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Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Western Reserve Health Education internal Medicine Residency Program is fully accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Guided by performance standards established by ACGME our comprehensive curriculum progressively builds competence through technical and practice skills, attitudes, values and lifelong learning habits that prepare residents for either fellowship acquisition or private practice.

The accessibility and dedication of our faculty sets our program apart from others. With more than 70 faculty members, our residents receive extensive personal instruction. Didactic and sound clinical experience completes the educational focus in ambulatory medicine, hospital-based medicine and the medical specialties.

Research is an important element on your Internal Medicine curriculum and our residents are encouraged to utilize the multiple resources available to assist them, including a statistician, library and a full time librarian with his MLS.

Our residency program has maintained a strong tie with Northeast Ohio Medical University. This affiliating frequently allows our residents the opportunity to facilitate their learning by teaching and working with the medical students. 

For more information on our program, please contact us at 330-675-5714.

Message from the Program Director

      It is a pleasure to invite you to train in our community based, university affiliated program. At Western Reserve Health Education’s Trumbull campus, real life, evidence based medicine is practiced with an emphasis on progressive maturity and responsibility. Our patient’s come from all walks of life and a wide variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and present with a wide variety of disease processes.  This exposure facilitates not only the accumulation of medical knowledge but also the honing of interpersonal and communication skills essential to effective practice of medicine. Further, emphasis on a multidisciplinary team approach and maintenance of a collegial atmosphere with peers, ancillary staff, attendings, and other services further enhances the learning experience.

      In the first year of training, emphasis is on basic skills and rapid accumulation of medical knowledge needed to practice or lay the foundation for fellowship while also giving some exposure to outpatient primary care.  During the second year it is expected that the learner will gain confidence and skills needed for minimally supervised to independent practice and assume a basic supervisory and teaching role with students and PGY1 residents.  During the third year, fine tuning of ICU skills including the management of complex, unstable patients and a consultative role is expected along with more advanced supervision of earlier learners.  Expect lively discussions at bedside and in conference and expect to be challenged!

      Prepare your leadership and academic skills by becoming a member of one of our many hospital committees or by participating in local, regional,  

or national meetings presenting your own research project or an interesting case report. Unsure of the direction of your future? We have available enthusiastic mentors to help you sort out your questions. First ACGME accredited in 1955 (as Youngstown Hospital Association), our Internal Medicine program continues to be fully ACGME accredited and continues to provide high quality training in a friendly, interactive environment.  About one third of our graduates go on the fellowships of their choice, another third into primary care and the balance into Hospitalist Medicine.  We are excited by your interest and hope to see you in the future.

Munir Shah MD, FACP

Program Director, Internal Medicine


Application Requirements

The Western Reserve Health Education Internal Medicine Program operates under the standard academic calendar year from July-June.

We participate in the National Resident Match Program, and interested candidates must apply online through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All complete applications are reviewed on an individual basis.  An application is considered complete when the following information has been received:

  • Dean’s Letter

  • Medical School Transcript

  • Written Personal Statement

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these should be from members of the Department of Internal Medicine at your school, affiliate, hospital or elective course, and current within the last 12 months)

  • United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Scores Part I and Part II

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (if applicable)

Selection and Appointment:

      The Internal Medicine Residency Training Selection Committee reviews applications for nine (9) categorical PGY1 positions and six (6) preliminary PGY 1 positions each year. We select the most qualified candidates to interview and rank based on the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a U.S. or Foreign Medical School within the last two (2) years

  • USMLE Steps I and II (CS and CK) Passage with minimum score of 220 (Highly favored if Part III passed as well) - No failures at any level

  • J-1 visa sponsorship considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • H1B Visa Sponsoring.

Match Process:

You must register for the “Match” (NRMP), as we do not accept any applicants outside of the “Match”.


First Year

Ward Medicine - 5 months
MICU - 2 months
Primary Care - 1 month
Elective - 1 month
Pulmonary, Nephrology OR Cardiology - 2 months
Night Float - 1 month
Primary Care Continuity Clinic - 1/2 day/week

Second Year

Ward Medicine - 3 months
MICU - 2 months
Primary Care - 1 month
Pulmonary Nephrology OR Cardiology - 1 month
Emergency - 1 month
Infectious Disease - 1 month
Neurology - 1 month
Elective - 1 month
Night Float - 1 month
Primary Care Continuity Clinic - 1/2 day/week

Third Year

Ward Medicine - 2 months
MICU - 1 month
Endocrinology - 1 month
Rheumatology - 1 month
Hematology-Oncology 1 month
Gastroenterology - 1 month
Electives - 3 months
Primary Care -1 month
Night Float - 1 month
Primary Care Continuity Clinic - 1/2 day/week

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