About Us

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine Residency is committed to providing the training and resources needed to prepare graduates to be exceptional clinicians, and to be prepared to tackle individual and societal healthcare challenges as leaders in academic medicine.

The core of the program is comprehensive clinical training and education, working with world-renowned faculty in academic medicine. Building on the strong base of clinical reasoning, we aim to provide individualized career mentoring for residents as well as abundant opportunities to gain the skills needed to impact healthcare in a variety of ways. The vast number of researchers specializing in everything from Medicare organization and healthcare policy to personalized medicine to oncologic immunotherapies allows for trainees to experience the breadth of research within academic medicine. Additionally, we have multiple tracks within the residency, such as the Global Health Equity Track and the Management Leadership Track, that enable residents to work with policy and clinical experts both here and abroad.

The main structure of the residency is providing Interns with principle responsibility for all aspects of patient care, and evolving into teachers and leaders in later years of residency. The Junior Residents take on the role of teachers and team managers and Senior Residents assume additional leadership roles as triage supervisors, off-site chief residents, with more time to focus on scholarly work matched to their individual career path.

Throughout our residency, we emphasize humanism both with our patients and our residents. From guided trips to the Museum of Fine Art to the monthly humanism curriculum, we focus on maintaining the well-being of all those who are involved in healthcare. And our residents carry this emphasis with them, continuing to participate in extracurricular activities and spending time with their loved ones and families outside the walls of the hospital.

We are committed to attracting and promoting housestaff that reflect our mission and the diversity of the broad diversity of the patients we care for.

Focused Pathways

In response to rapid and dramatic changes in the face of healthcare, the Brigham has created a number of novel focused training experiences. Categorical, primary care, medicine-pediatrics, and medicine-dermatology interns can apply for entry into our innovative tracks:

Entry into each of these pathways is limited to BWH interns. Follow the links above for more information.

In addition, we have launched a program with the Harvard Business School for selected residents to extend their training and attain both ABIM-certification and meet requirements for an MBA. This program is called The John McArthur Program for Medicine Leadership in honor of Professor McArthur’s contributions to high quality healthcare.

Research Options

The vast majority of the Brigham residents participate in research during residency in one way or another (including basic science, clinical science, education, global health, and other individually crafted projects). All residents have access to outstanding research opportunities and with the help of faculty and program director mentorship, including Becky Baron, the Associate Program Director for Scholarship, they can easily be matched with research mentors.

Science in Residency Pathway (SiR)

For those residents with prior basic/translational laboratory experience and/or interest in pursuing an investigative career as a physician-scientist, the Brigham and its affiliated academic partners are particularly fertile ground. Most trainees launch such careers through the standard categorical track (three years) or as subspecialty short-trackers (two years). Selected residents with an interest in genetics may opt to pursue a specialized track in Medical Genetics. Additional information can be found here.

Clinical Investigation Pathway (CIP) 

The Clinical Investigation Pathway is a specialized pathway within the residency program designed to support residents who are interested in clinical research careers. The Brigham has a rich tradition of practice-changing clinical investigation, and is the home of many large-scale, longitudinal epidemiologic studies and clinical trial organizations, including the Physicians’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Study, Women’s Health Initiative, and the TIMI Study Group. By providing the building blocks and environment to facilitate clinical investigation during residency, the goal of the CIP program is foster the next generation of leaders in clinical investigation. Additional information can be found here.

Hemi-Doc Program

Selected physician-scientist candidates with established investigative activities may be considered for the Brigham’s unique Hemi-Doc program, through which residents can continue their academic work during scheduled three- or six-month interruptions, which will extend training to four- or five-year deviation. Entry into this program requires advance approval from the program director, research mentor, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Clinical Innovation

Our program is not interested in resting on its laurels. While we have a tradition of excellence, we are always looking for ways to improve. Programmatic change is steered by grass-roots resident involvement, which is supported by attentive faculty leaders and backed up by a generous department budget. Below are a few of the many innovative programs our residents participate in.

