A cutting-edge medical education

The Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program has an innovative and education-focused curriculum that puts strong emphasis on training to produce competent and resilient physicians. We use an innovative hybrid 4+2 and 2+2 block schedule, which provides a 50:50 inpatient and outpatient experience.

Curriculum and rotation

Our innovative curriculum includes not only medicine, subspecialty topics, quality improvement, and research, but also chronic pain management, motivational interviewing techniques, nutrition and obesity medicine, excellence in physician-patient communication, and resident resilience and wellness. ​

PGY-1

Ambulatory block

2 months

Core specialty rotations1

2 months

Inpatient medicine wards

4 months

ICU

1.25 months

CCU

1 week

Night medicine

.5 month

Neurology ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ......​ ​ ​

.5 month ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ......

Emergency medicine

.5 month

Vacation

1 month

PGY-2

Ambulatory block

2 months

Core specialty rotations1

4 months

Inpatient medicine wards

1 month

ICU

1.5 months

CCU

1 week

Night medicine

.5 month

Non-medicine electives2

1 month

Neurology

.5 month

Clinical Decision Unit

.5 month

Vacation

1 month

PGY-3

Ambulatory block

2 months

Core specialty rotations1

3.5 months

Inpatient medicine wards

1 month

ICU

1.25 months

CCU

1 week

Night medicine

.5 month

Non-medicine electives2

1 month

Neurology

.5 month

Resident-as-teacher

.5 month

Emergency medicine

.5 month

Vacation

1 month

1Core specialty rotations (outpatient focus with some inpatient teaching): cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, pulmonary disease, rheumatology

2Electives: away rotation, allergy, dermatology, gynecology, ENT, orthopedics, palliative care, psychiatry, research, sleep medicine

Inpatient and emergency medicine: Holy Cross Hospital ​

Outpatient rotations including CDU/Urgent Care: Gaithersburg Medical Center

Geriatrics: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC ​

Quality improvement and patient safety

Quality improvement and patient safety will be an integral part of the bimonthly curriculum. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the analysis of patient safety events. They will be required each year to design and participate in a quality improvement (QI) project. Residents will also be encouraged to present at the Morbidity and Mortality, Peer Review, Root Cause Analysis, and Sentinel Event Investigation conferences.

Wellness and resilience

The Residency Program has established a Resident Wellness Committee that places an emphasis on training and producing highly competent, resilient physicians by offering activities that focus on well-being. Planned activities include wellness weekends, resident and faculty retreats, reflective practice groups, didactics on wellness, and sessions on mindfulness, debt management, and more. ​

The program’s structure ensures that residents’ work hours are well within limits for the ACGME requirements. Research shows that residents who work within restricted duty hours have much better wellness levels and less burn out. There is no overnight call in the resident schedule.

Sample didactics schedule

Week 1

Monday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Academic Half-Day ​

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Friday

Quality and Safety Conference ​

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Week 2

Monday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Grand Rounds ​

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Academic Half-Day ​

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday

Journal Club

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Friday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Week 3

Monday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Wednesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Academic Half-Day ​

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Friday

M&M Conference

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Week 4

Monday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 .pm.

Tuesday

Grand Rounds ​

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Academic Half-Day ​

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Thursday

Journal Club

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Ambulatory Conference

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Friday

Noon Report

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Noon Report​ ​ ​

This conference is one of the most valuable educational sessions for our residents, and the residents are provided protected time from clinical duties. Our chief resident moderates case-based discussions, and interesting cases from both the inpatient and outpatient settings are presented. Residents and faculty engage in educational discussions at this daily teaching conference. M&M conferences, journal club, grand rounds, and conferences exploring high-value care and quality improvement will all be part of the bimonthly curriculum.

Academic Half-Day Conference​ ​

This weekly conference occurs every Wednesday and is a 3.5-hour block of protected time free from clinical duties. During this time, residents can focus on learning in a small group environment. Topics include (but are not limited to) general internal medicine, all subspecialties, evidence-based practice, and humanism in medicine.

Ambulatory Conference​ ​

Biweekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, residents are excused from clinical duties to attend these half-hour sessions that emphasize essential ambulatory topics. The format varies to include interactive case presentations, chart-stimulated recall, and chalk talks.

Ward attending team rounds​ ​

These small-group interactive teaching sessions will be based on patient cases from the inpatient teams. Team rounds will occur each morning after work rounds, or during the afternoon team meeting, and are facilitated by the attending hospitalist.

Intensive care rounds and teaching conference​ ​

Rounds are conducted each day with the ICU team by the intensivist at Holy Cross Hospital, along with short didactics in which essential topics in ICU medicine are covered systematically. Residents will undergo simulation training such as paracentesis and ultrasound-guided central line insertion.

