Overview

Overview

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.

Curriculum

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, Anesthesia, 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 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

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.

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 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.

Educational Resources

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.

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 (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Benefits

Benefits

Salary

  • PGL-1: $54,590
  • PGL-2: $56,650
  • PGL-3: $58,195

Disability Insurance

(LONG TERM) Paid for by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Residents/Fellows in Clinical Training. Guaranteed issue, portability, HIV stance.

Health Care

Single or family plan paid for by Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Employee Health Care and Dental and Vision Care Plans:

  • 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.
  • Life Insurance: $25,000 term group policy.
  • Educational Allowance: A $250 educational allowance per year is available to all clinical residents/fellows. Primary use is for textbooks. After required textbooks are acquired, residents/fellows are allowed to substitute journal subscriptions, educationally-based computer programs and palm pilots. Proper purchasing procedures must be followed to ensure that ownership is documented.

Malpractice

Paid by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Florida. Limited to activities within the training program.

Medical Library

Library Copy Center: On-line searches (Medline, Toxline, etc.) by Library Staff. Self-service photo copying of library materials. Full time medical librarian. Computer and printer access.

On Call Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Supper: Paid by Cleveland Clinic Florida when on in house night call.

Paid Time Away

Vacation: 3 weeks (15 working days)

  • 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.

Travel Privileges and Other Education Activities

  • Residents at PGL-2 or above that meet the 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 for one 5-day meeting with a maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per year.
  • Local Meetings: PGY-2 and PGY-3 House Staff may attend local meetings (one day maximum) with approval of Program Director. No expenses paid.
  • Special Courses and Training: Paid for by the Cleveland Clinic Florida when deemed necessary requested by Program Director and approved by Graduate Medical Education Committee.
  • Examinations: Mock boards, in-training examinations fees, etc. paid by Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Uniforms

Furnished by the Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Miscellaneous

  • Research Projects as Approved
  • Free Notary Service
Applications

Applications

All Applicants

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.

Application Requirements

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.

  • Visas:
    • 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
Canada

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:

ECFMG-ERAS Program
P.O. Box 13467
Philadelphia PA 19104-3467
U.S.A.

Contact

Safiya Deen, Program Coordinator
deens@ccf.org / 954.659.5884 telephone

Location

The Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Program interview day is as follows:

Place: 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. 
Weston, FL 33331
Jagelman Conference Center 
Rooms #1-2

Agenda

  • 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.

Directions

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.

Hotel Accommodations

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:

Comfort Suites 
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. 

Marriott Courtyard
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 7:30am – 9:45pm

Transportation

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).

www.floridalimo.com

Presentations

Presentations

Abstracts and Presentations from the Class of 2017

  • Association Between Breast Arterial Calcification and Aortic Stenosis
    Presenting:  Dr. Miguel Castro
    Authors:  Miguel Castro, MD, Craig R. Asher, MD, Gian M. Novaro, Jacobo Kirsch, MD
  • Appropriate Use of GI Prophylaxis of Hospitalized Patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida: A Quality Improvement Project
    Presenting: Emily Jonczak, MD
    Authors:  Emily E Jonczak, MD, Scott Ross, MD, Samantha Gillenwater, MD, Adalberto Gonzalez, MD, and Edward Rojas, MD Department of Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Can the Glasgow Blatchford Bleeding Score Be Used as a Criteria for Admission to the ICU in Cases of an Acute Gastrointestinal Bleed?
    Presenting: Ramon Valentin, DO
    Authors: Scott M. Lieberman1, Ramon Valentin2, Luis Lara3, Ben Krempley4,
    1. Department of Pulmonary Critical Care, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL; 2. Department of Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL; 3. Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL; 4. Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL
  • In Well-Controlled Autoimmune Hepatitis Treatment Withdrawal May Be Accomplished without Liver Biopsy
    Presenting:  Yilien Alonso, MD
    Authors:  John Guirguis M.D., Yilien Alonso M.D., Rocio Lopez, William Carey M.D.
  • Myths and Facts of the Medical Intensive Care Unit Workload
    Presenting: Merna Armanious, MD
    Authors:  Merna A. Armanious, MD1; Jinesh Mehta, MD2
    Department of Internal Medicine1 and Pulmonary Critical Care2 Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Morning-Only 4 Liter Polyethylene Glycol vs. Split Dose for Afternoon Colonoscopies, a Randomized Endoscopic-Blinded Prospective Study
    Presenting: Armando Cabrera, MD
    Authors:  Fernando Castro- Pavia MD  Gastroenterology Department, Baker Alkhairy MD Gastroenterology Department Researcher, Armando Cabrera MD, Internal Medicine Resident
  • Assessment of Inpatient Glycemic Control in a Tertiary Hospital in South Florida
    Presenting:  Daniel Miranda, DO
    Authors:  Daniel Miranda DO1, Kevin Thomas2, Leticia Vargas2, Brian Chung3 Carmen Villabona MD1
    1: Cleveland Clinic Florida 2: University of Florida College of Pharmacy 3: Nova Southeastern University College of Healthcare Sciences
  • Assessing the Efficacy of 25% Albumin versus Normal Saline for the Treatment of Intradialytic Hypotension – a Retrospective Analysis
    Presenting: Shane A. Bobart MD1,
    Authors: James B. Gleason MD2, Krunal B. Patel MD2, Edward Rojas MD1 William Kernan PharmD3, Mauro Braun MD4, Jinesh Mehta MD2.
    Departments of Internal Medicine1, Pulmonary Critical Care2, Pharmacy3, Nephrology4, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
  • Rates of Contaminated Blood Cultures in the Emergency Room
    Presenting:  Nicholas Ghiloni, DO
    Authors:  Nicholas Ghiloni DO1; Georgia Sands ARNP2; Heather Nutting2
    Department of Internal Medicine1, Infectious Disease2 and Microbiology2 at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Alumni