Integrated Teaching Unit (ITU)

The Integrated Teaching Unit (formerly Intensive Teaching Unit) is a core general medicine rotation for all housestaff that was the result of an innovative research project in medical education. The service is uniquely designed to provide more time for teaching by creating a team structure that allows for more clinicians to care for each patient. The team is comprised of two attendings (one generalist and one specialist), two residents, four interns and two medical students; the teams have the same cap as the GMS teams, which results in fewer patients for each intern and more time to be present on rounds. The team is led by one the residents, with the other resident focusing on the more mundane tasks enabling the interns to focus more on their presentations and learning from the attendings and teaching resident.

One of the incredible strengths of the ITU is the ability to learn from multiple senior clinicians discuss patient care approaches, and teach about physical exam findings, cost-effective medicine and clinical reasoning on many patients. Additionally, having a specialist on the services allows for a unique insight into that specialty’s approach to patients and consults. Finally, the Chief Residents also rotate as attendings on this service.

Subspecialty Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinic

As part of the ambulatory medicine curriculum, junior residents can elect to participate in a second and novel weekly clinic with a senior subspecialist. Current longitudinal clinics include, but are not limited to: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology, infectious diseases and pulmonology.


Brigopedia was developed by housestaff as an interactive educational website to coordinate curriculum and content over three years of training and beyond. Some of the useful resources include:

  • Noon conference videos
  • Easily accessible procedure guides
  • Brigham guidelines for common medical problems
  • The Brigham Intern Manual to help acclimate interns to Brigham and the variety of rotations
  • Variety of note templates, checklists and other resources

Night Float Curriculum

Developed by recent graduates and actively maintained by the current housestaff, the Night Float Curriculum is an innovative approach to making night float rotations more educationally valuable. The curriculum consists of more than twenty case scenarios designed to be worked through in resident-intern pairs. Each scenario begins with a common overnight page and walks through the diagnostic and therapeutic steps to be taken and is followed by an evidence-based approach to the problem.

Focused Residency Pathways

Multiple pathways have been developed (and will continue to emerge) as Brigham residents and faculty address new societal challenges precipitated by rapid changes in the healthcare delivery system. Examples include Medicine-Genetics, Global Health Equity, Medical Leadership and the John McArthur Program for Medicine Leadership. Each of these programs was designed by residents and attest to the proactive role trainees take in leading program innovation.

Social Justice Curriculum

This series began in 2009 and was developed by one of our alum, Dr. Jennifer Brody. Dr. Brody has worked to create a new longitudinal curriculum in this field to help primary care residents better understand the interactions of social inequalities and health. The curriculum is taught by a wide range of clinical and research faculty, as well as community advocates and practitioners, during ambulatory rotations throughout the 3-year primary care residency, and it was recently adapted and implemented as part of the categorical ambulatory curriculum as well. The program includes lectures, workshops, clinical electives, and community site visits designed to enhance residents’ capacity to care for vulnerable and underserved patients in our community.

Humanism in Medicine

Brigham places a strong emphasis on humanism and has a dedicated curriculum for all interns and junior residents. Interns meet once a month in small groups to go through readings, articles on burnout resiliency, and have facilitated discussions around stressors and coping strategies that housestaff face on the wards. The curriculum is extended into junior year, where the focus is on leadership and the responsibilities that come with it, particularly modeling an environment that facilitates vulnerability and authentic engagement in patient care. Additionally, all residents have free access to the Museum of Fine Arts, have facilitated teambuilding exercises at the Museum during their integrated teaching unit experiences, and have reflective explorations at the Museum with their humanistic curriculum group once during their intern year.

Career Building

The Brigham Medicine Internship and Residency provide the clinical excellence, collaborative environment, and rich resources necessary to assemble the foundation for a productive and satisfying career in academic medicine. The ingredients of our multidimensional Mentoring Program, include individualized career advising, devoted faculty mentors, paired senior resident “Big Sibs,” exceptional local educational and research partners, and flexible electives to explore clinical, educational health policy, and investigative careers. Not surprisingly, BWH graduates have gone on to establish innovative academic niches, including medical anthropology, medical management, medical editing/journalism, and medical economics, among other hybrid fields. Please feel free to explore the links below to learn more.

Residency Application Process

Internship and residency applications are only accepted and reviewed through ERAS.

