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Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program

The Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program trains physicians who desire a generalist background to their careers in medicine and who aspire to become agents of change in our rapidly evolving healthcare system, locally, nationally, and internationally. Whether that career is as a general internist, a subspecialist, a policy maker, a practitioner, an educator, or a researcher; the foundation of medicine and broad exposure to career mentors that are afforded our residents provides an outstanding opportunity through which these aspirations can be met. We offer 18 positions within the program, with two spots allocated to the HIV Primary Care training track. Students interested in the HIV Primary Care training track should apply to both the Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program and the HIV-Primary Care Residency Track as there are separate match numbers for each track.

About Our Program

The overarching goal for residency training is to prepare each resident with a solid grounding in internal medicine in an environment that strongly fosters intellectual curiosity, a spirit of inquiry and camaraderie that embraces a biopsychosocial model of patient care and training.

We take most seriously our responsibility to assure that all of our trainees are outstanding clinicians who adhere to the highest ethical standards of the profession of medicine and to assist each trainee in exploring the broad field of internal medicine so that they will discover that niche of medicine which most ideally aligns with their talents, interests and skills.

We seek to train physicians who will become leaders of medicine within their communities and to whom we would gladly refer ourselves and our families for healthcare.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program is to train house officers to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent general internists who are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards of medicine. 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, advisors and mentors who are committed to helping trainees identify the niches of medicine in which they will be most successful and satisfied. These values and goals are articulated in our mission statement.

As members of the Yale Primary Care Residency, we affirm our beliefs and aspirations as follows:

  • We believe in social justice, that there are undeniable human rights including the right to health care and the dignity of every human no matter who they are or where they live.
  • We believe in being good stewards of limited medical care resources.
  • We believe it is just as important to train excellent general physicians as it is to cultivate a zeal for the well-being of a community and the individuals that create that community.
  • We believe in providing compassionate and thoughtful care to every patient.
  • We believe in developing leaders in medicine, regardless of whether they are involved in community care, health policy or academia.
  • We believe in allowing for and assisting with the development and pursuit of individual passions.
  • We believe in a biopsychosocial approach to patient care and recognize that social and psychological determinants play large parts in our patient’s health.
  • We believe in primary care and that for primary care to succeed we must allow for and pursue innovations in both the access to and delivery of health care.
  • We believe in the value of hard work and the value of education.
  • We believe in fostering a sense of friendship, community and collegiality amongst ourselves.
  • We believe in striving to improve ourselves so we can improve the world.

Section of General Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of General Internal Medicine sponsors theYale Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. The section makes significant contributions to the department's missions of patient care, medical education, and research. The section’s faculty have broad clinical, educational, and research interests. In addition to the direct teaching and precepting interactions that housestaff have with faculty in the section, there is a rich research environment and opportunity for residents to participate in a variety of clinical and education research projects.

The Section of General Internal Medicine sponsors five fellowships. Included is the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale, an Addiction Medicine fellowship, an Occupational & Environmental Medicine fellowship, and a Medical Education Fellowship. For more information on these educational opportunities, visit Fellowship Programs.