The Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Residency Program in Internal Medicine emphasizes compassionate care for patients in an environment of disciplined learning. Our graduates complete their training with a strong sense of confidence, a commitment to the principles and practice of general internal medicine, and direct experience with the opportunities available in medical research and academic pursuits.
We believe that the physician leaders of tomorrow will need a connection not only to their individual patients, but also to the communities that they serve, along with a firm grasp on health care policy and practice within the larger global community. The challenging healthcare environment of today requires all physicians to practice in a cost-conscious manner and be heavily invested in the quality improvement process, areas the we emphasize in our residency training.
Sinai Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Maryland, providing state-of-the-art medical care for an active heterogeneous patient population in Northwest Baltimore. While entrenched in care for the local community, we serve as a destination hospital for patients referred in from western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. The Department of Medicine at Sinai has a tradition of excellence in patient care, teaching and research that goes back more than 140 years.
Sinai's Graduate Medical Education Committee sponsors six residency programs across various specialties, of which the Internal Medicine program is the largest. Our program has enjoyed a longstanding academic affiliation with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which allows residents to do both required and elective rotations at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and also results in our being one of the core teaching sites for Johns Hopkins University medical students to complete their Core Clerkships in Medicine. The core faculty at Sinai have teaching appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and our program is fully accredited by ACGME.
Our large, multidisciplinary full-time and part-time faculty provide close supervision for acute-care patient units, critical care units, the emergency room, long-term care, and outpatient residents' practice. Faculty-led morning reports, rounds and conferences, as well as a wide variety of research, ambulatory and elective opportunities, complete the residency experience. Our core curriculum covers all areas of medicine and includes special topics of quality improvement, cost-conscious care, professional development and medical ethics.
The Sinai program adheres to all ACGME guidelines for Internal Medicine residency programs. There is no overnight call on any rotations completed at Sinai Hospital, with a full night float team working with hospitalists on the general medical floors overnight and a night medicine team in the ICU supervised by a medical intensivist. All residents complete the required one third of their residency training in an ambulatory setting, with even more emphasis on outpatient medicine if a resident chooses to participate in our Primary Care Track. All orders are written by housestaff, who also teach students from Johns Hopkins and several other medical schools on clerkship and subinternship rotations.
Sinai Hospital has a fully implemented electronic medical record system for all clinical areas, both inpatient and outpatient, including the residents’ continuity clinic. The hospital has liberal computer access throughout the campus, permitting rapid access of medical records, test results, medicine, informational databases, imaging studies and ordering (CPOE). Nurses and technicians provide support for the housestaff by taking responsibility for IVs, phlebotomy and patient transport. This allows Sinai residents to function as physician-managers of the patient care team.
Our Eisenberg Medical Library is electronically accessible from all areas of campus and also remotely. It includes a robust number of journals, textbooks and other clinical decision support tools, such as UpToDate. The library is staffed during daytime hours with librarians who are trained to assist in optimizing literature searches, and obtaining hard-to-find journal articles. Additionally, residents have 24/7 access to the physical library facilities as well the adjoining simulation lab, where training in performing procedures and mock clinical situations takes place regularly.
Sinai’s medicine residents have gained national recognition for their scholarly activity. Many residents have been published in high impact journals and have presented at national conferences. Our residency program’s team has always been extremely competitive in the Maryland Doctor's Dilemma competition, a statewide academic competition among residencies sponsored by the American College of Physicians. Twice over the last seven years our team has been named state champions and represented Maryland at national competitions.