Department of Medicine
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many residents are currently in the program?
- 102 residents
- +PGY-I = 33 (21 Categorical, 12 Preliminary, 6 Med-Peds)
- +PGY-II = 29 (22 Categorical and 7 Med-Peds)
- +PGY-III = 26 (21 Categorical and 5 Med-Peds)
- +PGY-IV = 6 (6 Med-Peds)
2. If I come to MetroHealth Medical Center, will I be competitive for a top fellowship?
- Yes. MetroHealth has an excellent reputation with fellowship program directors. Our residents have an excellent record for securing fellowships at some of the finest programs in the United States.
Fellowship Destinations - Click to see where residents have gone over the past five years.
3. What percentage of graduating residents choose to enter subspecialty training?
- 77% of residents entered subspecialty fellowships two years.
- Other residents choose primary care internal medicine or hospital medicine.
4. What percentage of graduating residents passed the Boards on their first attempt?
- The three-year rolling average is 81% of graduates passed the ABIM certifying exam on the first attempt.
5. What percentage of residents are involved in research?
- We encourage residents to do research during their residency. About 75% do a research project during their residency. The department has 39 funded investigators in basic science and clinical research.
- All senior residents must participate in scholarly work by preparing the "Senior Talk." The Senior Talk involves selection of a topic, identifying and reviewing the literature on that topic, preparing slides and handouts, and delivering the talk to peers and faculty.
6. How academic is MetroHealth?
- Our research funding has doubled since 2002.
- MetroHealth contributes to Case Western Reserve's national ranking in the top 15 NIH funded universities.
- Department of Medicine faculty are the principal investigators of nearly $59 million of active research grants and contracts, mostly from the National Institutes of Health, and $5 million in active clinical trials.
- There is a strong commitment to the teaching mission.
- MetroHealth faculty have won numerous Case teaching awards over the years.
- All residents are involved in quality-improvement projects.
7. Is MetroHealth a community hospital?
- No. MetroHealth is an outstanding academic medical center with more than 90-years of affiliation with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
8. Does MetroHealth have a medical school affiliation?
- Yes. MetroHealth has been a major affiliate of Case Western Reserve University since 1914. Case has a multi-affiliate model with four affiliated hospitals: MetroHealth, University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Cleveland Veteran's Administration Hospital.
9. Does MetroHealth use an electronic health record (EHR)?
- Yes. MetroHealth has an electronic health record for both inpatient and outpatient services. In fact, we are one of the top 10% of all hospitals in the United States for completeness of our EHR.
10. Is MetroHealth a Level 1 Trauma Center?
- Yes. We are Northeast Ohio's only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center.
11. What are some of the unique features of the Department of Medicine Residency Program?
There are many wonderful features of our program. To highlight a few:
Our philosophy of "supervised autonomy" assures that you will become an excellent clinician by giving care under the supervision of master clinicians.
We have a Night Float program where residents cover our general medicine services in a supervisory role.
We have a dedicated Board Review conference.
All categorical interns are given the MedStudy series for Board prep.
Residents are given the opportunity to attend a research course at Case Western Reserve University at no cost.
12. Are your rotations based on months?
- Our program uses a four-week modular schedule. The annual schedule is based on 13 modules.
13. Do you have a Night Float system?
- Yes. Residents spend six weeks as Night Float in both the PGY-II and PGY-III year. Residents serve three separate two-week rotations each year. This service covers general medicine services in a supervisory role to admitting interns. There is no night call on subspecialty or elective rotations. There is night call on ICU rotations in the second year and limited night call on SAR floor rotations in the third year.
14. Are residents assigned a mentor?
- Yes. All residents are assigned a mentor.