Letter from the Chair of the Department of Medicine
Welcome to the Department of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine! Moving from medical school to residency is a major transition in your life and career. Selecting a training program that suits your educational, clinical and emotional needs can seem daunting. At the Drexel Internal Medicine Residency program, we make every effort to provide our residents with the tools to face any and all challenges set before them.
Our house officers have the opportunity to treat patients from all walks of life and levels of illness. At our core site, Hahnemann University Hospital, located in Center City Philadelphia, residents see advanced heart failure, solid organ transplant recipients, complex renal and liver disease, high-acuity critical care and complex oncology patients, while our incomparable affiliate suburban hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, exposes residents to the "bread and butter" cases. This combination ensures that Drexel internal medicine residents see a diverse set of patients and illnesses.
We are deeply committed to the education of our residents. Comprehensive, didactic teaching occurs every day, which provides the foundation for our interns and residents knowledge base. Daily teaching rounds, our core curriculum lectures, evidence-based medicine series, quality improvement presentations, simulation activities and excellent departmental grand rounds series are just the beginning of the teaching program we offer. The leadership and support of our distinguished, enthusiastic faculty foster a stimulating atmosphere, and our residents have flourished. Our residency has recently changed to the “Plus 1” calendar, where intensive rotations are followed by a week of outpatient general medicine, specialty clinic experiences and additional learning blocks.
Drexel University also provides unique learning and research opportunities, including those with the Dornsife School of Public Health, the College of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, and the LeBow College of Business. Over the past years, residents have been able to take public health and business classes, and have performed clinical and bench research with nationally-renowned leading investigators. Drexel residents have presented their research and case reports not only at a local level, but at national conferences as well.
Drexel has made a personal commitment to each and every one of our residents. We have high expectations for our graduates, who have continued in careers including general internal medicine, subspecialty fellowships, academics, research and public health policy. Our well established Firm System was created to provide you personalized attention, to help you set goals, and to become acquainted with your co-residents in a lower stress environment.
Drexel is confident that when you graduate from our residency, you will have the skills, resources and vision to help you reach your full potential.
Ellie Kelepouris, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.