Internal
Medicine

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.

Compassionate, academic, comprehensive, collaborative

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.

Curriculum

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 ashley.thomas@wellstar.org or via phone at 404-265-4158.

Unique Features

Mindful Mentoring

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.

Impressive Metrics

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.

Leadership & House Staff
Miriam Parker
MD, FACP
Designated Institutional Officer / Program Director, Internal Medicine
Dr. Parker is a dedicated practitioner and teacher. A native of Philadelphia, PA she completed her medical education at Temple University with subsequent residency training in Internal Medicine at Emory University where she then served as an Assistant Clinical Professor until joining Atlanta Medical Center. Passionate about graduate medical education, Dr. Parker has been a member of the AMC faculty since 1997, holding the Program Directorship position for over 20 years. A fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Parker is actively involved in resident education in both the inpatient and ambulatory care arenas and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Her style is open-door, hands-on training with particular joy in teaching the physical exams and connecting with residents. She has been a committed patient safety advocate throughout her career as longstanding chairperson of the Patient Safety Committee at WellStar AMC.
Thomas Lall
MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine
A native of Michigan, Dr. Lall completed his medical education and residency training in Detroit and Ann Arbor, respectively. Since the completion of residency and a chief resident year, he has dedicated himself to the education of residents and medical students. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical College of Ohio. At WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Lall has served as the IM Clerkship Co-Director as well as the Vice Chair of the IM department. His interests include physician and resident well-being, addiction/analgesic medicine and procedural medicine. As Associate Program Director, Dr. Lall attends to resident education in both the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Hospital committee work includes membership on the Analgesic Reduction and Peer Review Committees at WellStar AMC. Dr. Lall retains faculty appointments at The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and at The Ross University School of Medicine.
Brian Pearlman
MD, FACP, FAASLD, AAHIVS
Brian Pearlman has been a member of the Internal Medicine Department since 1999. After completing an Internal Medicine residency training in Texas, he was in private practice in a dual Internal Medicine and Endocrinology clinic. Dr. Pearlman is currently a Professor of Medicine at MCG and holds a Professorship in Medicine at Emory School of Medicine. As a nationally recognized leader in viral hepatitis, he has publications in many high-impact journals and also serves as the Director of the WellStar AMC Center for Hepatitis C. During his nearly 20 years of training residents, he has been honored with the Outstanding Preceptor Award on numerous occasions for his teaching excellence.
Israel Orija
MD, FACP, FACE
Israel Orija joined the Internal Medicine WellStar AMC faculty in 2004. A native of Nigeria, he graduated from the University of Lagos Medical School and after initial post-graduate training in the UK, completed both Internal Medicine and subsequent Endocrinology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Orija oversees the endocrinology training of our residents and has a particular interest in diabetes, thyroid, pituitary and general endocrinology.
Zandraetta Tims-Cook
MD, MPH
Zandraetta Tims-Cook, a graduate of Spelman College, received her medical degree from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University followed by residency training at Vanderbilt University and Infectious Disease fellowship at Emory University. She additionally holds an MPH degree from Columbia University. Dr. Tims-Cook practices both Hospital and Infectious Disease Medicine and has a particular interest in HIV care advocacy for underserved communities. At WellStar AMC, Dr. Tims-Cook serves as infectious disease champion for multiple quality improvement efforts and holds the title of Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Chairperson of the Infection Prevention Committee.
Nomi Traub
MD
Dr. Nomi Traub joined the staff of WellStar AMC in 2007, as a full-time faculty member in Graduate Medical Education. A native New Yorker, Dr. Traub attended Barnard College in New York City, and graduated from medical school at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. She completed Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary disease at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Since finishing her training, Dr. Traub has consistently practiced as a clinician-educator in Boston, Chicago and Atlanta. She currently co-directs the third year medical student clerkship in Internal Medicine at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Traub serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include preventive medicine, medical education and pragmatic, evidence-based care of chronic illness.
Christina Noble
MHA
Internal Medicine Residency Coordinator
Atlanta native Christina Noble received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her Master’s in Health Administration from Florida A&M University. Christina has worked in various healthcare roles, including project management consulting, clinical recruiting and case management. Christina’s strengths include her work ethic, charisma and ability to build relationships. Her passion to serve others also extends outside of the workplace, through active community service.
Michael Assefa, M.D.
PGY-1
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine
Sileshi Fenta, M.D.
PGY-1
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
Belien Gage, M.D.
PGY-1
Hawassa University College of Medicine and Health Science
Sarah Hamad, M.D.
PGY-1
University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
Abiot Lemma, M.D.
PGY-1
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
Bereket Lodebo, M.D.
PGY-1
Gondar College of Medical and Health Sciences
Endale Mengesha, M.D.
PGY-1
Gondar College of Medical and Health Sciences
Husam Mustafa, M.D.
PGY-1
Kassala University
Miguel Jara, M.D.
PGY-1
Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Facultad de Ciencias Médicas y de la Salud
(Syeda) Hira Zahid, M.D.
PGY-1
Khyber Medical College
Kheder Basheer, M.D.
PGY-2
University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
Huda Elsheikh, M.D.
PGY-2
University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
Samuel Fantaye, M.D.
PGY-2
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine
Fatma Hassan, M.D.
PGY-2
University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
Shumet Lonsako, M.D.
PGY-2
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
Adam (Charles) Manly, M.D.
PGY-2
Ross University School of Medicine
Shereen Mohamed Nour, M.D.
PGY-2
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
Getnet Tioum, M.D.
PGY-2
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine
Neetha Vadde, M.D.
PGY-2
P.S.I. Medical College
Betelhem Woldemariam, M.D.
PGY-2
Gondar College of Medical and Health Sciences
Yasser Abdelbaki, M.D.
PGY-3
University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine
Anahita Alvanpour, M.D.
PGY-3
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
Parth Amin, M.D.
PGY-3
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia's Health Sciences University
Travis Douglass, M.D.
PGY-3
Ross University School of Medicine
Amir Mohammed, M.D.
PGY-3
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
Temitope Olatunji-Bello, M.D.
PGY-3
Lagos State University College of Medicine
Ekatherine Rivera, M.D.
PGY-3
Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Facultad de Ciencias Médicas y de la Salud
Aderajew Taddesse, M.D.
PGY-3
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine
Admasu Tessema, M.D.
PGY-3
Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine
Salary & Benefits

