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Internal Medicine Residency Letter from the Program Director

Richard G. Paluzzi, MD

At Drexel, we are very proud of our deep commitment to training young physicians that is founded in over 150 years of tradition. Our mission is to produce complete, well-rounded internists with the academic, clinical and professional skills that are necessary to pursue subspecialty training or successful careers in any area of medicine. The wide-ranging experiences of our internship year also provide an outstanding foundation for our preliminary residents to continue training in other disciplines.

Our program at Drexel provides comprehensive and broad-based training, dedicated to producing confident, knowledgeable, professional and compassionate internists. The core rotations and curriculum of the program are based at Hahnemann University Hospital, a large, comprehensive, tertiary referral center located in Center City Philadelphia. Our residents also rotate through Abington Memorial Hospital, a state-of-the-art, modern facility, which is located in the Philadelphia suburbs. The combination of experiences at these two facilities exposes our residents to a tremendous diversity of patients and pathology that serves as the "classroom" for their education. In addition to these clinical experiences, residency at Drexel also provides unique opportunities for those with special interest in clinical or basic science research, informatics, bio-engineering or the study of healthcare administration or public health.

We at Drexel are also committed to the personal development and mentoring of each of our residents. We recognize that the stress of residency brings with it the need for support, counseling and guidance. Our "Firm System" divides the program into smaller groups, each led by an associate program director, with the assistance of a chief medical resident and key faculty members. Each firm's leadership provides the residents with greater support, on a more personal level. The groups also foster academic and social opportunities in an atmosphere that is positive and intellectually stimulating.

Wherever you envision your future, be it as an internist, subspecialist, academician, researcher or working in the fields of public health or administration, Drexel will provide you with the well-rounded education, unique experiences and personal development that will position you to successfully attain your goal. I welcome you to consider the opportunity to benefit from our success and to add to our rich heritage, and I look forward to meeting you personally.

Richard G. Paluzzi, MD
Program Director

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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.

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