Welcome from the Program Director
Dr. Benjamin Doolittle, MD, MDiv, Program Director
Welcome to the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Our mission is to engage residents to become wise, compassionate physicians with the strongest intellectual foundation in a supportive, collegial environment. The Yale Med-Peds program is integrated within both departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, yet also maintains a unique identity unto itself. This balance – a small, collegial program within two comprehensive departments – fosters a high quality, person-focused educational experience with a distinct energy.
Our curriculum avails itself of the extensive resources of a preeminent university medical center, as well as the strong alliances with community hospitals and other institutions. Yale consistently ranks among the highest of recipients for NIH funding grants; and there is a long tradition of clinical innovation. Our diverse, in depth training is reflected in the career choices of our residents. Our graduates pursue careers in primary care, research-based sub-specialties, and international health. Many pursue careers in academic medicine and serve as faculty in programs across the country.
A key feature of the Yale Med/Peds Program of which we are particularly proud is our combined Med-Peds continuity clinic located at the St. Mary’s Family Health Center in Waterbury, Connecticut. The Med/Peds clinic space was built expressly for our purpose and serves a diverse urban community. Our med-peds residents and faculty have built up the practice into a lively, popular primary care clinic, and have designed innovative programs to meet the needs of the community – including programs in refugee medicine, HIV, Hep C, and pediatric chronic care. Residents typically maintain a weekly 1/2 day clinic experience throughout their four years of training. (Please see the ambulatory medicine section of this website for greater detail.)
Over the years, we have developed several unique features to our curriculum. While Yale training affords ours graduates board eligibility in both medicine and pediatrics, we seek also to meet the particular career interests of our residents through a variety of ambulatory blocks, electives, and research opportunities. Beginning in the second year, integrated med-peds ambulatory blocks are designed to provide a broad and practical exposure to primary care and subspecialty practice. The “Fourth Year Ambulatory Super Block” is a 2 month elective designed by the resident with guidance by a mentor to meet one’s particular goals. In the past, residents have pursued research projects in spirituality and depression, deepened an expertise in the care of patients with HIV, developed skills in the business management of private practice, revised clinic procedures in well child care and pursued many other projects. The International Health Elective provides a fully funded opportunity for each resident to work in an underserved area at least once in either the PGY 3 and/or PGY 4 year. Medicine/Pediatrics trained physicians are particularly well suited for international health work and this is an interest of many of our residents.
We seek students who share our passion for patient care, our zeal for learning, and our commitment to fostering a collegial and supportive community. We are proud of our program and glad for your interest. We look forward to connecting with you this interview season.
The primary mission of the Yale Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics Residency Program is to train houseofficers to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent physicians able to care for patients across the age span. We seek to train physicians from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and agents of change in whatever setting they choose for their career. Faculty are actively involved as teachers, role model clinicians, scholars, advisers and mentors who are committed to helping trainees identify the niches of medicine in which they will be most successful and satisfied.
Housestaff learn to provide compassionate, respectful, patient-centered, cost-effective, and evidence-based care in a variety of academic and community settings. The primary instructional strategy is experiential learning, which occurs through the residents' meaningful patient care responsibility and graduated autonomy. Through direct observation and feedback from faculty and peers, trainees first learn the fundamentals of patient care. Over time, trainees develop the skills of self-evaluation and reflective practice in order to improve their own skills throughout their career. Graduates are prepared to enter the practice or to pursue fellowship training, either in internal medicine or pediatrics, or in a combined fellowship program.