Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Education and Training Programs


The Division’s main goal in education and training is to create a future generation of investigators and physician scientists who are well disciplined in their fields and who have a solid foundation on which to build their careers. This goal is accomplished by leading educational programs in medical school, residency and fellowship training, and career development programs.


Medical School

Division faculty members have extensive roles in all phases of the education of medical students. Faculty members in the division hold major administrative roles, teach and direct courses, and precept and mentor students throughout their four years of medical school. Eighteen faculty members within the Division are members of the Academy of Master Educators, an elected 5-year honor that signifies excellence in education. In addition, Division members continue to direct and serve on the advisory board for the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP), which offers clinical research training and scholarships to medical students who are committed to careers in clinical investigation.

The Division also directs the Adult Inpatient Medicine Clerkship (AIMC) and the Combined Ambulatory Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkship (CAMPC). AIMC is an 8-week inpatient rotation, the longest inpatient experience in the clinical curriculum, and is considered the cornerstone of clinical education in the School of Medicine. CAMPC is an 8-week combined ambulatory course that provides students with 4-week experiences in medicine and pediatrics.


Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Division invests tremendous effort and resources into the education of its residents. The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is recognized for maintaining a focus on core knowledge while prioritizing individualized training within the various tracks and programs that the division offers, including geriatrics, global health, women’s health, and clinical scientist. Division faculty continues to focus on a number of priorities to maintain the excellence of the training program. These focal points include:

  • continuous healing relationships
  • developing effective communication
  • using evidence-based practice
  • enhancing patient safety
  • improving chronic disease management and preventative care
  • developing evaluation methods and competencies

While the Internal Medicine Residency Program is at the centerpiece of the Division’s efforts, it still supports three other outstanding residency programs – Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Preliminary Program, and Transitional Program.


Internal Medicine Fellowship Program

In addition to clinical training, the Division exposes individuals to some of the best fellowships in the country. The Division offers vibrant, unique, and diverse types of post-doctoral fellowships for physicians and PhDs.

  • General Internal Medicine Fellowship – This program is designed to develop leaders in academic general internal medicine. Nearly all of these fellows enter academic teaching or research careers after completing 2 years of training, which generally includes a master’s degree in Clinical Research or Medical Education but can be modified depending on the background and prior experiences of the candidate.
  • Women’s Health Track – This program is intended to create leaders in women’s health care, and almost all of the fellows enter academic teaching or research careers after completing 2 years of training. Just like the General Internal Medicine Fellowship, this training generally includes a master’s degree in Clinical Research or Medical Education but can be modified to fit the candidate’s background and previous experiences.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship – This 1-2-year fellowship is designed to train leaders, educators, or investigators in palliative and supportive care. Options for a master’s degree in Medical Education or Clinical Research are available.
  • Hospital Medicine Track – This program lasts 1-2 years and is intended to train leaders in careers as hospitalist educators or investigators. The fellows in the 2-year program enroll in the master’s degree program in either Medical Education or Clinical Research. All fellows have customized experiences in inpatient medicine, quality and patient safety, and hospital leadership activities.

Clinical and Translational Research Training

The Division continues to expand the education programs of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), including programs for medical students, residents, doctoral students, and other graduate students. The ICRE’s primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a group of clinical and translational scientists by offering education, training, and career development programs. With funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the ICRE is the home of the Research Education and Career Development Core of the CTSI. The ICRE focuses on the training and career development of clinical and translational scientists at each stage, ranging from brief experiences in research to participation in doctoral degree programs. This year, the ICRE had 9 students in the Clinical and Translational Science PhD program, 62 students in the Masters of Clinical Research Program, 49 in the certificate of Clinical Research Program, 21 in the Masters of Medical Education Program, and 4 in the certificate of Medical Education Program.