfast only, Evening bar service 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. light food.
Free shuttle to/from Cleveland Clinic 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Shuttle To Go
You may call 954.561.8888/800.244.8252 for Shuttle to Go transportation from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International-FLL airport to the hotels in WESTON. Identify yourself as a guest to Cleveland Clinic Florida (CCF).
Internal Medicine Research Presentations
Polypharmacy at Discharge and 30-Day Readmission Risk
Does Repeat Imaging Validate Visual Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring on Non-Electrocardiogram Gated Chest Computed Tomography?
True Disaccharidase Deficiency in IBS Patients
Comparison of EUS Guided Fine Needle Aspiration versus Combined Fine Needle Aspiration and Fine Needle Biopsy for the Evaluation of Solid Pancreatic Lesions
Factors Associated with Positive Follow up Blood Cultures in Gram-Negative Septicemia
A Quality Improvement Project Aiming to Find System Failure(s) Leading to Vancomycin-associated Renal Toxicity in Patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Are Shorter Distances Comparable to 6 Minute Walk Distance When Evaluating Patients With Cardiopulmonary Disease?
Utilizing Shared Medical Appointments to increase Advanced Directives Discussion and Documentation
Diagnostic Yield of Cytological Brushes Used in Electronavigation Assisted Bronchoscopy in Diagnosing Peripheral Lung Lesions- An Interim Analysis
|2019||Jacqueline Cortizo, MD||Geriatric Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Chelsea Garcia, MD||Hospice & Palliative Care Fellowship||University of Miami Miller School of Medicine|
|2019||Samantha Gillenwater, MD||Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Adalberto Gonzalez, MD||Gastroenterology Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Orly Hadar, MD||Associate Staff Physician||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Hans Koop, MD||Cardiovascular Disease||Orange Park Medical Center - Jacksonville, FL|
|2019||Eduardo Perez, MD||Cardiology Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Edward Rojas, MD||Pulm/Critical Care Fellowship||West Virginia University School of Medicine|
|2019||Kristen Selema, MD||Hospitalist||Memorial Health Systems|
|2019||Claudia Vallin, DO||Neurology Residency||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Daniel Reyes, MD||Radiology Residency||Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, FL|
|2019||Maria Martucci, MD||Neurology Residency||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2019||Mohammed Zahid, DO||Neurology Residency||Cleveland Clinic Florida|
|2017||Merna Armanious, MD||Cardio-Oncology Fellowship||Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida|
|2017||Yilien Alonso, MD||Gastroenterology Fellowship||Ochsner Health System|
|2017||Shane Bobart, MD||Nephrology Fellowship||Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN|
|2017||Armando Cabrera, MD||Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship||Aventura Medical|
|2017||Miguel Castro, MD||Cardiology Fellowship||Houston Methodist Hospital|
|2017||Nicholas Ghiloni, DO||Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL|
|2017||Emily Jonczak, MD||Hematology and Oncology Fellowship||University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital|
|2017||Daniel Miranda, DO||Primary Care Internist||Baptist Primary Care, Inc., Jacksonville, FL|
|2017||Ramon Valentin, DO||Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Fellowship||University of Florida – Gainesville, FL|
|2017||Leonardo Estevez, M.D.||Radiology Fellowship||Mt. Sinai Medical Center Miami, FL|
|2017||Nikki Freedman, MD||Radiology Fellowship||University of Miami, FL|
|2016||Edilberto Benitez, MD||Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease|
|2016||Hector Crespo, MD||Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2016||Maria Carla Dominguez, MD||Hematology and Oncology/Clinical Fellowship||Roger Williams Medical Center – Rhode Island|
|2016||Jose Estrada, MD||Gastroenterology/Clinical||University at Buffalo SOM-NY|
|2016||Lia Jamian, MD||Fellowship Rheumatology||Vanderbilt University Medical Center – New Orleans, TN|
|2016||Yoslay Perez, DO||Pulmonary/Critical Care||Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, FL|
|2016||Carmen Polanco Santos, MD||Endocrinology/Clinical Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Foundation – OH|
|2016||Roberto Ruiz, MD||Hospitalist||Kendall Regional Medical Center|
|2016||Megan Zaleski, MD||Endocrinology/Clinical Fellowship||Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, FL|
|2015||Hashem Azad, DO||Cardiology Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2015||Justin Dolan, MD||Private Practice - Internist||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2015||Ileana Farrada, DO||Nephrology Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2015||Marieny Guimera, MD||Private Practice – Internist||Mt Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL|
|2015||Felix Hernandez, MD||Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL|
|2015||Sergey Kachur, MD||Chief Resident/Jr Faculty||Ocala Regional Medical Center, FL|
|2015||Leyla Maric, MD||Gastroenterology Fellowship||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2015||B Krunal Patel, MD||Pulmonary-Critical Care||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
|2015||Jaclyn Railsback, DO||CCFlorida - Internist||Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL|
What is the application deadline?
