Career Paths of Graduates

Introduction

Graduates of the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency pursue a wide range of professional opportunities ranging from clinical practice to academic medicine, policy and industry. Of the seventy Program graduates over the past 5 years, forty-five (65%) have pursued careers in general internal medicine and twenty-five (35%) have pursued subspecialty training. General medicine academic opportunities include fellowship training in general internal medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Occupational Health, Geriatrics, sports medicine, and palliative care. Of those who seek careers in general internal medicine, roughly 50% seek an academic career and 50% enter general medical practice.

Our residents receive guidance for career planning throughout training and with the assistance of program directors and core faculty, have outstanding opportunity to connect with and be mentored by faculty from throughout the Yale Department of Internal Medicine. We also have developed a website which provides comprehensive information on a range of career planning issues, including creating a CV/resume, interview, find the right job or fellowship, and contract negotiation. Called "Beyond Residency", this website compiles existing helpful resources from professional organizations and journals as well as personal advice from Yale Internal Medicine Residency graduates who share their experiences and guidance for succeeding during the process. For our current residents who would like to access “Beyond Residency,” please log-in via the Beyond Residency website.

Program alumni unanimously considered themselves “as well prepared or better prepared” than their colleagues for the positions they had accepted. Our program leadership and core faculty views our role in helping every resident find a niche of medicine that is professionally and personally rewarding as one of our top priorities.