Application to the program should be made no later than October 1st. For applications submitted on time, letters can be added until November 1st. Applications must include the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript (Step 1)

Massachusetts State STEP 2 Requirement

Please note that prior to enrollment in any Massachusetts residency program, all interns are required to have passed both parts of USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) by the time they apply for their limited license (i.e. in Spring of the match year). Our strong suggestion is that all of your exams be completed and available for review by the date match lists are submitted. Please be aware of this requirement and plan your exams accordingly.

Primary Care Candidates

Candidates applying to our Primary Care tracks must apply to both the DGM and HVMA programs, as well as the Categorical program. All applicants selected to interview on a Primary Care day will also be scheduled to interview on a Categorical day (generally done on two adjacent days).

Neuro-Preliminary Candidates

Neurology candidates applying for a preliminary year in medicine who are selected for an interview will receive an invitation through the BWH/MGH Harvard Neurology Residency Program. Interviews through Neurology qualify for ranking on our program’s Preliminary rank list. Candidates do not need to interview for the Preliminary track in addition to the Neurology interview.

International Medical Graduates

All applications are judged equally without regard to the nation of medical training. International Medical Graduates must have ECFMG certification and a completed ERAS application. Historically, successful applicants have USMLE (Steps 1 & 2) scores of above 260 and documentation of prior clinical training in the US or Canada. On average, IMGs with extraordinary qualifications make up 1-3 interns per year. If accepted, BWH will sponsor either an H-1 or J-1 visa.

Residency Interviews

Invitations for interviews are issued only after the applicant’s file is completed and reviewed by members of the Internship Selection Committee. If special personal or financial circumstances arise requiring early notification with regard to an interview, an applicant may contact the Medicine Residency Office to request early application review.

NRMP Codes

  • Categorial: 1265140C0
  • Preliminary: 126540P0
  • Preliminary – Neurology: 1265140P1
  • DGM Primary Care: 1265140M0
  • HVMA Primary Care: 1265140M1
  • Medicine – Pediatrics: 1265700C0
  • Medicine – Dermatology: 1261785C0

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Applications to our the BWH Internal Medicine Program should be made through ERAS and the NRMP. You can contact ERAS through their website. The NRMP can be contacted in writing at 2501 M Street, NW, Suite 1, Washington. D.C. 20037-1307 or by calling (202) 828-0676. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1. For applications submitted on time, letters can be added until November 1.

Yes. When applying to either of the Primary Care tracks, applicants are considered for and requested to interview in both programs.

All applicants who apply to the Primary Care track must also apply to and will be considered for the Categorical program. Primary Care applicants should select both the Categorical Medicine and Primary Care Medicine options on their ERAS applications. All applicants interviewing on a Primary Care day must also interview on a categorical day (generally done on two adjacent days).

You must first apply to one of our standard residency tracks and be accepted in our program as an intern. The applications for the focused residency pathways will be accepted in the fall or winter – depending on the pathway – of your intern year. The only exception is our Medicine-Dermatology track. For this track, you must apply directly to this program.

An application is considered complete when it contains a CV, personal statement, Dean’s letter (MSPE), medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, and USMLE transcripts.

If an applicant wishes to submit more than the required 3 letters of recommendation, there is no penalty.

Copies of reprints are not required, but are accepted and added to an applicant file when received.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Joel T. Katz, M.D.
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Interviews are by invitation only. Once the Internship Selection Committee has determined an application to be competitive for our program, an invitation will be sent via e-mail.

All applications are judged equally without regard to the nation of medical training. International medical graduates (IMG) must have ECFMG certification and a completed ERAS application. Historically, successful applicants have USMLE scores above 260 and documentation of prior clinical training in the US or Canada. On average, IMGs make up 1-3 interns per year.

Non-US citizens who are entering a BWH ACGME accredited training program are required to obtain visa sponsorship prior to beginning their program. The department of medicine sponsors J-1 and H-1B Visas. The Partners international office will help you in determining the appropriate visa, and guide you through the application process: Partners International Office: 617-724-2262.

No, we do not. This is because the poll is an advertising ploy that rewards programs which encourage residents and graduates to join, which we feel potentially violates their privacy. In addition, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine strongly recommends against participation.

Credited away rotations can be arranged through the Harvard Medical School Registrar’s Office. Our program does not offer observerships.

