Residency Training Program

Welcome to VCUHealth Internal Medicine! Our mission is simple - to train the well-rounded internist of the future: competent, caring, compassionate and confident in the practice of Internal Medicine. We focus on five pillars of competency in training – clinical, scholarship, teaching, leadership, resilience. By developing the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes in all pillars, our graduates are well-prepared to take their next career steps whether entering practice, pursuing further degrees or training, or entering a specialty. Importantly, our residents will tell you that they are challenged daily in a collaborative and supportive environment. Please explore our website to learn more. We are proud to train the internists of the future and excited to share our innovative program with you.

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Our program is focused on training you as a:

  • Compassionate, caring, confident, competent internist who is able to practice in a variety of settings
  • Skilled educator
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Leader, able to lead teams as well as quality improvement efforts
  • Academic contributor

Why VCU? Here Are Some Unique Aspects of the Program:

Clinical

We are proud to train outstanding clinicians. We ensure that all trainees gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide great care to future patients in any setting. We believe that this includes medical knowledge, the knowledge of social determinants of health and how these impact health, advanced physical exam skills, advanced diagnostic reasoning skills, evidence-based medicine knowledge and skills, a focus on high value care, and an understanding and application of science – and, most importantly, the ability to bring each of these pieces in an integrated way to the bedside in a patient- and team-centered manner.

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Teaching

We believe all of our residents should graduate as skilled educators in order to better serve their future patients, future colleagues, and future learners. All residents participate in an extensive curriculum to develop these skills. In addition, residents with a strong interest in medical education may participate in our generalist pathway with a focus in medical education. This may include further training and scholarship opportunities in curriculum design and medical education research.

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Scholarship

Our residents are encouraged take seriously their commitment of contributions to the science and science of education in medicine. Each resident participates in a 10-week course designed to introduce them to key concepts in and resources for research. Each resident designs a study, identifies a mentor, and is allowed 1-2 rotations for research activities. Residents are encouraged to contribute in ways that are meaningful to them as individuals, which may mean clinical, translational or basic science research projects, but may also mean curriculum development, review papers, medical education research, essay writing and more.

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Leadership

Leader, quality improvement and team training:

Our residents graduate from our program prepared to lead teams and quality efforts. This occurs through participation in:

  • Formal leadership training sessions, including formal training in teamwork, communication, shared mental models
  • Teacher/leader leadership training “book club” – summer of third year
  • Serving in role of team leader – with focused feedback on role
  • Completion of IHI modules in leadership and quality
  • Quality Improvement rotation – required of all teacher/leader residents
  • Participation in quality improvement initiatives

Learn more about our leadership training

Resilience

We believe that supporting the development of the resilient physician is a critical aspect of training the internist of the future. Our commitment to well-being and resilience stems from our core values and resilience is integrated into most of the program structure. Additionally, we recognize the value of having designated time for fostering well-being and thus have dedicated training in resilience into our curriculum.

Learn more about becoming a resilient physician

Pathways

While the Internal Medicine Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital offers a number of training tracks to fulfill the interests and career plans of our trainees, each individual, regardless of track, receives excellent training in Internal Medicine and, at the completion of residency, is eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine examination.

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Preliminary Medicine Track (NRP Program Code: 1743140P0)

The goal of the preliminary medicine track is to provide a well-rounded one year foundation in Internal Medicine for individuals preparing to enter advanced specialty programs, in a challenging yet supportive environment. During this year of training, we strive to provide an experience in which each individual feels part of the core team of Internal Medicine trainees.

Learn more about the Preliminary Medicine Track

Combined Programs

Combined Emergency Medicine-Internal Medicine Program

VCU Medical Center, in partnership with the Richmond VAMC offers a combined five-year Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine training for two residents per year. For more information about this program, visit the EM-IM Web site.

Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Program

The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program is a four-year program integrating internal medicine and pediatrics, with excellent training in both fields through hospital and ambulatory experiences, leading to dual board eligibility and numerous career options. For more information about this track, visit the Med/Peds Web site.

