Internal Medicine Residency Program
From Our Graduates
Sharon Chinthrajah, MD
CPMC Categorical Resident 2005-2008
Drexel University Medical School
Currently: Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Stanford Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Stanford Hospital
Staff Allergist –Stanford Hospital
I absolutely loved my training at CPMC. It is largely a resident run training program so you have autonomy in deciding patient care, which helps you grow as a physician. CPMC is also a small tight-knit community that fosters learning and collegiality. You get to know the attendings and the administrative staff on a personal basis and everyone is vested in you – making sure you’re surviving residency and furthering your career goals. Everyone was very supportive of my efforts to go back to the east coast for fellowship – writing me excellent letters of recommendation and going out of their way to make phone calls on my behalf. Overall, CPMC offers a complete package where you get excellent training and make lifelong friendships.
Amy K. Haase (Cooke), MD
CPMC Categorical Resident 2003-2006
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Resident of the Year 2006, CPMC, San Francisco
Physician of the Year 2008, Barton Memorial, Lake Tahoe
Currently: Internist, Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rose Medical Center, Lone Tree, Colorado
My decision to pursue Internal Medicine residency training at CPMC was one of the easiest and best decisions I have ever made. It became abundantly clear, after completing a medicine sub-internship, that CPMC was a gem. After encountering disgruntled residents during clinical rotations at other programs, I set one specific goal: SURVIVE and THRIVE throughout residency and beyond. CPMC allowed me to do just that! With its winning combination of amazing location, abundant clinical pathology, passionate and supportive teachers, and perceptive and receptive administration, CPMC not only met but definitely exceeded my goals and expectations. But as the end of residency drew near, I became hesitant to leave--was I adequately prepared to fly from my comfortable “nest” into the world of Hospital Medicine? Fortunately, the answer was a resounding YES! As you begin your journey, I wish you the same awesome residency experience—may you THRIVE and flourish.
Jonathan Hsiao, MD
University of Washington Medical School
Currently: Staff Anesthesiologist, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, California
It is difficult for me to overestimate the value of my Preliminary Internal Medicine Internship at California Pacific Medical Center. Even today, in my daily practice as an acute care physician, I draw from the solid grounding that the initial year at CPMC has afforded me. Residency training will always be what you make of it. What CPMC provides as one of the premier tertiary medical centers in Northern California is the opportunity to care for patients with an unparalleled variety of illnesses, acute and chronic (argyria, anyone?); a talented staff of attending physicians who are as committed to fostering a rich learning environment for residents as they are to the practice of the most current evidence-based medicine; and a wealth of resources to learn from, not the least of which are your fellow residents.
At the end of the year, my preparation for the next stage of training was at least equal and in most cases superior when compared to my cohort at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Just as importantly, as a result of the strong camaraderie among CPMC residents, I met some remarkable physicians who today are trusted colleagues and lifelong friends. Astonishingly, in spite of the work (yes, there is work), internship at CPMC turned out to be one of the best years of my medical training and of my life! For the record: I didn’t mind the nice attending lunches on Fillmore Street either…
Jeanne Lee, MD
CPMC Categorical Resident
Currently: Primary Care, Sutter Health East Bay Medical Foundation
I choose CPMC because of it’s a strong residency program with the intimate feel of a community program combined with the strength and opportunities of a university program. It was one of the best choices that I had ever made. I don’t even know where to begin – the teaching, the patients, my co-residents - it is all so truly amazing. I’ve developed friendships and memories that will last me a lifetime.
Meghan Scheibe, MD
CPMC Categorical Resident
Currently: Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Minnesota
My experience in the internal medicine residency training program at CPMC was more than I ever expected. It was the perfect balance of a university and community program. The Department of Medicine is small enough that you really get to know the people you are working with, but large enough so that you have the opportunity to work with many excellent clinicians, outside residents, medical students, etc. While I chose to pursue additional fellowship training in rheumatology, I felt extremely comfortable with both outpatient and inpatient general internal medicine. CPMC was incredibly flexible and understanding of my desire to pursue research, and did whatever they could to support this work, allowing me to apply and receive a national research grant. This alone does not address the lifelong friendships I made during the 3 years of training, which I will forever value. I truly don't know where you would find a better internal medicine training program.