Alumni

Class of 2017

Merna Armanious, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida;
Cardio-Oncology Fellowship

Yilien Alonso, MD
Ochsner Health System
Gastroenterology Fellowship

Shane Bobart, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN;
Nephrology Fellowship

Armando Cabrera, MD 
Aventura Medical
Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship

Miguel Castro, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Cardiology Fellowship

Nicholas Ghiloni, DO
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship

Emily Jonczak, MD
University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital
Hematology and Oncology Fellowship

Daniel Miranda, DO
Baptist Primary Care, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Primary Care Internist

Ramon Valentin, DO
University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Fellowship

Leonardo Estevez, M.D.
Mt. Sinai Medical Center Miami, FL
Radiology Fellowship

Nikki Freedman, MD
University of Miami, FL
Radiology Fellowship


Class of 2016

Edilberto Benitez, MD
Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease

Hector Crespo, MD
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL
Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease

Maria Carla Dominguez, MD
Roger Williams Med Center – Rhode Island     
Hematology and Oncology/Clinical Fellowship

Jose Estrada, MD
University at Buffalo SOM-NY
Gastroenterology/Clinical

Lia Jamian, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center – New Orleans, TN
Fellowship Rheumatology

Yoslay Perez, DO
Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, FL
Pulmonary/Critical Care

Carmen Polanco Santos, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation – OH
Endocrinology/Clinical Fellowship

Roberto Ruiz, MD
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Hospitalist

Megan Zaleski, MD
Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, FL
Endocrinology/Clinical Fellowship


Class of 2015

Hashem Azad, DO
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Justin Dolan, MD
Private Practice - Internist
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Ileana Farrada, DO
Nephrology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Marieny Guimera, MD
Private Practice – Internist
Mt Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL

Felix Hernandez, MD
Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL

Sergey Kachur, MD
Chief Resident/Jr Faculty
Ocala Regional Medical Center, FL

Leyla Maric, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

B Krunal Patel, MD
Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Jaclyn Railsback, DO
CCFlorida - Internist
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL


Class of 2014

J. Elias Collado, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Sarah Darr, MD
Hospitalist
Baptist Health Medical Center, FL

Dunia Diaz, MD
Nephrology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, FL

Marlow Hernandez, DO
Internist
CANO Health Multispecialty Center, FL

Seetha Lakshmi, MD
Infectious Disease Fellowship
University of Miami, FL

Scott Lieberman, MD
Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, FL

Dignatkumar Paghdal, MD
Hospitalist
Cox Medical Center, Branson, Missouri

Sandra Rodriguez, MD

Randall Schwartz, MD
Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship
University of Miami, Jackson, FL


Class of 2013

Amitesh Agarwal, MD
Critical Care-ICU Fellowship
University of Texas at Galveston

Karla Arce, MD
Endocrinology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Ohio

Alban De Schutter, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Ochsner Clinic – New Orleans

Irene Lambiris, MD
Hospitalist
Las Vegas, NV

Silvia Menendez, MD
Endocrinology Fellowship
University of Miami, FL

Brent Murchie, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston

Piyush Poddar, MD

Angel Rodrigues, MD
Internist
Baptist Medical Center

F Scott Ross, MD
Hospitalist
Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston

Samina Chowdhury, MD
Anesthesia Fellowship
The University of Texas at Houston


Class of 2012

Michael Alvarez, DO
Critical Care-Pulmonary Fellowship
University of So Florida-Tampa

Jorge Betancor, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Ivan Buitrago, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Jose Gonzalez, MD
Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Loreley Lopez, MD
Internist - Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Julianne Parente, MD
Nephrology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Alejandro Perez, DO
Gastroenterology Fellowship
NJ School of Medicine & Dentistry

Ryu Tofts, MD
Critical Care-Pulmonary Fellowship
Critical Care-Pulmonary Fellowship

