Internal Medicine Training Programs
The Categorical Program
The primary goal of Beth Israel's Categorical residency training program in Medicine is to provide the trainee with advanced medical knowledge, progressive experience in clinical decision-making and the opportunity to practice medicine in an environment of clinical excellence. Training occurs in an atmosphere of openness, where residents are encouraged to raise questions and contribute ideas. Beth Israel offers a cooperative and a supportive environment. All members of the health care team work closely together. The hospital provides excellent ancillary services, including transport staff, clerks, phlebotomists and IV teams to facilitate safe and efficient patient care.
Above: Team spirit and an atmosphere of warmth and collegiality are hallmarks of our program!
The Preliminary Year in Medicine at Beth Israel
Beth Israel offers an outstanding Preliminary year for house staff heading towards careers in other specialties. The clinical and educational activities and the work schedule for Preliminary house staff are the same as for Categorical house staff. The one exception to this is that Preliminary house staff do not attend block outpatient continuity clinic.
Left: Dr. Crystal Jean-Louis (left) and Dr. Odelya Pagovich on the general medical ward. Dr Pagovich matched for Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Yale University. Dr Jean-Louis was a Premilinary intern who went on to Anesthesia residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center provides a special program designed to accommodate Sabbath observant Jewish residents. This program is fully integrated into the regular categorical program. These residents are exempt from hospital duties on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday evening to Saturday evening) as well as certain Jewish Holidays. However, the total number of hours worked is equivalent among all medicine residents. This schedule allows the observant Jewish resident to acquire premium medical training while not violating the Sabbath.
Left: Dr. Ari Berger graduated the Sabbath Program and is now a Palliative Care Fellow at Beth Israel.
Japanese Medical Program ("N-Program")
Dr. Yuichi Shimada finished his Chief Resident year in June, 2012 and is now a Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease at The Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
As part of Beth Israel's continuing efforts to address cross-cultural issues and broaden the resident's experience, each year the Medical Center offers residency training opportunities to 3 to 4 medical students and physicians from Japan who are bilingual in Japanese and English. Our Japanese house staff add to the diverse make up of our program, and often bring with them advanced skills, such as the use of ultrasound, that they share with other house staff. In 1990, Beth Israel established the Japanese Medical Practice to respond to the medical needs of New York's Japanese population and the more than half-million travelers who visit New York City each year. The practice has offices in Manhattan and Westchester County. Graduating residents will have the opportunity to stay on as practicing physicians to serve this community. The program is supported by a grant by Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Company, Ltd., one of the world's largest insurance companies.