Subspecialty rounds​ ​

Residents with subspecialty electives attend teaching and consultation rounds, which are conducted daily. Residents will work one-on-one with subspecialist faculty in the outpatient and inpatient settings during subspecialty rotations. They will also participate in subspecialty journal clubs, case review conferences, and tumor board, among other conferences.

Research opportunities

At Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, we’re proud to have highly qualified faculty who will mentor residents in research and quality improvement projects. Our physicians aspire to address the clinical, quality, and health policies that aim to improve the care experience of our patients and the communities we serve.

As a resident, you’ll have ample opportunities to collaborate with faculty on clinical trials and scholarly activities that will augment your training. Working on these projects will better prepare all of our residents to pursue scholarship and research activities for the advancement of medical care.

Training locations

Gaithersburg Medical Center ​

655 Watkins Mills Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Gaithersburg Medical Center will serve as the primary outpatient clinical site for the longitudinal continuity experience, ambulatory medical subspecialties, and non-medicine electives (ophthalmology, physical therapy, gynecology, etc.) for the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program. The facility is equipped with a laboratory, full range of radiology services, and pharmacy, along with a Clinical Decision Unit capable of overnight observation for cardiac monitoring and advanced imaging. The center sees over 400 diverse patients daily, with a wide range of pathology. In addition to medical specialties, Gaithersburg Medical Center houses surgical and other specialties.

Holy Cross Hospital ​

1500 Forest Glen Road

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a 455-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that serves as our main inpatient resident training site. Holy Cross is staffed by devoted hospitalists, intensivists, and emergency medicine physicians who are dedicated clinician educators for the residency program. The hospital will provide clinical experiences in inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, subspecialty medicine, and critical care experiences with 24/7 hospitalists and emergency medicine physicians serving as in-house faculty supervisors.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

50 Irving Street, NW

Washington, DC 20422

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center has an in-depth program in geriatrics. Residents will have clinical rotations in the geriatrics clinic, geriatrics and palliative medicine consult service, nursing home care unit, inpatient rehabilitation services, and geropsychiatry. Seven geriatricians serve as primary faculty in collaboration with multiple interdisciplinary teams to provide a broad variety of clinical and academic training.

Salary & benefits 

Aside from the competitive salary, the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program offers residents health and dental insurance, professional liability coverage, life and disability insurance, a tax-sheltered annuity option, an educational stipend, paid time off, and a wide variety of discounts including fitness, childcare services, parent medical coverage, and more.

Each resident will also receive an educational fund which can be used for medical supplies or conference attendance. In addition, a free subscription to UpToDate®​ (an online resource for clinicians), access to a full clinical library of textbooks and journals, and membership in the American College of Physicians is provided for each resident.

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For terms and conditions of the residency program, click here​ ​

PGY-Level

PGY-1

PGY-2

PGY-3

Salary

$61,699

$65,006

$69,139

Other benefits include: ​

  • Smartphone and laptop pre-loaded with state-of-the-art applications used for daily clinical activities in the program ​
  • Paid licensure fees
  • Transportation vouchers for long call shifts ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Are you a good fit for our program?

The Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program is seeking candidates who share Kaiser Permanente’s commitment and passion for bringing high-quality, patient-centered care to the community in an accessible, cost-effective manner. Part of the foundation of our program is preparing you to work to improve and advocate for quality patient care and patient safety. If you agree that health care must be affordable for all—because thriving individuals, families, and communities require that—you’ll be at home in the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program.

As a resident in our program, you’ll remember the reason you chose medicine as a profession. You’ll learn to practice medicine in a program that’s committed to providing high-quality health care through ongoing research and innovation, so you’re better prepared to deliver more efficient and meaningful care experiences. In joining the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Residency Program, you’ll be part of a movement that understands that being healthy is about taking care of the whole you—mind, body, and spirit.

You’ll also get to support Kaiser Permanente’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve by volunteering at local health fairs and special events across the region. Our efforts focus on implementing population-based health initiatives that will help make Kaiser Permanente communities among the healthiest in the nation. You’ll be part of an organization that works to improve community health through the use of programs, grants, social impact investments, and policy advocacy that increase access to quality care, create economic and educational opportunities, and enhance community environments. ​

Residents in our program will demonstrate certain core professional and personal characteristics and values, including: ​ ​

  • Integrity
  • Flexibility ​
  • Reliability ​
  • Compassion ​
  • Commitment to excellence ​
  • Respectfulness ​
  • Innovative problem-solving skills ​
  • The highest professionalism
  • Efficient use of time and resources ​
  • Ability to embrace and accept cultural diversity
  • Responsiveness to constructive criticism
  • Quality with consistent standards
  • A shared sense of responsibility ​

If you believe you have these attributes and want to launch a fulfilling medical career in an environment that supports you, we encourage you to apply to the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Internal Medicine Residency Program.

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