Divya Yogi-Morren, MD
Endocrinology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Ohio


Class of 2011

Elena Malyutina, MD
Hospitalist
Baptist Medical Center, Miami, FL

Vishal Mundra, MD
Hospitalist
Oklahoma

Viet Ngyuen, DO
Hospitalist
Ocean City, Maryland

Yordanka Reyna, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston

John Rivas, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston

Lisa Rubiano, DO
Hospitalist
Baptist Medical Center, Miami, FL

Victor Totfalusi, DO
Hospitalist
Westside Regional Hospital, FL

Arnaldo Villafranca, MD
Endocrinology Fellowship
University of South Florida, Tampa

Jorge Yu-Chung, MD
Hospitalist
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston


Class of 2010

Ramon Alegret, MD
Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Miami, FL

Cesar Bonilla, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Amy George-Varughese, MD
Hospitalist
New Orleans

Javier Gonzalez, MD
Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Paul Michael, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Ochsner Clinic

Umabala Pasupala - MD
Nephrology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cesar Perez, MD
Hematology and Oncology Fellowship
University of Miami

Rolando Perez, MD
Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Jorge Zapatier, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida


Class of 2009

Leanne Artigas, MD
Geriatrics Fellowship
University of Miami

Sergio Chang, MD
Endocrinology Fellowship
University of Missouri-Columbia

Ariel Fernandez, DO
Hospitalist
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Mushfeka Golawala, MD
Hospitalist
South Florida

Bruce Kuo, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
University of Kentucky

Carol Morris, DO
Mt Sinai Medical Center
Miami, Florida

Vamsi Ponnaganti, MD
Hospitalist
Florida

Luis Rodriguez, MD
Sports medicine Fellowship
SUNY New York

Lior Shamai, DO
Cardiology Fellowship
Ochsner Health System, New Orleans

Shibu Carughese, MD
Geriatrics Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston

Deepa Kabirdas, MD
Cardiology Fellowship
Albert Einstein Medical Center


Class of 2008

Farhan Abid
Hospitalist
South Florida

Bianca Afonso
Gastroenterology Fellow
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Bosede Afolabi
Cardiology Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Ella Ariza
Infectious Diseases Fellow
University of Miami

Rajender Cheruku
Hospitalist
South Florida

Deepa Kabirdas
Chief Resident, Cardiology Fellow (2009)
Albert Einstein Medical Center, PA

Ayman Layka
Nephrology Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Nydia Martinez
Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow
University of Miami

Ismael Ortega
Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow (2009)
Medical College of Georgia


Class of 2007

Jeffrey Melendez
Hospitalist
Locom tenens

Aarti Kanwar
Hospitalist
California

German Gonzalez
Gastroenterology Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Lakshmi Mahendran
Staff attending
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Nicole Gallego
Group Practice
South Florida

Einar Lurix, Chief Resident
Gastroenterology Fellow (2009)
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Hernan Avella
Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow
Oregon Health & Science University

Farah Soliman
Group Practice
Tallahassee



Class of 2006

Rotem Amir
Group Practice
South Florida

Bella Beraha
Hospitalist
South Florida

Robert Piloto
Staff attending
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Rute Paixao
Nephrology fellowship & Staff Attending
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Joel Camillo
Gastroenterology Fellow
UMKC, Missouri

Viviana Navas
Cardiology Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Florida

FAQ's

FAQ's

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Do you waitlist invited applicants for the interview days that are filled?
    Yes, we will waitlist.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Do I have to pass USMLE Step 2 CS?
    Applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.
  11. Do I have to take USMLE Step 3?
    USMLE Step 3 is not required to apply.
  12. 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 
  13. 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+.
  14. 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.

Visas

  • 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 30 interns and residents.
    1. Internal Medicine Residency = 9 categorical residents per year
    2. Internal Medicine Preliminary = 2 interns
    3. Internal Medicine Preliminary-Neurology = 2 interns
Staff & Contact Info

Staff & Contact Info

Our Staff

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

Safiya Deen
Program Coordinator
Phone: 954.659.5884
Email: deens@ccf.org

Program Wellness

Program Wellness

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.

Retreats & Picnics

A retreat is an opportunity for PGY 1 & PGY 2 ’s to relax and get to know each other better.

Through interactive methods, and led by an independent facilitator, the residents work on team-building and interpersonal skills vital to a successful career in medicine.

Discussion groups explore such issues as personal work styles, conflict resolution, experiencing critical events and stress management.

The retreat is fashioned to aid the resident in assessing personal and professional goals and to provide a supportive environment for discussion and exploration of these goals

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.

Wellness Luncheon

The program sponsors a Luncheon for all residents where they get to meet with residents from all classes and occurs monthly. This is a great opportunity to unwind from work and get to know everyone in the program. 

Social Events

GME will host a Doctor’s Day event for all programs in Cleveland Clinic and this is so much fun to attend and participate.