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 offers a unique residency training experience of a smaller community program within a large, academic hospital setting. This allows our program to offer the “best of both worlds” to our residents by providing the educational scope of a tertiary referral center within the supportive, personalized setting of a community hospital. Our location in the city of Charlotte, NC, and our place within the large Carolinas Healthcare System network offer our learners a wealth of clinical material and case mix diversity. Our residency training program is defined by a focus on clinical medicine, a commitment to underserved care, and a culture of teaching and mentorship. Our program features a strong foundation in general internal medicine, but our comprehensive curriculum and abundant opportunities for scholarship allow for tremendous flexibility in a resident's chosen career path.
Our residency program is committed to resident education, wellness, scholarship, and excellence in clinical training within a supportive, caring community. As a part of this mission, we strive to offer exceptional, comprehensive clinical training in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings combined with opportunities and expectations of resident scholarship. Furthermore, we are committed to providing compassionate care to underserved populations.
We aim to impart a solid foundation of knowledge and clinical skill to our residents that is grounded in general internal medicine and coupled with access and exposure to all subspecialty fields. From this foundation, we seek to encourage and develop a resident physician wherever their interests may be. Finally, we hope to empower our residents to lead the future of healthcare through their active participation in quality improvement, patient safety, and value-based care initiatives during their training.
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. 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.
Our program is characterized by an exceptional group of residents who are strong clinicians and enthusiastic learners with varied interests. Currently, our 43 residents come from all over the country and represent over twenty outstanding U.S. medical schools.
We offer the following positions in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP):
• Twelve categorical positions/year
• Seven preliminary positions/year
• One PGY-4 Chief Resident position/year
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. 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.
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is the flagship hospital of Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), the second largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States. CMC is the main referral center for critically ill patients in the Metrolina region of North Carolina which encompasses close to two million people.
By training at one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the nation, our residents have a very broad-based educational experience and patient exposure that is identical to the majority of "university-based" programs.
Because CMC serves 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.
Carolinas Medical Center also serves as the research and administrative headquarters for Levine Cancer Institute. This facility provides access to top-ranked physician expertise, groundbreaking clinical trials, and the latest cancer treatments across the Carolinas. Levine Cancer Institute is also the primary clinical teaching site for our fellowship program in hematology-oncology. Learn more about Levine Cancer Institute by visiting the official web page.
Finally, the CMC campus also serves as the home for Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital and Levine Children’s Hospital and their respective residency training programs.
Located less than two blocks from the hospital, all of our categorical residents have a continuity clinic practice at CMC-Myers Park Internal Medicine. Our preliminary residents also participate in clinical activities in the general internal medicine clinic at Myers Park by seeing patients for hospital follow-up and urgent care visits. In addition, all residents rotate through various subspecialty clinic practices at CMC-Myers Park.
Our ambulatory facility also houses clinics in surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopedic surgery. A pharmacy, phlebotomy lab, pharmacy-run anticoagulation clinic, and a radiology suite for X-ray services are available on-site as well. Our clinic is certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) with very high patient and employee satisfaction rates. The PCMH is a team-based model of care led by a patient’s primary care physician who provides continuous and coordinated care to maximize health outcomes. Please visit the Outpatient Clinics section to learn more about the ambulatory education opportunities in our program.
Some key features of our program include: