Our Programs

Physicians of the future will need to deliver systems-based, high-value relationship-centered care that incorporates the principles of quality improvement and health equity. The George Washington University Internal Medicine Residency Program consists of a categorical medicine program, a primary care program, and a preliminary internship program designed to do just that. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to develop each resident's ability to deliver evidence-based, humanistic, high-quality, high value medical care through a health equity lens and to prepare our graduates to be leaders, educators, and scholars in their fields.  


We are the epicenter of Public health and health policy!   

  • Public Health, Advocacy, and Humanities is embedded in what we do. Our public health school (the only one in DC) offers a health policy elective (Residency Fellowship in Health Policy) in which residents attend hearings on Capitol Hill, meet with lawmakers, and learn considerations, implications, and the role of physicians in health advocacy and policy.  


We offer awesome, innovative, and unique experiences! 

  • Our unique primary care program is one of the oldest in the country. In the ambulatory year (12 consecutive months of outpatient medicine), residents rotate through medical and surgical outpatient clinics, assisted living facility, and participate in home visits. 


  • Our longitudinal QI and High Value Care curriculum, one of the first of its kind to be implemented, has served as a blueprint for other programs.  Not only do residents learn the principles of QI, patient safety, and health equity, but we provide mentorship for each resident to design and implement a QI project to positively impact patient care 


  • We see learning about social determinants of health, practicing pro-equity fundamentals, and dismantling racism and other structural barriers to health equity as core principles and as such, strive to integrate these principles into all resident training and patient care 


  • Want more skills in public health or serving historically marginalized and under-resourced populations? Consider Underserved Medicine & Public Health (UMPH) concentration or our HIV in Internal Medicine Pathway (HIP)! 


  • Want to incorporate evidence-based ways to truly help your patients achieve optimal health? Learn from experts in our Lifestyle Medicine Pathway and Weight Management Curricula from day 1 


  • Interested in advocacy? Speak at a DC Council meeting, attend a march on the National Mall or Supreme Court steps, or visit members of Congress on a professional organization’s Hill Day.  


  • Other experiences such as Addiction Medicine, HIV medicine, Research, ABC News, and POCUS offer opportunities for residents to further expand their skills 



Our residents! 

  • We pride ourselves on attracting smart, compassionate, friendly residents who care about each other and our patients. We like each other! 


  • Our residents and faculty value justice, equity, diversity & inclusion and love learning from each other (in both directions!). Each resident contributes to the richness of our program in their own unique way. 


  • Our residents provide informal and formal input to improve our program regularly and are excellent teachers and leaders in their own right - See the “Unique and Highlighted Experiences” tab for medical education and leadership opportunities, including our Medical Education curriculum, House Officer Council (HOC), Diversity Network, and GME/hospital committees. 



The patients we serve and learn from! 

  • We proudly serve and learn from patients from all over the “DMV” (and world really) including all walks of life - from people who are from historically marginalized and disinvested communities to veterans and highly insured government officials or diplomats.  


  • Training at our 3 major sites, including the National Institutes of Health, ensures that you will have learned about advances in medicine, navigating various health care systems, and variety of illnesses ranging from horses to zebras!  


  • We value community collaborations through partnerships like GW’s Rodham Institute and GW’s Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and integrate Health Equity and Anti-Racism principles into our curricula, care for patients, quality improvement initiatives, and policies to help us better serve our diverse patient populations. 


We value the whole you:  

  • From our research and writing curriculum, special tracks to unique experiences, there are many opportunities to truly tailor your training experience to your personal goals.   


  • We also recognize the importance of fostering a safe, supportive environment so that every resident has the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.  


  • We utilize several program activities to promote wellness and belonging, including off-site workshops twice per year, monthly social events, running club, winter holiday and end-of-the-year parties, our department’s annual Cuentos humanities publication, and pet therapy available at GWUH (for housestaff, attendings and patients!). 


You belong here! 

  • We intentionally strive to attract and recruit a talented, dedicated class that is diverse in interests, backgrounds, identities, experiences, and thoughts through a holistic approach. 


  • We foster a supportive, inclusive environment in which all of our amazing residents can thrive and develop to their fullest potential. 


Please learn more about us by reading our website - we think you'll like what you see! 
And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.