Training

To prepare residents to become general internists, subspecialty fellows or medical researchers, Cedars-Sinai offers a well-rounded, flexible training program in internal medicine.

Training Pathways

There are three key pathways in internal medicine that residents may take: categorical, primary care and physician-scientist training program. We also offer a one-year preliminary program.

Our traditional categorical pathway offers balanced training in the inpatient and outpatient settings and prepares residents to have successful careers as general internists, hospitalists, and subspecialists. Our categorical pathway employs an X+Y (4+1) model of training which allows residents to have consistent and protected ambulatory time every fifth week of their training. This training model also allows residents to focus on their inpatient duties when they are on inpatient services.  In the hospital setting, residents will spend a large portion of time in the general wards and ICUs, and will also rotate on subspecialized services such as the heart failure/heart transplant service and the hematology/oncology wards.  Rotations through inpatient subspecialty consult services provide experience with acutely ill patients and complex cases. In the outpatient setting, in addition to continuity clinic every fifth week, residents will rotate through a variety of community-based clinics and have ample exposure to subspecialty clinics. 

Categorial residents have 12 weeks of elective time over 3 years, allowing schedules to be tailored to an individual resident’s career interests and needs. Residents may use their 12 weeks of elective time to participate in research projects.

Residents interested in a career in primary care medicine will follow a curriculum designed to teach the core aspects of outpatient medicine and population health They will also be exposed to the latest advances in ambulatory health.

The Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is intended for those graduates who wish to extend their clinical education to include research training. The PSTP focuses training in clinical, translational and/or basic science research and is comprised of two main tracks—general internal medicine or subspecialty. At the successful completion of the PSTP training, candidates who have successfully completed the requirements of the training program will have the opportunity to become a faculty member and continue to develop their careers, eventually establishing an independently funded research program.

Didactics

Didactic sessions are conducted as a series of lectures and conferences, to which are essential to the educational experience for Internal Medicine residents.

Daily Lectures & Conferences
Each academic year begins with a 2-month series of daily lectures covering emergency situations residents are likely to encounter in internal medicine. The lectures are then followed by daily conferences and cover:
  • General Internal Medicine and subspecialty topics
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Clinical Pathologic Correlation Conference
  • Journal Club
  • A weekly ambulatory lecture series
Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine hosts grand rounds every Friday morning. Medicine grand rounds features internal, local, and national experts discussing cutting-edge clinical and basic science research and updates in clinical practice.

ABIM Exam & Certification Preparation
The Department of Medicine provides ABIM review books for all internal medicine residents. In addition, the R3 class attends a 3 day Board Review Educational Conference in the spring that focuses on board review topics for their upcoming ABIM exam.
Morning Report

Daily morning reports are built into all inpatient services and are moderated by the medicine chief residents or full-time faculty.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.