Letter from the Program Director

Dear Applicant, 

Photo of Susan WolfsthalThank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine training programs at the University of Maryland. This web site describes our philosophy for postgraduate education and the structure and content of the curriculum. We offer four training programs and a research track:

  • 3-year categorical program in Internal Medicine
  • 4-year residency in Medicine-Pediatrics
  • 5-year residency in Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine
  • 1-year preliminary program in Internal Medicine
  • ABIM Research pathway with 2 years of IM followed by subspecialty fellowship training as physician scientists

Through both individual faculty mentoring and participation in our Career Pathways, our residents receive guidance to reach their goals.  These four Career Pathways are structured for our residents planning a career in a subspecialty fellowship, hospital medicine, primary care and international health.

Throughout their training, our residents actively participate in a well-rounded core curriculum in general internal medicine and its subspecialties with an excellent balance of ambulatory and inpatient experiences. They assume complete responsibility for the inpatient and outpatient care of their patients under the supervision of faculty who are expert clinicians and have achieved prominence in a variety of fields, including cardiology, pulmonary medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, gastroenterology and hepatology, nephrology, hematology, medical oncology, sleep medicine, transplant medicine and international health.  With a training and coverage schedule that ensure wellness, our residents have ample opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment and have time for friends and family.

Residents receive training in evidence based medicine, epidemiology, teaching and team management skills, research design, ethics, palliative medicine and a cost consciousness approach to clinical practice. They also participate in simulation and ultrasound sessions to enhance their procedural technique. Hence, they develop the prerequisite skills to become general internists or subspecialty fellows. Our residents are part of an enthusiastic educational environment that is designed to enhance academic curiosity, foster excellence in clinical and teaching skills, and promote clinical and basic science research.

Our graduates have a reputation for being of high quality and are actively sought by fellowship programs throughout the country and by hospitalist programs and private practices. Our track record in securing top fellowship positions for our residents is outstanding. Most of our graduates who enter primary care or hospital medicine stay within the local area or region, often becoming preceptors and mentors for future generations of Maryland students and residents.

We are proud to serve and care for the underserved people of Baltimore and work to address health care disparities.  Our residents care for patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center, a downtown community hospital. In addition, our residents attend ambulatory sites at hospital and community clinics and private practices throughout Baltimore, its suburbs and optional rural sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore. By receiving their training in a tertiary care academic hospital, a VA and a community hospital and at a wide variety of ambulatory sites, our residents develop skills to care for patients with a broad mix of illnesses and socioeconomic backgrounds in a multiplicity of clinical settings.

A wonderful strength of our program is the camaraderie among our residents. Their spirit and enthusiasm are evident not only in their interactions at conferences and in their mutual support in their clinical work, but also in their friendships outside the hospital.

I invite you to tour the rest of our web site and submit an ERAS application to the University of Maryland. You can reach us at UMDMED@medicine.umaryland.edu. I look forward to meeting you and to talking to you about your interests.


Susan D. Wolfsthal, M.D.

Susan D. Wolfsthal, M.D.
Celeste L. Woodward Professor in Humanitarian and Ethical Practice
Associate Chair for Education
Director, Residency Training Program

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