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Chief Residents

Laura Horton, MD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Christina Meade, MD

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Evan Shannon, MD

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Frederick Tsai, MD, PhD

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Current Residents





Program Faculty

Program Directors

Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD

Chairman, Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine, HMS

Joel T. Katz, MD

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Associate Program Directors

Rebecca M. Baron, MD

Associate Program Director for Scholarship

Director, Science in Residency Pathway (SiR)

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Anthony Breu, MD

Associate Program Director, VA Affairs

Veteran Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Staci Eisenberg, MD

Associate Program Director for Wellness

Assistant Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Joseph Merola, MD

Associate Program Director, Medicine-Dermatology Combined Residency Program

Associate Professor of Dermatology, HMS

Colleen Monaghan, MD

Associate Program Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, HMS

J. Carl Pallais, MD

Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Joseph Rhatigan, MD

Director, Howard & Doris Hiatt Global Health Equity Program

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Scott Schissel, MD, DPhil

Director, Preliminary Residency Program

Chief, Department of Medicine, Faulkner Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Niraj Sharma, MD, MPH

Director, Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, HMS

Amy Ship, MD

Director, BWH Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Medicine at HVMA/Atrius Health

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Sonja Solomon, MD

Director, BWH Division of General Medicine Primary Care Residency Program

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Maria Yialamas, MD

Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Assistant Program Directors

Alev Atalay, MD

Assistant Program Director

Director, Ambulatory Education

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Alexander Carbo, MD

Assistant Program Director for Quality Improvement

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Narath Carlile, MD

Assistant Program Director for Technology Innovation

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Kenneth Christopher, MD

Assistant Program Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Andrew Lawton, MD

Assistant Program Director for Communication

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Dan Palazuelos, MD

Assistant Program Director, Howard & Doris Hiatt Global Health Equity Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Yee-Ping Sun, MD

Assistant Program Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Key Faculty

Erik K. Alexander, MD

Executive Director, Brigham Education Institute

Professor of Medicine, HMS

Amy Bessnow, MD

Director, DFCI/BWH Inpatient Oncology Service

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Cheryl Clark, MD

Director, Leadership in Health Equity Pathway (LHEP)

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Matt DiFrancesco, MD

Assistant Medical Director for Simulation

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Morgan Esperance, MD

Associate Director, Leadership in Health Equity Pathway (LHEP)

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Jose Figueroa, MD, MPH

Director, Management Leadership Pathway (MLP)

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Bobby Gottlieb, MD

Director, Ambulatory Faculty Development

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Jim Kirshenbaum, MD

Director, Inpatient Cardiology Service

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Tony Massaro, MD

Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

David Morrow, MD

Director, Levine Cardiac Care Unit

Professor of Medicine, HMS

Nora Osman, MD

Director of Student Education, Department of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Subha Ramani, MBBS, MMEd, MPH, PhD

Director, Scholars in Medical Educator Pathway (SME)

Director, Resident Evaluation

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Chris Roy, MD

Medical Director, BWH Hospitalist Service

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Valerie Stone, MD, MPH

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan Williams, MD

Director, Clinical Investigation Pathway (CIP)

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

Lindsey Wu, MD

Director, Integrated Teaching Unit

Instructor in Medicine, HMS

Marshall A. Wolf Master Educators

Marshall A. Wolf, MD

Program Director Emeritus

Professor of Medicine, HMS

Ronald Anderson, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Carolyn Becker, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

Sanjiv Chopra, MBBS

Senior Advisor, Management Leadership Pathway

Professor of Medicine, HMS

Julian Seifter, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

William Taylor, MD

Associate Professor of Population Medicine, HMS

Contact Us

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Internal Medicine Residency Office
Tel: (617) 732-5775
Fax: (617) 264-6346
Email: BWHresinfo@partners.org

Verification Requests

To verify post-graduate training in Internal Medicine, please send your request to: bwhimverify@partners.org

Medicine Residency Office Staff

  • Katie Armstrong – Assistant Director, Education Administration
  • Maria DeOliveira – Director, Education Administration
  • Nina Gill – Assistant Director, Education Administration
  • Steve Grabowski – Education Project Analyst
  • Deborah Handsom – Senior Administrative Assistant to Dr. Joel Katz
  • Carl Hebert – Education Program Coordinator
  • Lauren McIsaac – Education Program Coordinator
  • Marie Teichman – Senior Education Program Coordinator
  • Cameron Walker – Senior Education Program Coordinator