Internal Medicine Residency Program
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Roger Lee, MD, Preliminary R1
University of California, San Francisco
I chose CPMC for its residents, faculty, patients, and culture. Having done three rotations as a medical student at CPMC, I was struck each time by how enjoyable and educational the experience was. Focusing specifically on my medicine sub-internship, I found all of the residents to be friendly, easy to work with, efficient, and most importantly, happy. The very well-organized morning reports led by chief residents are a testament to how highly our education is valued at CPMC. All of the attendings I had worked with were also very approachable and supportive -- including our subspecialty consultants who are more than willing to pause their daily routine to teach! As a tertiary care center, CPMC also provides its residents the privilege to take care of a broad range of patients and pathologies, from the bread-and-butter community cases to the patients transferred here for transplant evaluation. The culture at CPMC was a strong draw for me as well, as I witnessed how friendly the physicians, nurses, and ancillary services are to each other, both in- and outside the hospital. Combine all of the above, and you have a residency program where you can work hard, learn a lot, and have fun among excellent company.
There was simply no other program on my interview trail that felt quite as warm and welcoming as CPMC. When I re-visited CPMC for my interview, it really felt like I was going home after a long journey away. Come February, I agonized over my residency rank list, but putting CPMC down as my top choice for prelim was a no-brainer. Having started intern year for a few months now, I am glad I made the right choice.
Jane Park, MD, Categorical R1
Dartmouth Medical School
I'm one of many Dartmouth Medical School grads who came to CPMC during my third and fourth year clerkships. I loved every minute I got to experience a gorgeous, vibrant city like SF -- bonfires on Ocean Beach, sailing on the Bay, hikes in the Marin Headlands, oyster shucking in Tomales Bay. I clearly fell in love with SF, but the other reason I kept returning was CPMC itself. It's a popular clerkship site for Dartmouth students for good reason. As a medical student and now as an intern, there continues to be a genuine regard for your well-being amidst trying to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge base as a developing physician. There's no doubt that the hours can be long, but at the end of the day, I'm lucky to work with people who are whip-smart, funny, engaging, and dedicated to patient care.
Daniel Ames, R2
University of Washington
My choice of CPMC as my residency can be summarized in a simple anecdote. On the day of my interview, the program director gave a welcome to the applicants during morning report and as we were filing out for our tours, he said "I hope you all learn something new today". In all my interviews (and I went on 20 of them, couples matching is no joke), no program, academic or community, had imparted such a simple, refreshing message. CPMC is a tight knit program where you are part of a family, and part of a community dedicated to the education of its training physicians. I am continually impressed and inspired by my fantastic attending physicians and co-residents, all of whom are committed to teaching each other something new everyday. Here at CPMC you will find a unique combination of autonomy with your hands-on management of patients, supportive community, and devotion to learning that is hard to match
Felix Lui, MD, R2
Unversity of Hawaii
A program that “just gets it”. At CPMC, there is an understanding that residency is not about learning by intimidation, but an open culture of collaborative learning, where you are given all the autonomy you want but are never alone in your decisions. On interview day and during the first month of intern year, I realized that the “culture” here is one of collegiality, respect, and teamwork, and you can see this perpetuated at every level from the amazing team of attendings, residents, nursing staff, and GME. Admittedly, you will be challenged in every way imaginable, and if nothing else, by the complexity and diversity of patients and cases (My first patient was suspected of having hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; what is that?). But, it is all interesting and fun when you have smart, genuinely happy co-residents at your side supporting you and teaching you something every day. You will also develop your own teaching style as you work with talented medical students from Dartmouth, UCSF, and UC Davis. Since it is such a tight knit community, you are not just another resident passing through for the next three years; here you are a member of the CPMC family from day one. The medical staff makes a genuine effort to mentor and know you on a professional and personal basis (first name basis). Lastly, there is a strong commitment and dedication by the program to do everything in its power to advocate for you, to protect you, and to make this professional journey an amazing one. From catered meals, opportunities for research and mentorship, the many teaching conferences, they work very hard to take care of you. And if you enjoy amazing food, diversity, and endless things to do, SF is not a bad place to be. The trajectory of this premiere academic program has been rising every year, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this great CPMC family!
Yukako Honda, MD, R3
Geisel at Dartmouth
As CPMC is an affiliate hospital of Dartmouth and having graduated from there, I knew well in advance just how excellent the residency program was at CPMC. Since being here, I've noted the faculty to be top-notch and extremely dedicated to patient care, and teaching. One of the main reasons why I chose CPMC was because of how much the program directors cared about the program. On Match Day, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call directly from Paul (the PD) to congratulate me! From the first day of orientation, I have felt completely at home here at CPMC. There was an instant camaraderie formed amongst my fellow interns. Even before orientation, my co-interns sent out emails to one another to meet and spend time together in SF. I feel totally comfortable with the people at CPMC; we work hard together, and at the same time, outside of work, enjoy each other's company over food and drinks. I couldn't have asked for a better program!
