Program Overview

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 program provides comprehensive clinical training, rapidly graded independence and autonomy and abundant opportunities to learn from one’s resident colleagues and from world-renowned faculty representing broad areas academic medicine. Building on the strong base of clinical reasoning, we provide individualized career mentoring for residents as well as abundant opportunities to gain the skills needed to impact healthcare in a wide variety of ways. The vast number of faculty researchers specializing in everything from Medicare organization and healthcare policy to social determinants of health to personalized medicine to oncologic immunotherapies allows for trainees to experience the breadth of research within academic medicine. Additionally, we have multiple pathways within the residency, such as the Global Health Equity, Management Leadership, Science in Residency, Clinical and Translation Investigation, Scholars in Medical Education and Health Equity and Leadership pathways that enable residents to cohort their didactics and work with policy and clinical experts both here and abroad.

Interns are entrusted with principle responsibility for all aspects of patient care. The Junior Residents take on the role of teachers and team managers and Senior Residents assume leadership roles as triage supervisors, conference organizers, 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 between residents and other health care colleagues. From guided trips to the Museum of Fine Art to the monthly humanism curriculum, to a Residency movie series, we focus on maintaining the well-being of all those who are involved in healthcare.  Our residents are encouraged to 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. As such, we provide a series of community-building dinners for all the interns, and for pathway and track residents.  

We are committed to attracting and promoting housestaff that reflect our mission to diversity healthcare so that our faculty reflect the broad diversity of the patients we care for.  We are committed to establishing an anti-racist care and teaching environment.  As a Brigham internal medicine residency graduate, we hope and expect you to make the world better, more just and healthier. 

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. 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.

We have a specialized 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.

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.

Innovation in the Residency

Our internal medicine residency program does not rest on our 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 supported by attentive faculty leaders and a generous Department budget for innovation. Below are a few examples of the many innovative programs our residents and faculty have prioritized:

Social Justice and Antiracism

The Racial Justice and Health Equity Committee is an organized community of residents who are championing our deeply held view of health as a human right, and advocate, educate, and mobilize around health equity issues, especially combating racism in medicine. We employ a multi-pronged approach to advance this mission including: advocacy work to affect policy change in the hospital as well as locally; curriculum redesign to incorporate health equity and anti-racist tenets into our education and; community outreach including a close association with the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Dorchester.  We also ally closely with the Department of Medicine Health Equity Committee. We welcome input and alliance from those of all backgrounds, especially those who identify as BiPOC, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQIA+ to advance these causes. Antiracism and social justice are threads woven throughout the residency with many different touchpoints for activism, including but not limited to our Community, Equity, and Justice in Medicine (CEJM)  during orientation, microaggressions response training, and ambulatory social justice curriculum.

Innovation at the Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care

PJC has created an innovative model for team based care, the Physician Assistant (PA)/Internal Medicine Resident Co-Management Program in which PAs collaborate with resident PCPs in caring for their primary care patients. During the residents’ inpatient rotations, the PAs address the patient clinical messages and conduct visits for urgent and chronic illness management. This program has been extremely well-received by our residents. Additionally, the PJC Resident Operations Committee (a group of residents who have their clinic at PJC) provides ongoing perspective on PJC operations and policies, as they pertain to the resident experience. This year, the PJC Ops Committee has rolled out a new dot phrase to help ensure optimal patient re-scheduling and follow-up, contributed to reevaluation of resident panel sizes and composition, and created bimonthly PJC Updates for residents on their ambulatory rotations.

COVID Care and Investigation

The medicine housestaff played a pivotal role providing front line care and education in the BWH spring 2020 surge and in response have initiated a COVID-19 research program. Residents participated as clinical investigators in the Remdesivir clinical trial published in NEJM and are welcome to participate in multiple other BWH-based enrolling clinical trials. Residents are assisting on a major BWH-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine clinical trial and on enrollment to the TestBoston population-based observation study co-sponsored between BWH and the Broad Institute.  Medicine residents also serve on the MGB COVID Equity Committee. Multi-disciplinary Zoom “work-in-progress” research meetings with BWH trainees from clinical pathology, rheumatology, genetics and internal medicine showcase the most up-to-date findings, facilitate feedback, and provide a space for brainstorming future directions and starting new collaborations.

