Our categorical training program is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in internal medicine. Residents practice in a rich training environment and are exposed to a diverse patient population in a variety of practice settings. You can customize your training by participating in a track(s) within our categorical training program: Clinician-Educator, Health Disparities, Primary Care, Enhanced Clinical Skills, and Women's Health . Each of the tracks offers experiences within the area of interest throughout the three years of residency training. 

Inpatient shifts are scheduled at University Hospital (UH) and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). The three year program is structured as follows.

Categorical Program Per Year

PGY-1 Residents: Everything and Everywhere: Exposure to a range of practice environments

PGY-1 Residents: Everything and Everywhere: Exposure to a range of practice environments

Everything and Everywhere: Exposure to a range of practice environments

Scheduling Model: (4) outpatient/consult weeks + (8) inpatient weeks

The first year of training is designed to introduce residents to the range of practice: general internal medicine and subspecialty care, inpatient and outpatient, wards and consult services. We pride of ourselves on providing trainees with an appropriate balance of autonomy and support, ensuring excellence in both patient care and resident education. Each service has a single attending physician who is a full-time faculty member. Attending physicians are always available to advise and assist. In addition, all medical and surgical subspecialty consultants are immediately available 24 hours a day.

  • Tinsley Harrison Ward (UH)

  • VA Ward

  • Night Float (VA & UH)

  • Cardiac Care Unit (UH)

  • Medical Intensive Care Unity (UH)

  • Subspecialty Ward (UH)

  • Subspecialty Consult

  • Geriatrics/Palliative Care

  • Ambulatory Block

  • Inpatient Block

PGY-2 Residents: Taking the Lead: Immersion in subspecialty practice

PGY-2 Residents: Taking the Lead: Immersion in subspecialty practice

Taking the Lead: Immersion in subspecialty practice

Scheduling Model: (4) outpatient/consult weeks + (4) inpatient weeks

The second year of traning is aimed at expanding the breadth of the resident's knowledge base while providing in-depth exposure to state-of-the-art practice of the various medical subspecialties. The PGY-2 year is almost evenly split between inpatient ward rotations and consultation services, mostly in the subspecialties. The goal is to provide in-depth exposure to the fields within internal medicine so that PGY-2s develop the range of skillsets required to become well-rounded physicians.

Other rotations include neurology/palliative care, VA urgent care clinic, and an elective month. On subspecialty in-patient services, the PGY-2 resident serves as the team leader and further develops supervisory and teaching skills while working with PGY-1 residents and medical students. On consultation services, the PGY-2 resident initially evaluates patients and then presents the findings and recommendations to the consult attending physician for review and discussion. Consultation services also include participation in subspecialty clinics, conferences, and other activities of the devisions. Didactic and bedside instruction is provided in the special skills and techniques inherent to the various subspecialities. 

  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (VA/UH)

  • Cardiology Care Unity (UH)

  • Subspecialty Ward (UH)

  • Neurology (VA/UH)

  • Subspecialty Consult (UH)

  • Urgent Care Clinic (VA)

  • Ambulatory Block

  • Elective/Research

PGY-3 Residents: Tying it all together: Preparation for independent practice

PGY-3 Residents: Tying it all together: Preparation for independent practice

Tying it all together: Preparation for independent practice

Scheduling Model: (4) outpatient/consult weeks + (4) inpatient weeks

Similar to the PGY-2 year, time is evenly divided between ward and consultation services. While the consult rotations are similar to the PGY-2 year, the majority of ward months for the PGY-3 residents are spent on the general medicine inpatient services at University Hospital and the VA. The intention is to match the most senior and experienced residents with the rotations that require more responsibility for patient care, supervising and teaching. Working closely with the attending physician, the PGY-3 resident coordinates work rounds and teaching rounds for the team.

  • Tinsley Harrison Ward (UH)

  • VA Ward

  • Night Float

  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (VA/UH)

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Subspecialty Consult

  • Ambulatory Block

  • Elective/Research

Continuity Clinic Program Per Year

PGY-1 Residents: One full day of clinic per week

Residents will have one full day of clinic per week on non-ward months and no clinic on ward months. This allows interns to focus on their present service.

PGY-2 & PGY-3 Residents: Two half-day clinics per week

Residents will have two half-day clinics per week on non-ward months and no clinics during their ward months. This scheduling system allows residents to have a better clinic and ward experience and maintain continuity with their panel of patients.