Learn more about our Combined Programs

Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP

Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP

Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-5565

Email: patricia.sime@vcuhealth.org

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Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH

Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH

Program Director - Residency Training Program

Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH

Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH

Program Director - Residency Training Program

Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-9726

Email: stephanie.call@vcuhealth.org

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Michelle Brooks, MD

Michelle Brooks, MD

Associate Program Director - Quality and Safety

Michelle Brooks, MD

Michelle Brooks, MD

Associate Program Director - Quality and Safety

Internal Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: michelle.brooks@vcuhealth.org

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Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Program Director - VAMC Oversight

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Program Director - VAMC Oversight

Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine

Email: frank.fulco@vcuhealth.org

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Amanda L. George, MD, PhD

Amanda L. George, MD, PhD

Associate Program Director - Ambulatory Curriculum

Amanda L. George, MD, PhD

Amanda L. George, MD, PhD

Associate Program Director - Ambulatory Curriculum

Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine

Email: amanda.george@vcuhealth.org

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Thomas Iden, MD

Thomas Iden, MD

Associate Program Director- Recruitment

Thomas Iden, MD

Thomas Iden, MD

Associate Program Director- Recruitment

Internal Medicine

Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Email: thomas.iden@vcuhealth.org

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Derek Leiner, MD

Derek Leiner, MD

Associate Program Director- Quality and Safety

Derek Leiner, MD

Derek Leiner, MD

Associate Program Director- Quality and Safety

Internal Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: charles.leiner@vcuhealth.org

Rebecca Miller, MD

Rebecca Miller, MD

Associate Program Director - Curriculum

Rebecca Miller, MD

Rebecca Miller, MD

Associate Program Director - Curriculum

Internal Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: rebecca.miller@vcuhealth.org

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Sarika S. Modi, MD

Sarika S. Modi, MD

Associate Program Director-Global Health Pathway

Sarika S. Modi, MD

Sarika S. Modi, MD

Associate Program Director-Global Health Pathway

Internal Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: sarika.modi@vcuhealth.org

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Laura E. Paletta-Hobbs, MD

Laura E. Paletta-Hobbs, MD

Associate Program Director - Clinical Competency

Laura E. Paletta-Hobbs, MD

Laura E. Paletta-Hobbs, MD

Associate Program Director - Clinical Competency

Internal Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: laura.paletta-hobbs@vcuhealth.org

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Residents in our program play an active role in the training program as well as the day-to-day decision-making through monthly housestaff meetings, residency committees and direct contact with chief medical residents and program directors.

Our residents have a variety of backgrounds, origins, and career interests, yet they all share a passion of Internal Medicine.

Our Commitment to Resident Diversity

Diversity is absolutely essential at a research university, just as it is in life. It is an indispensable part of the learning process. It shapes what we learn and how we learn it, how we solve problems, how we interact with one another, and how we think about ourselves and each other.

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Resident Spotlight - Dr. Sarah Abdel Massih

Resident Spotlight

Resident Spotlight - Dr. Sarah Abdel Massih

I was raised in a very small town in the Lebanese Mountains around 40 minutes from the capital.  I went to college and medical school at the American University of Beirut.  I have always enjoyed solving different kinds of puzzles, swimming and taking long quiet walks.  When I interviewed at VCU, I realized that it was a perfect fit for me.  The people were so welcoming, the program and the hospital were just the right size with a very diverse patient population that I knew was going to provide me with the appropriate education to be the best internist.  After joining the program, I felt like I was at home.  My peers became my new family and despite how difficult residency can get, I knew there was always someone who had my back. One of my favorite weeks in residency was the biannual physiology retreat where we travelled 4 hours away from the hospital and spent time performing experiments to prove clinical concepts we use on a daily basis.  We also had the chance to enjoy awesome hikes in beautiful natural scenery.  As a resident, I feel I am making a big difference in each of my patients’ lives as well as changes for the betterment of our patient population on the QI council. VCU also has the advantage of being located in Richmond, a beautiful city with many outdoors activities and amazing food that will guarantee I never get bored.

Learn more about Dr. Abdel Massih

Thank you for your interest in the VCUHS Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program. For more information on the application and interview process, please click on the following applicant resources.

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Allison Dubinsky, Residency Program Coordinator
Key Roles: Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education/American Board of Internal Medicine liaison; Resident training records, and Credentialing
Email: allison.dubinsky@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 828-6724

Derek Altizer, Residency Program Coordinator
Key Roles: Recruitment Coordinator; Website development and support; New Innovations coordination and maintenance, Evaluations coordinator
Email: Derek.Altizer@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 828-5161

Ashley Montoute, Administrative Assistant
Key Roles: Reception, Office communications, Chief Medical Resident Support
Email: imea@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-9726

Patricia Walker, Office Manager
Key Roles: Day to day oversight of program office; Administrative assistant to Program Directors; Finances
Email: patricia.walker@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 828-9727