Internal Medicine Residency Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to equip residents with the skills to be competent and confident physicians prepared to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) examination.

We also offer Osteopathic training through the Osteopathic Recognition Program, which prepares you to sit for the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) in addition to the ABIM.


3+1 Block Scheduling System

The curriculum emphasizes focused learning in inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2020, we moved to a “3+1” block scheduling system, where residents are split up into 4 “firms” and are scheduled for 3 week blocks of an inpatient service (including ED or ICU) or elective, followed by a 1-week ambulatory block rotation that occurs 13 times a year.

This model allows for focus on scheduled rotations with limited cross-coverage, opportunities for wellness and self-care and improved continuity with patients in clinic.

Residents rotate with a core of teaching attendings on the wards and in continuity clinic. Teaching attendings take residents to the bedside and engage patients, family and nursing staff to provide patient-centered care. In the continuity clinic, residents participate in team-based care with medical assistants, nurses and IM faculty.

Osteopathic Recognition

The Osteopathic Recognition program is an ACGME accredited program offered to any resident (DO or MD) interested in furthering their skill in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) or Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP). Residents in the program have multiple longitudinal opportunities to grow as osteopathic practitioners through our OMT clinic, our inpatient OMT consult service, quarterly seminars and monthly didactics and practical teaching sessions.

Osteopathic Recognition
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With our osteopathic affiliate, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus right around the corner, residents also benefit from the teaching and mentorship of osteopathic physicians who are board certified in OMM/Neuromuscular Medicine, and in turn, get to mentor medical students interested in Internal Medicine. Participation in the program will prepares our residents to sit for the AOBIM board examination (alongside the ABIM exam) and allows board certification prior to graduating residency.

Career Development Pathways

Unique to our training program, we offer individualized learning plans and pathways to help prepare residents for their future career goals. Information for our specific pathways can be found below. Residents may receive focused mentorship in various pathways including global health and social medicine, academic medicine, primary care, hospital medicine, advocacy and subspecialty fellowships.
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Ambulatory Training

The ambulatory experience occurs in 1-week blocks every 4 weeks (13 blocks a year) throughout the year. Here, residents spend time in continuity clinic as well as other educational settings to enhance practice and understanding of primary care (see below). This allows residents to experience all aspects of ambulatory care, including acute illness care, routine continuity and chronic disease management, post-hospital discharge and health care transitions and subspecialty care in nephrology and infectious disease. Some unique features of our ambulatory curriculum include:

Inpatient Medicine Training

Residents have the opportunity to train at Northside Hospital Gwinnett for general internal medicine inpatient service, cardiology inpatient service, progressive care unit, intensive care unit, emergency department and subspecialty consult services.  As one of the busiest emergency departments in the state and the primary hospital for Gwinnett county, trainees are exposed to a high level of acuity with incredibly diverse pathology. Residents are given the autonomy they need to become confident independent physicians while still receiving appropriate oversight and excellent bedside teaching from our world class faculty.  Our inpatient rotations are often the most highly rated amongst residents and students.


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