The Kennestone Internal Medicine Residency Program offers new doctors a chance to learn from extraordinary teachers and clinicians who enthusiastically give back by sharing their skills and experience. At Kennestone the focus is on the whole doctor—healer, colleague and life-long learner. Faculty members know you not just as a resident, but also as an individual with a family, friends and a future.
Experience excitement, challenge and personal growth as you learn to practice medicine in a vibrant community setting without the feeling of being lost in a huge academic program. The WellStar Kennestone Internal Medicine residency program is built on the belief that the best healthcare is a partnership between patient and provider.
Unlike some programs, ours does not rely on residents to fill essential clinical positions. This is residency education developed with the learner in mind. Extraordinary teachers and mentors are dedicated to their patients and to your personal and professional development.
Acceptance to the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Residency Program in Internal Medicine is based on medical school performance, board exam results, letters of recommendation and in-person interviews. We especially encourage applicants who are committed to improving the health of Georgia residents. WellStar Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Internal Medicine curriculum is designed to comply with requirements to train residents to practice independently and to take, and pass the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) specialty board certification exam. The educational plan is designed to meet/exceed the educational requirements of the ACGME, Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC-IM), and the ABIM. The program’s structure gives residents the flexibility to configure learning opportunities to meet professional interests and to help them achieve their goals.
Interns will typically spend five months on the inpatient medicine wards. During the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, the inpatient ward experience is characteristically four months. Those who select elective primary care may do as few as three ward months during the final two years of training.
Continuity Clinic is an ongoing part of training in internal medicine. The RRC-IM requires residents to complete a minimum of 130 continuity clinics over the 36 months of residency training. It is also required that at least a third of internal medicine residency training be in an outpatient setting. With multiple schedule possibilities, we estimate that over 40% of the typical WellStar Kennestone resident’s training schedule will be in an outpatient setting and the requirement for a minimum number of Continuity Clinics will be comfortably exceeded.
Residents will rotate through the foundational subspecialties that make up much of internal medicine, including cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, nephrology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, pulmonology and hematology/oncology. The program requires residents to rotate through a minimum of 6 of these 8 subspecialty rotations.
Additionally Required Rotations:
In addition, rotations in neurology, geriatrics, emergency medicine and critical care are required by the RRC-IM. Interns will complete a one-month rotation in neurology. A one-month rotation and geriatrics is typically scheduled during the PGY-2 year. Emergency medicine (minimum 4 weeks and maximum 8 weeks) rotations occur during the intern and PGY-3 years. Interns will spend one month in the MICU and one month in the CCU. PGY-2 residents will work an additional month as supervising residents in the CCU. A supervising MICU rotation is scheduled to occur during the PGY-3 year.
Additional Non-Internal Medicine Elective Rotations:
In compliance with RRC-IM requirements, additional elective experiences are available for allergy/immunology, psychiatry, dermatology, medical oncology, women’s health/GYN, non-operative ENT, non-operative orthopedics/sports medicine, palliative care, sleep medicine, rehabilitation medicine and medical ophthalmology.
Novel Elective Rotation Possibilities:
Leveraging strengths of the WellStar Health System, curriculum and clinical experiences have also been developed in areas including community health, student health, research, population health, health policy/advocacy, urgent care, international health, complex care and bariatric medicine. Residents interested in primary care have the option of a special primary care elective during both the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years of training. For residents with compelling interest, additional rotations are available for heart failure, arrhythmias, hospitalist medicine and transplant medicine.
A variety of learning conferences augment resident education. These have been designed to address particular learning needs traditionally identified by residents. Included are Medicine Grand Rounds, Ambulatory Morning Report, Inpatient Report, Journal Club, Quality Improvement Conferences, Scholarship and Teaching among Residents (STAR) Conferences, Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) Conferences, a board review course and Morbidity/Mortality/Improvement Conferences. We also offer workshops and educational sessions related to leadership development.
Gain valuable exposure in trending areas like population health, quality of care and medical ethics. Learn patient care from our highly successful Accountable Care Organization (ACO), recognized nationally for substantial cost-savings and improved patient outcomes.
Residents follow a panel of clinic patients throughout their residency, gaining experience in longitudinal follow-up. You’ll also develop in-depth quality of care initiatives that keep patients safe and improve health outcomes.
In addition to standard IM offerings, residents can choose from non-traditional medicine rotations in areas like anesthesiology, sports medicine, women’s health, sleep medicine, student health, rehab, dermatology and ENT.
While we do not have a separate match listing for a primary care track, our flexible curriculum design makes it possible to incorporate two primary care rotations, working alongside highly successful practitioners.
The program uses data-driven systems like Lean Six Sigma to teach residents to avoid waste and work more efficiently. We help you learn the business, as well as the practice, of 21st century medicine.
Benefit from faculty involvement in specialties like population health management and healthcare advocacy.
Let our resource diversity be your competitive advantage.
Our salary and benefits program reflects our concern for the resident who has a life, not just a medical degree. Residents enjoy the same top-tier benefits offered to other WellStar Health System employees, and your health and wellness is a top priority. We’ve got people and programs to help you stay healthy, stay focused and not get overwhelmed.
Singular Concierge Services
Vacation and Incidental Sick Time
Group Long Term Disability (LTD)
Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance
Short Term Disability (STD)
Qualified Pension Plan (defined benefit plan)
Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403(b) defined contribution plan)
Eligible Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)
Medical Plan (High Deductible Health Plan Options)
Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vision, Accident, Critical Illness and Permanent Life Insurance
Thank you for your interest in the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Residency Program. It is our mission to create an exceptional and personalized training environment for people interested in serving patients as internists – whether as generalists or subspecialists – in order to provide the highest quality of care for our community.
Our interview season will run from mid-October through mid-January. Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and any interested individual must be registered to participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP); no program positions will be offered outside of the NRMP.
Our application deadline is December 1st, of the interview year; applications not submitted (and complete) by this date will not be considered for review by the residency selection committee. The program’s residency selection committee will review the ERAS applications and interview offers will be extended based on the applicant’s overall portfolio. Interview invitations will be issued only through the ERAS post office to the applicant’s e-mail address, as indicated on the ERAS application. Available interviews will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.
Please note that the required information, including letters of recommendation be in English; non-translated documents will not be accepted. Only applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be considered for an interview. Interviewees will be evaluated based on medical school performance, letters of recommendation, board examination scores, personal statement, and their overall interview performance.
WellStar Health System, including the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regards to a person’s ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.