Internal Medicine

The mission 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.

Wellstar Cobb Hospital

In November 2022, our program relocated to our new home at Wellstar Cobb Hospital (WCH).  WCH is a 387-bed hospital in the Wellstar Health System located about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta that offers advanced comprehensive care to the people of South Cobb County. Wellstar Cobb’s cutting-edge technology and access to a comprehensive set of specialties and subspecialties will allow for a robust medical education experience for our residents. A Healthgrades 2020 Distinguished Hospital Award Recipient, WCH provides approximately 100k total inpatient days, 280k outpatient visits, and 110k emergency room visits annually. 

As a major tertiary hospital, WCH was ideally positioned to serve as our new primary training location and deliver an exceptional clinical training environment. The facilities at WCH are contemporary and spacious and provide an outstanding environment with excellent amenities for the internal medicine residents, faculty, and staff. Residents gain experience providing care for a diverse patient population from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. WCH and its many surrounding clinics provide amplified opportunities for our residency ambulatory educational experience.

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. Wellstar’s collaboration with Medical College of Georgia further enhances our mission as an academic teaching institution.   

Scholastic Achievement
Our residents have consistently achieved outstanding participation in major Internal Medicine and subspecialty meetings with abstract and poster acceptances. We are extremely proud or our graduates’ success in gaining acceptances within competitive fellowship programs and their subsequent faculty teaching appointments.
Resident Diversity
We believe that in diversity there is great strength. Our program provides a wonderful milieu in which our trainees can thrive alongside residents, faculty and patients from diverse countries, cultures and religions.
Well-Being Redefined
Deliberate attention to each resident’s well-being can greater impact the residency experience. We take pride in a residency curriculum which aims to ensure ample time for self-reflection, self-care, and family/friend support. Our sponsoring institution, Wellstar Health System, offers unparalleled wellness benefits for each of its residents including a curated wellness curriculum, access to a personal wellness consultant and low-cost health club memberships.
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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 Noon Report, Journal Club, Grand Rounds, Case of the Week, M&M Conference, and a robust Board Review lecture series. Additionally, program training requirements in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement provide our residents with additional critical skills.  These diverse opportunities for learning ensure the residents’ mastery of the knowledge and skills required to practice general Internal Medicine or pursue subspecialty training.

Continuity Clinic

Throughout their three years of training, residents maintain a continuity clinic at the Austell GME Clinic 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. Each resident receives quarterly feedback regarding certain important quality metrics relating to their patient panels including those related to patient experience.


Scholarship & Research

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), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 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 Cobb Medical Center. Additionally, all senior residents are required to engage in a research or quality improvement project which is presented yearly on Research Day.  Each resident receives support from the Wellstar Research Institute (WRI) as well as a Director of Research who co-chairs the Academic Review Committee (ARC) which vets all research projects. Residents are able to take up to two (2) Research electives during their training.

Positioned for Fellowship

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.
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Applicant Information and Eligibility Criteria

Wellstar Cobb Hospital Internal Medicine residency program requires applications to be submitted through Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). All categorical internal medicine residency positions will be filled through National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

  • Applicants must be graduates from medical schools in the United States or Canada, accredited by The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduates from medical school outside of the United States or Canada must hold a valid certification from the ECFMG prior to appointment
  • Medical school graduation within five years is preferred
  • Must have passing score in USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK
  • U.S. clinical experience required for international medical graduates

ERAS Application consists of:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • MSPE or Deans Letter or Equivalent
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

International Graduates:

  • Must be ECFMG-certified
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship offered

For additional program details including exam requirements and salaries, visit our FREIDA listing.

Miriam Parker, MD
Program Director
Internal Medicine
Dr. Parker has dedicated her medical career to graduate medical education. A native of Philadelphia, 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 before joining Atlanta Medical Center. Passionate about graduate medical education, Dr. Parker has been a member of the Atlanta Medical Center faculty since 1997, holding the Program Directorship position for over 20 years. In 2013, she assumed the role of Designated Institutional Official and is a graduate of AMC’s GME Leadership Development Certificate PRogram.

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. In addition, Dr. Parker has been a Patient Experience Champion and a committed advocate for Patient Safety for which she was honored in 2016 with WellStar’s Quality and Safety Leaders Award.
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 as chief resident year, he has dedicated himself to the education of residents and medical students. He previously held professorships at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Ohio.

At WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Lall has served as the Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director as well as the Vice Chair of the Internal Medicine 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. His hospital commits include membership on the Analgesic Reduction and Peer Review Committees at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Lall retains faculty appointments at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and at the Ross University School of Medicine.