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

To facilitate the adoption of bedside ultrasound into routine clinical use, a Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum has been integrated into various rotations. Residents can learn about the basics of bedside ultrasound and their clinical applications while rotating in the Integrated Teaching Unit, in Cardiology, in the Intensive Care Units, or in the Procedure Elective (below).  Over a dozen bedside ultrasound devices, ranging from Sonosite units with multiple transducers to ultraportable Butterfly probes, are available for focused clinical assessments or for procedure guidance. During the recent COVID surge, a multidisciplinary POCUS Committee consisting or residents, fellows, and attendings was created to facilitate rapid lung and cardiac evaluations in hospitalized patients by bedside ultrasounds. A vibrant POCUS Interest Group is now working on the safe expansion of the scope and reach of the POCUS curriculum.

Elective Training for Proficiency in Medical Procedures

Our internal medicine residents come with diverse aptitudes and career trajectories, some of which make procedural training highly desirable. The Bedside Procedure Service was established in 2019 and allows elective residents to receive hands on experience and outstanding coaching on medical procedures from expert faculty including didactics and simulation, close supervision, and actionable feedback. This popular rotation provides a robust foundation in both theoretical and practical aspects of common medical procedures including diagnostic lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and central venous catheter placement.

Longitudinal Subspecialty Clinic 

In order to enrich residents’ ambulatory options, junior and senior residents can elect to add an optional second, once-monthly longitudinal clinic in a subspecialty of their choice. Current longitudinal clinics include, but are not limited to: the following subspecialties: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, genetics, infectious diseases, pulmonology and oncology. Residents have also used this opportunity to explore other areas of medicine including integrative medicine, care of people experiencing homelessness and the care of substance use disorders.

Integrated Teaching Unit

The Integrated Teaching Unit (ITU) serves as a platform for piloting and studying innovations in medical education and clinical operations. The “Museum of Fine Arts” night is an example of one innovation that has now become an integral part of the rotation – every team is covered for one evening so that they can participate in facilitated teambuilding exercises at the museum and share a meal together.  Other recently piloted programs include urine sediment “spin rounds” and a longitudinal, experiential point-of-care ultrasound curriculum that builds on ultrasound skills over the course of the month-long rotation. With the new need for social distancing, we are continuously adapting these programs so that we can safely promote the unique educational focus of ITU through 2020-2021.

Microaggression Response Training Curriculum

This curriculum began in 2019 and is spearheaded by one of our alumni, Dr. Herrick “Cricket” Fisher.  All junior residents complete a two-hour practical training with Dr. Fisher as part of their ambulatory curriculum, which includes an innovative Microaggression Response Toolkit. There are additional noon conferences and morning reports throughout the year that include microaggression response strategies. Faculty and interdisciplinary teams in the Department of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and other specialties at BWH are also being trained through this unique program.

Brigopedia

Our residency intranet is Brigopedia, a MediaWiki-based platform developed internally by former Brigham residents. Continuously maintained and updated by the chiefs and current housestaff, Brigopedia is a living repository for all things residency-related, including resources on medical education, scheduling and rotation information, management protocols and clinical guides, and resident life and wellness. Slides and video recordings from morning reports and noon conference are also uploaded to Brigopedia for offline viewing and review, in partnership with BWH AV services.

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. [Note:  effective September 2020 the Massachusetts Board of Medicine announced that they plan to allow exceptions to the CS portion of this rule for the incoming class of 2021 due to test availability issues impacted by the covid pandemic; https://www.mass.gov/lists/physician-regulations-policies-and-guidelines ]

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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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

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