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A Letter From Our Program Director

Since 1976 our Internal Medicine Residency Program has been training highly qualified and successful physicians, preparing them to excel in primary care, in subspecialty fellowships, and as hospitalists. Our goal is simple: to provide the best clinical training in the most supportive environment possible. We strive to provide the perfect balance between independence and supervision as well as between education and workload. Our commitment to seeking and incorporating feedback from our residents as well as a continuous process of self-improvement has allowed us to build one of the top clinical Internal Medicine Residency programs in the country. 

Innovations instituted at the UMass IM program include our predictable and controlled “drip” admission system; our 4+1 inpatient/outpatient rotation schedule which allowed us to build “firm-based” resident communities with designated faculty educators and mentors; subspecialty ward teams in cardiology, heart failure, heme/onc/bone marrow, pulmonary, and GI/liver transplant to complement our Hospitalist teams; and an intern cap of 8 patients.  Curricular innovations include an advanced Quality Improvement Curriculum, which includes LEAN training and independent resident QI projects; a supportive and comprehensive Wellness Curriculum; and training in Goals of Care discussions, substance abuse, and Point of Care Ultra Sound (POCUS). Finally, complementing our categorical and primary care programs are 3 specific tracks that you can choose to enter to further enhance your training: a Primary Care Leadership track, a Medical Education track, and a Research track. These innovations have put our program on the cutting edge of residency training and allow us to continue to achieve our goals of clinical excellence and resident well-being.  

Led by our tertiary care University Hospital, and supported by Memorial Hospital, (a city-based hospital), and Milford Hospital, (a community-based hospital), our residents care for and manage a wide diversity of patients with a wide diversity of medical conditions. We are a regional leader in liver, kidney, and bone marrow transplants including CAR T-cell transplants, advance cardiac disease and advance heart failure with LVAD and TAVR programs, advance medical critical care, and all the other medical subspecialties including primary care, geriatrics, and palliative care (and we even have a Division of informatics).  Hence our residency training provides our residents the opportunity to manage some of the most complex patients in the Northeast with cutting edge medical technology. Our urban and community hospital rotations complement time at the University hospital by providing residents with additional patient populations as well as excellent educators across the spectrum of care. The resident ambulatory experience is similarly diverse and allows our trainees to develop long term relationships with both patients and faculty.  

As we approach the 50th anniversary of our Internal Medicine training program, we will continue our efforts to be at the forefront of Internal Medicine training.  Thank you for visiting our website. If you would like to become part of our residency family, and experience one of the most diverse, well-rounded, and clinically excellent Internal Medicine Residency Programs, I encourage you to apply.


Kopec New.JPG Scott Kopec, MD

 Department of Medicine
 Program Director