The WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) Internal Medicine Residency Program has been training internal medicine residents since 1942. The principal aim of our program is to produce compassionate well-trained internal medicine clinicians in a residency program that models ethical and professional behavior through mentorship and collaboration within the healthcare environment, and provide opportunities for our residents to become leaders. Residents are an integral part of the inpatient medicine and sub-specialty teams at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, providing care for a wide variety of patients under close attending supervision.
As a community program with a strong academic focus, we have a consistent record of excellence in scholarly activity and have maintained a solid track record of graduating residents able to effectively compete for sub-specialty fellowship opportunities and employment opportunities as hospitalists. Our relationship with multiple medical schools further enhances our program’s teaching mission with students well integrated into our learning environment while on junior clerkship rotations and electives.
The year 1 (PGY-1) experience includes 8 months of inpatient medicine (internal medicine wards, cardiology, ICU and infectious disease), and one month each of outpatient medicine and neurology. Additional exposure to a metabolic support rotation and 4-5 weeks of night float are required.
The second and third years allow for increased elective time within outpatient rotations. In-house call for those 2 years averages approximately 1 in 7. During that period, IM residents complete rotations in all Internal Medicine subspecialty areas, and can tailor their schedules according to career goals.
The program includes a syllabus of prescribed learning experiences, accomplished in a variety of teaching settings. Formal conferences are provided daily to all residents in addition to informal didactic teaching by individual teaching faculty. Core curriculum lectures are complemented by Morning Report, Journal Club, Case of the Week, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and a Board Review lecture series. These diverse opportunities for learning ensure the residents’ mastery of the knowledge and skills required to practice general Internal Medicine or pursue subspecialty training.
Throughout their three years of training, residents maintain a continuity clinic at the Sheffield Health Care Center one-half day per week where they care for a panel of patients with a wide variety of medical problems. The small faculty-to-resident ratio within the clinic optimizes resident learning opportunities in outpatient medicine. Residents are able to follow their own patients from the ambulatory to the inpatient setting and thus gain invaluable experience in longitudinal care. Preventive medicine is stressed, and residents provide routine gynecologic care to their female patients.
Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in scholarly activities that lead to publication and/or presentations at regional and national scientific meetings. In recent years residents have been active participants in meetings of the American College of Physicians (ACP), The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), receiving awards for podium and poster presentations. Resident participation in such activities has strong institutional support from WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.
We are committed to providing an environment in which our residents are supported in their quest for fellowship positions should they pursue this career direction. We are extremely proud of our graduates’ fellowship placements, which include many subspecialties and top-tier academic institutions. Those entering fellowship consistently report back to us that they have felt exceptionally well prepared for the challenges inherent in these post-graduate positions.
Clerkship (Medical Student Rotators)
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center offers qualified third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to pursue a core or elective clerkship in Internal Medicine. The focus is on hands-on training in an exciting urban healthcare environment with diverse and often complex patient conditions.
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center is affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Mercer University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ross University School of Medicine.
Clerkship participants work out of the main WellStar Atlanta Medical Campus in downtown Atlanta. Students provide their own housing during the clerkship, often staying with friends or relatives in the Atlanta area or in nearby housing. Participants give the program high marks and benefit greatly from the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to “real world” healthcare.
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center welcomes a limited number of medical students. For more information please contact Ashley Thomas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 404-265-4158.
The program is recognized for the close mentoring relationships that develop among residents and their attending physicians (who average nearly 15 years with the program). This is a result of the deep commitment of our physician-educators to rounding and teaching.
Our residents’ academic performance as measured by standardized exams is impressive. ACP In-training exam (ITE) performance has consistently placed our residents at the >95th percentile nationwide. Additionally, the most recent 3-year rolling ABIM Board pass rates stand at 93%. For those seeking fellowship positions upon graduation, nearly 85% of our residents who apply subsequently secure such subspecialty training.
Available to full time employees at no cost, these benefits include: Basic Employee Life Insurance, Basic Personal Accident Insurance and Long Term Disability coverage.
Medical/ Dental/ Vision Plan
Choose from comprehensive options in all three areas. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.
Full time employees may purchase Short-term and Critical Illness coverage. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.
Life/Disability/ Voluntary Benefits Plans
Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance are available to you, your spouse, and children. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.
Set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.
403(b) Retirement Plan
All team members are immediately eligible to participate in the 403(b) plan. There is no waiting period to begin your contributions. Participating employees will receive a company match on their contributions of up to 4% of their base salaries.
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), for resident recruitment. Note that the WellStar AMC program does not offer preliminary intern or transitional positions. Below please find a brief summary of the key items, which are used as a part of the process for candidate selection.
We invite you to submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications may be submitted through December 31, but early applications are given preference. In the past several years, we have received over 3,500 applicants yearly and therefore are not able to respond individually. We will notify you should we select your application for an interview.
Our interview schedule begins in early November and continues through January. Please note that interviews are by invitation and will be scheduled on Fridays only during the time period listed. We welcome your interest in WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program!
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Christina Noble.