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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are thrilled that you have decided to visit with us and that you have chosen a career in Internal Medicine. We hope that our site addresses every question that you might have about our residency training program.

CMC Internal Medicine Residency Mission Statement

Department of Internal Medicine groupOur mission is to provide an excellent training experience in which to prepare our residents to be highly skilled, well-rounded, and compassionate physicians. Our faculty are supportive and invested fully in our residents’ education.

With our mix of autonomy, diverse patient pathophysiology, one-on-one faculty/resident teaching, and collegial atmosphere, we hope to provide an ideal environment where you will thrive. We believe that our residency training program offers the “best of both worlds” though providing the educational scope of a tertiary referral center in the supportive, personalized setting of a “community” hospital.

Whether your future includes a subspecialty fellowship, general internal medicine practice, academic medicine, or a career as a hospitalist, our program provides you with the individual attention and support that you will need to succeed. One unique aspect of our program is that we will start your career counseling before you even arrive, and we will individualize your residency experience to help you get to the career pathway that you desire.

Currently, our 42 residents come from all over the country and represent 20 outstanding U.S. medical schools. We offer the following positions in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP):

  • 12 categorical positions/year
  • Six preliminary positions/year
  • Optional fourth year position as chief resident

Our house officers are experienced in the management of acutely ill patients common in urban centers, as well as those patients typically referred to tertiary institutions for their "esoteric" diseases. As the flagship hospital of Carolinas Healthcare System, the second largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States, Carolinas Medical Center is the main referral center for critically ill patients in the Metrolina region of North Carolina, which encompasses close to two million people.

Because we also serve as the main hospital for Mecklenburg County, we also see a large number of acutely ill patients from the city's urban population. Furthermore, at a time when many hospitals are struggling to survive, we continue to grow and prosper.

Each house officer, regardless of PGY level, is given as much autonomy as he/she feels comfortable. Full-time faculty backup always is available for prompt consultation. The size of our program allows for a high level of interaction between our residents and the faculty. Key features of our program include:

  • Comprehensive daily educational curriculum
  • Broad patient base with extremely diverse patient pathology
  • Warm, friendly, supportive, “family-like” environment
  • Strong emphasis on one-on-one education from faculty
  • Ideal balance of service and education allowing ample time to study
  • Excellent fellowship match rate for those residents pursuing sub-specialty training
  • Outstanding first-time pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) exam, over 98 percent for the last 30 years
  • Our ABIM first-time pass rate for the classes of 2008-2012 is 100 percent which places us in the top 5 percent of Internal Medicine residency training programs nationwide

We strive to maintain a balance between our residents’ professional and personal lives. We feel very strongly that house officers who are fulfilled in their professional career will be better suited to enjoy all that life has to offer outside the hospital. Your future life will be all about career/life balances - so we start educating you in the process during your training.

  • On average, CMC internal medicine residency interns will have two to four weeks (Sunday - Thursday) of night float responsibilities in the first year, plus an additional three weekends of Friday/Saturday night float responsibility. The night float rotation during the intern year consists mainly of handling overnight cross-cover duties on hospitalized patients. In addition, interns will typically work five to seven overnight shifts during their month in the Medical ICU.
  • On average, upper levels will have two weeks (Sunday - Thursday) of night float responsibilities plus an additional two weekends of Friday/Saturday night float responsibility. The night float rotation during the PGY-2 and 3 years consists mainly of supervising an intern as he/she admits patients from the emergency department. Upper level residents also will typically work six to seven overnight shifts during their month in the Medical ICU. The Coronary Care Unit has no overnight duties.

Of course there will be busy times during residency training. We feel strongly, however, that these times are well-balanced by periods when you have time to read, spend time with your family and friends, and enjoy all that Charlotte has to offer!

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