Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
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Residency Experience

Our three-year categorical program provides excellent preparation for a career in general internal medicine, hospital medicine or one of its subspecialties. Our curriculum provides a well-balanced experience for all residents and prepares them for a career in academic medicine. Browse below to learn about our program as a whole, or visit our Rotations & Schedules page for examples of what to expect on a daily and yearly basis.

Training Programs

Our residency program offers a choice of three training programs; choose one to learn more.

  • Physician-Scientist Training Program
    Focuses on the transition period from graduation with an MD or combined MD/PhD degree to appointment to a full-time academic position as a physician-scientist.
  • Preliminary Year Training Program
    Offers students a strong clinical year of internal medicine before pursuing training at the second-year level in dermatology, anesthesiology, ophthalmology and other specialties.
  • Medical Dermatology Training Program
    Designed to prepare residents for careers in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology.


Inpatient Services

Geographically localized inpatient services provide a team-oriented approach to patient care with interdisciplinary rounds, bedside teaching and robust conferences, including daily morning report, grand rounds and a diverse noon conference series.

Inpatient Education

Ambulatory Education

An outpatient clinical Ambulatory Education experience that provides continuity experiences, ambulatory blocks and exposure to outstanding primary care role models. Also a transitions clinic for uninsured patients or those without a primary care doctor but in need of urgent follow-up.
Ambulatory Education

Simulation Training

Nationally recognized Simulation Training program with curriculum in ACLS, ultrasound guided procedures (CVC placement, paracentesis) and communication skills (handoffs and goals of care) among others. Additional supplementary curriculum in social determinants of health, professionalism and women’s professional development promote a robust education in internal medicine.

Simulation Training

Academic Pathways

Academic Pathways provide in depth tailoring for academic and clinical skill development. While all residents are exposed to topics from each of these pathways in the general curriculum, residents in their second and/or third years can electively participate in one or more of these one-to-two-year certificate programs.

Academic Pathways
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