The Internal Medicine Department at East Carolina University has a perpetual dedication to excellence in clinical experience, patient care, and teaching. We also boast of an impressive faculty and staff. We strive to provide a superb foundation for our future doctors and academic leaders. Healthcare is constantly fluctuating, and internists care for patients in a variety of settings, with a wide-range of medical conditions and preventive medicine needs. Our mission is to provide our residents with the skills necessary to thrive in a ever-changing medical environment. The department agrees that establishing a program that fosters dynamic learning and quality patient care will lead us toward these ultimate goals.
We achieve this by creating a rich, generous, collegial educational environment with appropriate role models. Further, we are committed to the concept that residency training is primarily an educational – not solely a service – experience. We expect our graduates to be caring, competent, ethical, and intellectually curious physicians. Residents maintain a passion for medicine and are capable of either successfully continuing with fellowship training or directly entering medical practice. Ultimately, it is clinical excellence that we seek.
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 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. 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 IM/Peds resident positions with 6 designated for PGY-1, 5 possible IM/Psychiatry positions with 1 available position for PGY-1, and 10 possible IM/EM residents with 2 available positions for PGY-1.
Our residents maintain the heartbeat of the hospital, from leading all codes to performing all assigned procedures. Residents are encouraged to practice autonomy at a graduated responsibility level. For instance, a PGY-1's role is to assume direct patient care. While, a PGY-2 or PGY-3's are allowed independent supervisory roles as managers and leaders of their team. Another unique aspect of our program is that we start your career counseling before you even arrive, and we will individualize your residency experience to help you get locked into the career pathway that you desire. Our intent is to make the ongoing study of medicine exciting, challenging, and enjoyable.
Luckily, our inpatient teams include multiple subspecialty services (cardiology, neurology, hematology/oncology, Nephrology) as well as general internal medicine, providing many contrasting patients. Not only do we see patients with the characteristic heart failure, MI, and COPD Exacerbation, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to care for oncologic patients receiving chemotherapy (some enrolled in research studies) and stem cell transplants. We also work directly with the cardiac center, which performs many heart catheterizations daily. Additionally, the opportunity to manage transferred patients with critical care, endocrine and acute rheumatological conditions rounds out a diverse overall clinical experience.
Ambulatory training is based at the Moye Medical Clinic with over 52,000 outpatient visits each year. Overall, ECU Physicians has approximately 120,000 visits each year. Continuity clinics are weekly to coincide with ACGME guidelines. Our resident continuity clinic services a large geographical area, which offers management of a number of chronic disease cases (e.g. diabetes mellitus, hypertension and asthma). Residents experience a spectrum of ambulatory requests; from evaluating patients with urgent medical problems to those simply requesting pre-operative evaluations or a general medical exam. During ambulatory months, residents have a great opportunity to work with subspecialty clinicians to emphasize a diverse training.
Clinical education is an integral part of our resident's training. However, individuals participating in non-clinical activities, including serving on committees, participating in quality improvement projects, or intramural sports are what gives our program its distinct personality. Overall, we are proud of our graduate's success rate for fellowships and academic positions. We encourage you to browse through the information we have provided our website. Let us know if you have any questions.