Lailey Oliva (Sooriash), MD
University of Florida Medical School
Outpatient Medicine at Palo Alto Medical Foundation
When I entered the world of life after residency and looked back on my time at CPMC, I have the most fond memories and gratitude for having had the opportunity to complete my training there. CPMC’s internal medicine training program is one that combines excellence in education with warm collegiality. The diversity of patients and diagnoses that you will see along with the emphasis on teaching and learning about each case create the foundation for the strong curriculum. Having the support of the people you work with, from the nurses, co-residents, and attending physicians to the GME staff and program directors, is what makes it such a unique environment in which to build that foundation.
I came into residency not quite sure what I wanted out of my career and left with a clear vision of not only my career goals, but also my life goals. This transformation seemed to evolve naturally over time with the help of a handful of mentors that I am eternally grateful for knowing. I cherish the time I spent at CPMC and am very excited for anyone who has the chance to train there.
Jonathan Wong, MD
University of California, Irvine
Currently: Cardiology Fellowship, CPMC
There were many factors I considered before ranking CPMC as my first choice. When it came to it though, the decision really boiled down to which program would best prepare me for a career within internal medicine. For me, this meant high quality educational sessions, faculty who are passionate about teaching, a culture that is genuinely supportive of its residents and their well-being, diverse patient pathology, and a location that my wife (who I couples matched with) and I could enjoy to decompress from the intensity of residency. Though it can be difficult to get the full scope of a program from one interview, CPMC has certainly managed to exceeded my expectations.
The morning reports organized by the Chief Residents are probably the best run sessions I experienced on the interview trail. They put tremendous thought into asking the most important questions that pertain to each case. The program directors, hospitalists, and sub-specialists are truly exceptional physicians, approachable, and passionate about teaching residents. The culture here is uniquely special and I know of many former categorical and prelim residents who have come back to CPMC for jobs in part for this very reason. From the moment I started, I felt part of a tight knit community made up of my co-residents, GME staff, program directors, and hospital staff and faculty. Of course, San Francisco itself is an incredible city with an endless number of activities and restaurants to enjoy. CPMC is really an exceptional place to train and I feel lucky to have matched here each day I show up for work.
Robert Wong, MD
CPMC Categorical Resident
Currently: Director, GI Education & Research, Highland Hospital, Oakland, California
Attending Physician, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Highland Hospital, Oakland, California
My time at CPMC spanned 2008-2011 as an internal medicine resident. During these early formative years in my medical training, it was clear that CPMC was dedicated to providing cutting edge medical care with a focus on medical education across all disciplines. From the friendly and supportive staff in the GME office who I’ve come to regard as an extended family, to the team of dedicated attendings including hospitalists, primary care physicians, and sub-specialists, the culture at CPMC is an attractive and unique feature of this teaching hospital. Trainees are encouraged to grow and develop their early careers in a supportive, resourceful and welcoming environment that thrives in teamwork and camaraderie. It is this wonderful combination of great people and supportive environment that I attribute my success at matching into a GI fellowship. I am happy to say that I have the opportunity to continue being a part of the CPMC family as site director of the GI Fellowship rotation at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Scott Worswick, MD
Keck School of Medicine (USC)
Currently: Dermatologist (UCLA Medical Center)
My decision to pursue an Internal Medicine preliminary year at CPMC, before doing my dermatology residency at UCLA, was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone doing either a preliminary year or an entire residency. There are a number of factors that make CPMC an incredibly special place and somewhere that you will not want to leave. Despite the rigor of internship, it was my favorite year of my life. The hospital is in a great location and attracts a diverse, interesting and friendly group of people. Though you will work hard, you will leave feeling gratified and happy at the end of every day. The nurses at CPMC, the GME office, the supportive and involved teachers, and your fellow co-workers are what make this place so very special. Like any large hospital, you will have ample exposure to interesting pathology, and on top of that the people who surround you are interested in learning and teaching from each other. There is a great balance of work life and an ability to enjoy life outside of work due to CPMC’s phenomenal location. I can almost guarantee you that, like me, you will remember your time here fondly and will hope someday to come back!