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Internal Medicine

Program in Internal Medicine
Approved positions: 50; Funded positions: 50

Welcome From the Program Director
Welcome to the internal medicine information page at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our goal is to train board certified, competent and successful physicians.  Our program provides the teaching, patient population and mentoring to achieve these goals.  Our faculty are dedicated with years of teaching experience and provide a nurturing environment.  They attend resident conferences, assist residents in research, work side by side with the residents in the clinic and wards, and develop mentoring relationships with the residents.

Location
Our hospital is located in Pontiac, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit and serves a diverse population.  Housing is very affordable and there is little traffic congestion.  Many residents walk to work from nearby apartments.  Public schools are exemplary and nationally rated.  Detroit hosts many cultural, sports and entertainment venues and is only 20 minutes away. 

Curriculum
Our curriculum focuses on patient based care.  Evidence based medicine, science and technology are blended with compassion at the bedside. Residents develop lifelong skills that will sustain their practice.

Sample rotation schedule

PGY 1
PGY 2
PGY 3
CCU
Ward
Night Float
ICU
Emergency
Core rotation
Amb Block
Vacation
2 months
6 months
1 months
0 months
0 months
1 month
1 month
28 Days CTO
CCU
Ward
Night Float
ICU
Emergency
Core rotation
Amb Block
Vacation
0 month
4 months
1 month
2 months
0 months
3 month
1 month
28 Days CTO
CCU
Ward
Night Float
ICU
Emergency
Core rotation
Amb Block
Vacation
2 months
6 months
1 months
0 months
0 months
1 month
1 month
28 Days CTO

Over a three-year period residents require the following rotations

Floor (ward)
Night Float
CCU/ICU
Core rotation
Vacation
Selective Rotations
12 months
2 months
6 months
9 months
3 months ( 28 Days CTO)
4 month
Total 36 months

Simulation Laboratory
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is proud to announce its Simulation Lab is in operation.  Internal Medicine curriculum schedules residents quarterly. In addition to hands on training, faculty provides didactics and feedback to support training.

Graduating Residents
Our American Board of Internal Medicine three-year running pass rate is 92% and above the national average. Most of our graduating residents work as hospitalists.  About a quarter to half of residents go on to fellowship training.  A few residents go into primary care. 

Conferences  
Residents have regularly scheduled conferences.  Morning Report is an interactive session that focuses on diagnosis and medical management decisions. Noon Conference are formal lectures held Monday through Friday. Other conferences include Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Report, and Ethics Grand Rounds.  Faculty assist residents in preparation for their presentations and mentor them in the use of PowerPoint and presentation skills.

Work Hours and Time Off
The Internal Medicine Residency Program follows all ACGME rules and regulations for work hours and time off.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 & 2 on the first attempt with preferred scores of 210 or above
  • Applicants must pass the CSA exam on the first attempt
  • Graduation from medical school within 5 years
  • US citizenship, Green Card, Permanent Resident, EAD, J-1 visa
  • Application through ERAS
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Application deadline: October 15th.

The administration, department of medicine and medical education are committed to a training program of excellence. For further information, please call the Internal Medicine Residency program at (248) 858-6233.

Please note: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or have a work authorization card or a J1 visa.

Benjamin Diaczok,
MD, FACP
Director of
Internal Medicine

Monica Nicola, MD
Associate Program
Director of
Internal Medicine

 

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