CHA Internal Medicine Residency

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About Our Residency

Finding the right Internal Medicine program is a critical step in your career. At CHA, we offer a world-class faculty, strong academics, a spirit of innovation and a diverse and interesting patient population. People who train here find a perfect balance of clinicals and didactics that provide the skills, knowledge and attitude to excel in Internal Medicine.

Our faculty have two areas of focus: patient care and your growth.
We watch with pride as many graduates go on to become outstanding primary care providers, medical subspecialists, teachers and policy leaders.

In the words of David Bor, MD, CHA Chief Academic Officer: "CHA is a premier training site because we offer outstanding training in an integrated, community-based system as well as tertiary training opportunities at other Harvard teaching hospitals. Our diverse faculty and house staff are committed to improving health, and this shared dedication, paired with an environment of respectfulness and curiosity, allows us to pursue true academic and clinical excellence."

A Message from Dr. Rick Pels

Dr. Rick Pels

CHA Chief of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Thank you for exploring training with the Department of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). Through our Harvard Medical School affiliated programs, we have prepared health professionals for a wide variety of satisfying careers for over three decades.

CHA is a highly integrated, community-oriented health care system that is a national model of care. We celebrate our ethnically and culturally diverse community and staff. We promote a respectful, socially conscious, and intellectually stimulating environment for health care and education. Our vision statement speaks of our passion and commitment: we seek to be the foremost academic public health care system in the nation. Over the past decade, we have received recognition for service delivery and our academic mission.

The Department of Medicine provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services designed to meet community needs. Services are available at our primary care centers (12 certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes), three multi-specialty clinics and two acute hospitals. Patients and staff benefit from a state-of-the-art electronic medical records system shared by all ambulatory and hospital sites. All full-time department members have faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School. In addition to resident teaching, many of our faculty teach medical students in pre-clinical courses and in a highly innovative longitudinal year-long Cambridge-Harvard Integrated Clerkship.

The Department is structured in divisions of Cardiology; Dermatology; Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Hematology/Oncology; Hospital Medicine; Nephrology; Neurology; Occupational/ Environmental Medicine; Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine; and Rheumatology. Clinical specialties include a Multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS center and Tuberculosis clinic. Primary care internal medicine is delivered in a team-based model that integrates mental health and substance use care.

The philosophy of the department - and of CHA as a whole - is to create a community of caring for patients, staff and trainees. A culture of safety underpins clinical care and training and performance improvement efforts. Wellness initiatives are valued and supported. Training programs are outstanding academically and clinically, yet offer a flexible environment that allows the exploration of individual interests. Our residents benefit from community-based training in an integrated public health care system with access to tertiary care training opportunities at other Harvard-affiliated institutions. Throughout this system our diverse faculty and house staff are committed to improving the health of the public. This shared dedication, paired with an environment of respectfulness, allows us to pursue true academic and clinical excellence.

Thank you again for your interest in the CHA Department of Medicine. I am confident you will appreciate the uniqueness of our institution and training programs and the sincerity of our commitment to excellence.