The mission of the Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency is to produce competent, caring physicians who possess all the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in practice and subspecialty training. Two training sites, an urban tertiary care center in the heart of Philadelphia and a large state-of-the-art suburban hospital, give our residents exposure to a vast spectrum of patient populations, disease processes and training experiences. We aim to promote a spirit of collegiality and professionalism among our residents while maintaining high standards for patient care and education.
The Drexel/HUH Categorical Medicine program is a three-year training program designed to give our residents a foundation for the medical career of their choice. There are 42 positions per year in this program. Residents completing our categorical program will be eligible to sit for certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Graduates have successfully pursued fellowship training as well as a variety of careers in general internal medicine across the country (see graduate placement).
Our aim is to balance critical care, inpatient and outpatient rotations to maximize exposure to the full spectrum of internal medicine. Our primary training site is Hahnemann University Hospital, but residents will also rotate at Abington – Jefferson Health. The primary care continuity practice experience allows residents to provide longitudinal care of outpatients throughout the three years of training. Secondary practice experiences, focused on individual career interests either in general internal medicine or a subspecialty, will be added in the second and third year of training.
Third- and fourth-year medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine rotate at both Hahnemann and Abington for their medicine clerkships and subinternships, and on critical care and subspecialty services. This provides our residents with a great opportunity to function as mentors and educators.
The Drexel/HUH Preliminary Medicine program is a one-year training program designed for those residents seeking a career in an advanced specialty that requires one year of internal medicine training prior to beginning specialty training. We have 20 preliminary medicine PGY-1s who train side-by-side with our categorical residents. Rotations occur at both Hahnemann University Hospital and Abington – Jefferson Health in order to broaden the diversity of their experience. Preliminary interns have gone on to further training in areas such as anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiation oncology and radiology.
Our goal for trainees in the preliminary year-long experience is to integrate them as seamlessly as possible into the residency program and maximize their experiences in order to fully prepare for their advanced specialty training. Inpatient rotations for preliminary interns are identical to those of our categorical interns. Rotations and schedules for preliminary interns parallel the categorical interns, but since a dedicated continuity practice experience is not required, it is generally replaced with additional elective time during the +1 week. Participation in the education curriculum, education half days and the firm system is identical.
For Osteopathic Applicants
The Drexel/HUH Internal Medicine Residency has trained qualified graduates of osteopathic medical schools for many years. Our intern year experience meets the criteria for certification by the AOA under Resolution 42. We are proud of our osteopathic residents, many of whom have attained leadership positions in our program, including serving as chief medical residents in our program.
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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.