Benefits include:

  • A minimum of one day in seven free from hospital duties
  • Annual Vacation: 3 weeks
  • Fully paid business travel for abstract and podium presentations
  • Free professional conference poster preparation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Membership at Highland Athletic Club (adjacent to hospital)
  • Free Parking
  • EPIC Integrated System throughout the hospital and clinics; ability to access from home or mobile device
  • iPad mini
  • Jury and Bereavement Leave
  • Library access 24/7 for medical searches and article retrieval
  • Daily meals provided while in the hospital
  • Pleasant On-Call Quarters
  • Resident-Led Medical Ward Teams
  • Best Upon Request® on-site concierge service with minimal fees (ex: grocery shopping, car maintenance, gift retrieval)
  • Resident expense account for approved educational purchases up to $1,500
  • UpToDate™ access
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) annual membership

 

Core Benefits

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.

 

Disability Plan

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.

 

Reimbursement Accounts

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.

Application Requirements & How to Apply

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.

  • Recent graduation from US or non-US medical school (within 5 years)
  • Clinical experience, as evidenced by letters of recommendation, from within the United States during externships/rotations
  • USMLE scores ≥ 225 on both Part I and Part II; no history of prior failures and passage of the CSA examination
  • Fluency in English and good written language skills
  • ECFMG certification if applicable
  • VISA status: J-1 visa holders only. Atlanta Medical Center does not sponsor other VISA types.

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.