October 15 is our application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications by early October because our interview days become filled very quickly.
When do you notify applicants if they will be invited for an interview?
We review complete applications as received via ERAS in late September and will notify students of interview offers as the applications are reviewed.
When do you begin reviewing applications?
ERAS opens September 15 and our Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications by mid to late September. We will begin inviting applicants for interviews (via email) by through October.
Do you waitlist invited applicants for the interview days that are filled?
Yes, we will waitlist.
I have scheduled to interview for a PGY 2 positions with another Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Can I interview for my preliminary internal medicine internship on the same day?
We DO NOT interview the preliminary candidates for the Neurology Residency Program. This is done by the Department of Neurology.
Should I apply to both the Preliminary and Categorical Programs?
It is preferred that an applicant applies to EITHER a preliminary position OR a categorical position, not to both.
Is there a medical school graduation cutoff date?
In order to be considered for a position in our program, we prefer that applicants to have graduated from medical school no longer than 3 years from the date of application.
Is there a minimum USMLE Step 1 score?
Applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of at least 220. 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?
Applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 CK on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of 240 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?
Yes, we need Step 1 and Step 2 CK prior to interview
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 20 percentile or three digit score of 550+.
Is US Clinical experience required for IMG’s?
Yes, 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 does not meet these criteria.
Do you sponsor H1-b Visas?
Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by the Graduate Medical Education Department. Should you be eligible for H1-b visa, the GME office will notify you with 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 1. 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 the academic year we have a total of 31 interns and residents.
- Internal Medicine Residency: 9 categorical residents per year
- Internal Medicine Preliminary: 1 intern
- Internal Medicine Preliminary - Neurology: 3 interns
Staff & Contact Info
- Darby Sider, MD, FACP, FAAP – Program Director
- Kristen Hagar, MD – Associate Program Director
- Jared Piotrkowski, MD – Associate Program Director
- Jose Muniz, MD, MACP – Emeritus Program Director
If you have questions about the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, please contact:
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, Florida 33331
The program hosts ongoing activities and has free support systems in place to promote wellness and resiliency amongst our residents.
Graduation Ceremony & Senior Resident Dinner
The successful completion of Internal Medicine residency training is an accomplishment worthy of celebration. Each May, residents, their guests and staff gather for an evening to acknowledge this milestone. Highlights of the festivities include a look ahead at the future plans of graduates as they receive their training certificates and a comedic look back on residency training created by the graduates themselves.
Welcome Evening for New Interns
As part of a two-week orientation for new interns, we host an Evening event to provide an informal opportunity for the “freshman” class and their families to get to know one another. Senior residents, and staff who act as advisors for the program’s residents also attend with their families.
The program sponsors a Luncheon for all residents where they get to meet with residents from all classes at the monthly housestaff meeting. This is a great opportunity to unwind from work and get to know everyone in the program.
GME hosts a weeklong celebration of our training programs for all programs in Cleveland Clinic and this is so much fun to attend and participate.