The Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Elmhurst Hospital Center is a fully accredited categorical three-year program with 15 house staff positions at each level of training leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The residency provides training over the full spectrum of medical practice from primary through tertiary care and has been built on the established strengths, resources, and experiences of the Elmhurst primary care program developed over four decades which is enriched by utilizing the resources of The Mount Sinai Health System.
Primary care medicine has been defined as "first contact medicine", which assumes longitudinal responsibility for the health care and preventive health of the patient. Training in primary care medicine extends to areas beyond internal medicine and includes behavioral science and other disciplines which contribute to the provision of the comprehensive health needs of defined populations. The program emphasizes the development of skills in the care of the ambulatory patient including training in the non-medical subspecialties as well as non-clinical areas such as biostatistics and epidemiology. At the same time, as a part of the Icahn School of Medicine program and as a fully accredited categorical internal medicine program, we focus on training our residents in state-of-the-art specialty medicine practice, preparing them for fellowship training in a range of specialties. Historically, the career paths chosen by our residents have spanned the spectrum of internal medicine practices, from the most general to the most specialized, and our graduates almost uniformly report to us how well-trained and well-prepared they felt they were to engage in their chosen career.