The Internal Medicine Department at East Carolina University has a perpetual dedication to excellence in clinical experience, patient care combined with teaching, a higher level of education through fellowships, and an impressive faculty and staff. We strive to provide a superb foundation for future doctors and academic leaders. Our leaders agree that setting the right environment that fosters dynamic learning and patient care will lead us to this destiny in a will
We are committed to the concept that the residency training program is an primarily an educational – not a service – experience. We expect our graduates to be caring, competent, ethical, and intellectually curious physicians with a passion for medicine and capable of either successfully continuing with fellowship training or entering medical practice. We achieve this by creating a rich, congenial, collegial educational environment with appropriate role models for our residents, by carrying out scholarly activities, and by representing and demanding clinical excellence. Healthcare is rapidly changing, and internists care for patients in a variety of settings, with a wide-range of medical conditions and preventive medicine needs. Our training program’s mission is to provide our residents with the skills necessary to thrive in our changing medical environment.
One unique aspect of our program is that we will start your career counseling before you even arrive, and we will individualize your residency experience to help you get to the career pathway that you desire.We have listened to our residents through the years and have based our curriculum on their important guidance.Our intent is to make the ongoing study of medicine exciting, challenging, and enjoyable, while learning the competent and compassionate care of patients. Residents form the internal organs of the hospital. We respond to every code in the hospital and are responsible for our own procedures. encouraged to practice autonomy within the scopes of their resident level. PGY1 role is to get direct patient care. PGY2-3 allows maturation and growth as a manager and leader on the road to becoming a skilled internist
We have a very broad subspecialty inpatient coverage with very interesting patients. Not only do we see patients with characteristic heart failure, MI, and COPD Exacerbations, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to care for oncologic patients receiving chemotherapy (some enrolled in research studies) and stem cell transplants. We have a very active cardiac center with many heart catheterizations daily as well as numerous transferred patients with critical care, endocrine and acute rheumatologic conditions along with complex ID cases.
The General Internal Medicine practice has approximately 120,000 visits each year. We service a large geographical area so the general medicine practice where residents have their continuity clinic offers a large amount of chronic disease management, e.g. diabetes mellitus, hypertension and asthma. Residents also have the opportunity to see patients with urgent medical problems, for pre-operative evaluations, and general preventive medicine.Our residents also have a chance to participate in other aspects of hospital and ambulatory clinic activities, including serving on committees and participating in quality improvement projects. Ambulatory training is based at the Moye Medical Clinics with over 52,000 outpatient visits each year. Continuity clinics are once a week to meet ACGME guidelines. During ambulatory months, residents have an opportunity to work with subspecialty clinicians to emphasize a diverse education.
Our resident staff includes 22 PGY-1 residents, of which 16 are categorical interns and 6 are preliminary interns. Historically, our preliminary interns enter fields ranging from Anesthesia, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to PGY-2 categorical positions at VMC/ECU. In addition, we have 16 PGY-2 and 16 PGY-3 residents for a total of 54 Internal Medicine residents. Additionally, we have 3 combined programs in IM/Pediatrics, IM/Psychiatry, and IM/Emergency Medicine. There are 24 possible IM/Peds residents with 6 available positions for PGY-1, 5 possible IM/Psychiatry residents with 1 available position for PGY-1, and 10 possible IM/EM residents with 2 available positions for PGY-1. There are a total of 93 residents associated with the Internal Medicine program. Current residents are from places throughout the world- bringing diversity and in most cases expert perspectives in many fields of medicine. Our residency program offers excellent preparation for graduate opportunities. Overall, since we have excellent subspecialty divisions we have placed numerous residents in their chosen fellowship program while others have successfully placed into ambulatory practice, hospitalist medicine, and academic medicine.