Sean Iwamoto, MD, R3
University of Rochester
Originally from the West Coast, I had it in my heart to return for residency. CPMC is more than a name--it feels like home! I ranked CPMC #1 for many reasons. At my interview day, everyone I met--residents, attendings, staff, nurses, and medical students--appeared very happy to be here. There are even framed photos lining the hallway to the GME office with the famous "Jumping Interns" photos. Now that I am here for residency, I am thankful everyday to be at CPMC, to be part of a stimulating community that intellectually challenges and emotionally supports every person within it. Outstanding residents and patient attendings teach each other everyday. As interns, we are given a great deal of autonomy in managing our patients. Morning reports and noon conferences are full of active learning and teaching pearls. We have the awesome opportunity to teach medical students visiting from Dartmouth, UCSF, and other schools. With diverse patient populations and disease presentations at CPMC, we see as much variety as you would at large university programs. But we take pride in also having a smaller community-based learning environment. As such, CPMC thrives as a “communiversity!" For other foodies out there, San Francisco is home to world-class fine dining, unexpectedly delicious dives, and an ever-growing food truck culture. You will not go hungry, even on a resident's salary! Good luck with the match!
Laura Zhang, MD, R3
University of Chicago
My interview at CPMC made a very lasting and positive impression on me. At morning report, I was impressed by how interesting the two cases were and how engaged and smart the residents and attendings were. Throughout the interview day, I was constantly reminded of how happy the residents were and the camaraderie among everyone at CPMC - it was apparent in the way they interacted with each other and how they spoke about their experiences. I am so happy to be at CPMC. My intern year so far has been what I had witnessed and valued during my interview day: a large variety of pathology, patient diversity, dedication to patient care as well as education, and great program directors, attendings, GME staff, nurses, residents, and interns who are all supportive of each other. Attendings are wonderful, very approachable, teach well, and really encourage us to formulate our own plans and thoughts. I also feel very fortunate to have program directors, chief residents, and GME staff who are so involved in our learning and are continually trying to make our program even better than it already is.
Danielle Richardson, MD, R3
After just a few months into intern year I was even more convinced that deciding to come to CPMC was the right choice for me. This program is unique in the way it combines patient diversity, complex cases and excellent teaching on the wards and in conferences while maintaining a supportive, collaborative and positive environment. From interactive morning report cases to multiple choice audience participation noon conferences to attending's bedside teaching rounds, I am thankful for all of the hands-on, patient centered teaching I have received here at CPMC. Most importantly are the enthusiastic people that I am surrounded by during my time here and how they shape and influence the doctor I am becoming day by day. The program directors and GME staff are ever present, easily accessible and very involved daily in our residency training. The attendings lead by example and are eager to ensure that I have picked up on essential teaching points for patients on service and in clinic. The chiefs and my fellow residents are an incredibly diverse group of young physicians who work as a team and have truly made my time at CPMC both educational and fun. CPMC is an exceptional program and I am thankful everyday I come to work that I matched here.
Katelyn Gamson, Chief Medicine Resident
University of California, San Francisco
Asking around about residency programs during my fourth year of medical school, I heard so many great things about CPMC and was intrigued about what made this program so special. I knew that residency would be challenging and wanted a program where I would be challenged academically and supported personally. That is exactly what I found at CPMC. From my first visit on my interview day, I was greeted by smiling faces and warm welcomes. I felt personally cared for and that kind of personal attention continued throughout my years of training. On the wards and in conference rooms, I was challenged academically and mentally, all while in a collegial and enthusiastic environment.
Teaching and learning is a core part of the culture at CPMC. From medical students to residents to fellows, there are many levels of trainees to foster a spirit of intellectual curiosity. CPMC’s morning report is hands-down the best I have seen at any program and was one of the things that initially drew me to CPMC. I can say from personal experience, the Chief Residents put so much time into morning report and it is a stand-out feature of our program. Attendings make teaching a top priority and often block patients from their schedules for dedicated teaching sessions. As a tertiary referral center and stroke center, we care for patients with a wide range of complex diseases, and some of my patients were my best teachers. The CPMC Internal Medicine residents are the primary physicians caring for neurology patients, which is a huge asset. Our exposure to neurology is invaluable and unique to an Internal Medicine program.
On top of CPMC being such a great program in itself, I feel so lucky to live in San Francisco. The City by the Bay is full of culture, natural beauty, great food, and lively entertainment. On days off, I was able to take advantage of festivals in Golden Gate Park, skiing in Lake Tahoe, hiking in Marin, or devouring delicious food at a random hole in the wall. I am so glad that I ranked CPMC #1 in the Match, and I couldn’t be happier to stay on an extra year as a Chief Resident.