We offer incoming residents several career tracks:

 

 

Specialty Track

The Specialty track provides residents the opportunity to pursue their personal academic and fellowship goals while satisfying the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our residents practice in an 4+2 model with fully separate inpatient and outpatient rotations. Residents will engage in a longitudinal Quality Improvement project after completing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement modules and CITI training.  They will collaborate within a team to better understand the Model for Improvement, identify a problem and need for improvement, and engage in a project.  The residents have access subspecialty research and specialty electives during their training.  They will have a faculty mentor in the chosen specialty. 

Residents can choose from numerous elective experiences that will hone their clinical skills in subspecialties such as:

  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonary/critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Allergy-Immunology
  • Palliative care

The Medical College of Georgia offers fellowships in:  cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonary/critical care, infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, rheumatology, endocrinology, and allergy-immunology.  

 

Hospitalist Track

The Hospitalist Track prepares residents for life as a hospitalist after residency and broadens their exposure of post residency options.   This track allows residents to experience rotations in hospital medicine. Our residents practice in an 4+2 model with fully separate inpatient and outpatient rotations, allowing dedicated in-patient rotations.   The Gray medicine rotation allows IM residents to care for a full panel of patients while supervised by IM Hospitalist faculty.  Residents work for 7 consecutive days and have the following week to focus assigned board review.  This rotation allows for increasing autonomy in clinical decision making, permits collaboration with the interprofessional healthcare team, and affords a greater understanding of hospital throughput.  The University Hospital rotation includes working one on one with a hospitalist in a private institution, experiencing firsthand life as a private hospitalist as well as gaining knowledge about another electronic health record, Epic. 

Residents in the Hospitalist Track will have faculty mentors from the Division of Hospitalist medicine. Residents will engage in a longitudinal Quality Improvement project after completing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement modules and CITI training.  They will collaborate within a team to better understand the Model for Improvement, identify a problem and need for improvement, and engage in a project.  They will also have the ability to create their own elective, if there is a clinical experience that they identify and feel would be valuable for their training.  Residents in the Hospitalist track can choose from numerous elective experiences that will specifically grow their skills in hospital medicine, with examples of elective offerings including:

  • Procedure/POCUS training
  • Admitting/Triage shifts
  • Telemedicine

 

Primary Care Track

The Primary Care Track prepares residents for a career in out-patient primary care.  For residents interested in primary care, Augusta University’s Internal Medicine program offers the opportunities needed to grow into a skilled, confident primary care physician.  Our residents practice in an 4+2 model with fully separate inpatient and outpatient rotations, allowing dedicated out-patient continuity and specialty clinics.  Residents in the Primary Care Track will have faculty mentors from the Division of Internal Medicine. Residents will engage in a longitudinal Quality Improvement project after completing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement modules and CITI training.  They will collaborate within a team to better understand the Model for Improvement, identify a problem and need for improvement, and engage in a project.  They will also have the ability to create their own elective, if there is a clinical experience that they identify and feel would be valuable for their training. Augusta University’s many other specialty clinics, including Geriatrics, Weight Management, Women’s Health, Urology, and Sports Medicine, would be opportunities for residents who feel that these experiences would benefit their training.

Residents on a primary care career track can choose from numerous elective experiences that will specifically grow their skills in ambulatory care, with examples of elective offerings including:

  • Additional time in varied primary care clinics
  • Time in outpatient internal medicine specialty clinics, including Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Allergy/Immunology


Research/Internal Medicine 5-Year Combined Track

The physician research track is designed for candidates primarily interested in pursuing a career in research. It is an integrated program that combines training in research with training in clinical internal medicine. This 5 year track, where the first two to three years are dedicated to research work at 80% time, followed by two years of full-time residency training. Throughout the research block, 20% of time is dedicated to an in-clinic continuity experience. The residents are paired with a research mentor, and work and progress are reviewed regularly. Mentors are selected based on pre-identified research interests. Each mentor will provide access to research equipment and resources, professional development in the form of seminars and scientific presentation, and will help develop the resident’s skills in competing for extramural research dollars.

At the Medical College of Georgia, we are recognized worldwide for excellence in diseases of the heart and vasculature, being a top 40 NHLBI funded school and #1 in grants in Georgia from the American Heart Association.  We were recognized in 2016 by the Association of Black Cardiologists as a Best Place to Train and have NIH T32 and AHA SFRN training grants to support our trainees.  Core expertise in this area include cardiovascular consequences of obesity, metabolic disease and cancer, vascular genomics and epigenetics,  inflammation as a mechanism of cardiovascular disease, and mechanisms of racial disparities in hypertension.  Aspiring cardiologists will particularly benefit from the unique training opportunities offered by this program.

 

Preliminary Medicine 1 Year Residency Track

This track is for medical graduates desiring strong internal medicine training prior to assuming a residency in specialties such as neurology, dermatology, radiology, etc. The one year internship is rich in inpatient general medicine, cardiology, nephrology, hematology/oncology and critical care, and establishes key competencies in care of very ill patients that will be of great value during a future career in a variety of specialties.

Resident Sample Schedule

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Intern Sample Schedule

4 weeks
Night Float

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4 weeks
AU Wards
2 weeks
Vacation/Ambulatory

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2 weeks
Infectious Disease
4 weeks
AU Hospitalist

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4 weeks
Heme/Onc
2 weeks
Elective

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2 weeks
Ambulatory/Vacation
4 weeks
University Hospital

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4 weeks
AU MICU
2 weeks
Elective

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2 weeks
Nephrology
4 weeks
AU CCU

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4 weeks
AU Wards
2 weeks
Emergency Medicine

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2 weeks
Pulm/CF Consults
Christmas Week
AU Wards

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Christmas Week
Vacation
New Year's Week
Vacation

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New Year's Week
AU MICU
4 weeks
Nephrology

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4 weeks
VA Wards
2 weeks
Medical Economics

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2 weeks
Elective
4 weeks
Elective

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4 weeks
AU Cardiology
2 weeks
Elective

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2 weeks
Ambulatory/Vacation
4 weeks
VA Wards

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4 weeks
Night Float
2 weeks
Infectious Disease

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2 weeks
Elective
4 weeks
AU MICU

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4 weeks
VA Wards
2 weeks
Vacation/Ambulatory

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2 weeks
Vacation/Ambulatory
4 weeks
AU Hospitalist

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4 weeks
AU Cardiology
1 week
Vacation

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1 week
AU Cardiology