Residency can be an intense and challenging experience, but is also likely to be one of the most rewarding periods of a physician’s life. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program is deeply invested in its residents and strives to ensure that residents have time for meaningful growth in both their professional and personal lives.
2017-2018 Internal Medicine Residency Classes
Life as a Resident
Community Outreach Program (COP)
The Community Outreach Program (COP) is a volunteer effort founded and coordinated by residents interested in providing needed service within the community, enhancing collegiality and relationships among residents, and building relationships with local communities, shelters and charitable organizations. Participating residents organize service projects throughout the year. Residents prepare and serve meals at local homeless shelters, participate in fundraisers for charitable organizations, and organize resident participation in races and contests that support charitable causes.
“Though my husband and I were daunted about the prospect of having a child during intern year, the Internal Medicine Residency Program was supportive of our happy news and worked to arrange my schedule to ensure minimal impact on both my colleagues and my new family. Now, whether it is get-togethers with the resident parents group, child-friendly barbecues at our program director’s house, or even remote noon conference didactic broadcasts, I feel supported in my role as a parent."
- Kate Takvorian, MD, Categorical resident
For residency to be truly meaningful, it is important to have time for maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends, pursuing outside hobbies and interests, and reflecting on successes and challenges. With many demands on a resident's time, our program recognizes that residents have lives outside of the hospital. To continually support this balance, we reserve personal wellness time on ambulatory blocks to help residents schedule essential obligations, such as doctor’s appointments. Our program facilitates inpatient team dinners, residency-wide Red Sox games, reflection sessions with trusted leaders, and celebrations for major milestones including intern orientation, holidays and graduation.
Through major life events, such as marriage, childbirth and family emergencies, the program is committed to supporting each resident in the best possible way. For example, the program creates a supportive environment for parents by developing a personalized parental leave plan for each resident, helping to arrange coverage for prenatal appointments and supporting residents who encounter intra- or postpartum complications.
Our coaching program is designed to promote a culture of well-being by allowing residents time to reflect, process their experiences, set goals, recognize their accomplishments and connect with the parts of their work that bring them meaning and purpose. All residents are assigned a faculty coach outside of their field of interest to create a safe space for these discussions.
Vacation and Holiday Blocks
In addition to four weeks of vacation time each year, all residents also get a four or five-day holiday block off (i.e., Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or the Jewish High Holidays).
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Diversity & Inclusion
Led by Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, the Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program works closely with the Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to attract and advance the careers of under-represented in medicine (URM) students, physicians and researchers, as well as to develop culturally competent physicians. We believe this mission is essential for providing our patients with the very best health care and for improving the health of the diverse communities we serve. The Residency Program and CDI have designed mentorship and career development programs for residents during their training at Mass General. The CDI also sponsors welcoming receptions and networking opportunities to enhance the work environment and build community. The CDI Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) promotes the mentorship and development of URM residents and fellows at Mass General. The RFC sponsors opportunities to network, develop careers and become involved in the communities of Harvard and Boston.
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Women in Medicine
The MGH Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to the advancement of female physicians-in-training and the development of future women leaders in medicine. Women play a key role in the leadership of the residency program starting with Katrina Armstrong, MD, who serves as the physician-in-chief for the Department of Medicine. For the 2017-2018 academic year, women make up more than 50% of the intern class.
The Women in Medicine Trainees Council (WIMTC) was created by the Department of Medicine and the Office of Women’s Careers to actively support the personal and professional development of women trainees at MGH. The efforts of this council are focused on creating opportunities for mentorship and providing a formal space for the MGH community to discuss important issues to women physicians such as work-life balance, gender equity, and career development. Major events organized by the WIMTC in the last calendar year included negotiation workshops, mock interviews, and dinner series on topics germane to women pursing academic medical careers. In addition, the WIMTC serves as a voice to advocate for gender equity in the academic medical setting in partnership with colleagues in other departments at MGH.
Major Areas of Focus:
· Promoting gender balance and equity in residency and fellowship recruitment
· Empowering female trainees to mitigate gender bias
· Supporting female physician-scientists
· Facilitating female mentorship and career development
· Promoting opportunities to facilitate work/life balance and wellness
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A Closer Look | Mass General History
The oldest and largest teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Mass General was chartered in 1811, admitted its first patients in 1821 and today records close to one million visits to inpatient and outpatient facilities annually. With more than 16,000 employees, including 3,500 physicians and researchers, Mass General conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. The Mass General patient population is extremely diverse. Patients from nearby communities are served by Mass General affiliated health centers and use Mass General as their community hospital. At the same time, patients travel to Mass General from across the country and around the world attracted by our international reputation as a leader in research and clinical care.
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Getting to Know Boston
Boston is an amazingly diverse city, known for both its historical attractions and its rich cultural offerings. While it’s almost impossible to distill all that Boston has to offer into a single day, if you only have 24 hours in Boston, here are a few recommendations for can’t-miss historical, cultural and culinary activities!
- Freedom Trail: The famous Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route (demarcated by a continuous red-brick line) that wends its way through the heart of historical Boston. Starting in Boston Common and ending at the USS Constitution, the Freedom Trail will transport you back to 18th-century Boston. You will see, among other things: Faneuil Hall,the Old North Church(where Paul Revere hung his famous lanterns), the site of the Boston Massacre, and the peak of Bunker Hill, where the famous 1775 battle was fought (NB: for all you American history buffs out there, the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on neighboring Breed’s Hill, but hey, close enough, right?)
- Fenway Park: Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the U.S. and offers stadium tours year-round (even when the Sox aren’t playing). If you haven’t been, this is a Boston must!
- Museum of Fine Arts: One of the largest museums in the United States. Be sure to see the wonderful collection of Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt oil paintings
- Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum: Gorgeous art collection housed in a beautiful mansion with an outdoor courtyard that often hosts concerts and outdoor events
- Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO): One of the best orchestras in the world, the BSO performs year-round at Symphony Hall in Back Bay
"Intern year is busy, but the residency program makes sure I have time to do the things I enjoy – I’ve joined a local running club and am training for the Boston Marathon"
- Thomas Roberts, MD
Primary Care resident
Park and Outdoor Activities
- The Fens: Urban wilderness park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also designed Central Park in NYC)
- Charles River Esplanade: A great place for a bike/run/walk after a long interview day. Maybe even rent a kayak and go paddling on the Charles!
This list is a selection of restaurants recommended by our residents; the list is not exhaustive by any means but it's a great introduction to Boston food. Bon appétit!
- El Pelon: Famous taqueria, very fast/cheap
- Island Creek Oyster Bar: Phenomenal oysters and fresh seafood
- Myers and Chang: Probably the most famous Chinese restaurant in the city
- Beehive: Live music, excellent brunch
- Artu: Small, intimate Italian
- Anna’s Taqueria: Famous burrito chain in Boston, great for a quick meal
- 75 Chestnut: Intimate setting with excellent American fare, great for an impromptu date
- Select Oyster Bar: New, hip oyster bar with a great selection of beers and ciders
- Toro: Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in Boston; excellent tapas
- Trattoria Di Monica: famous Italian-style lunch sandwiches
- The Daily Catch: Fresh Italian seafood. A well-known spot so get there early
- Border Café: Great Mexican food
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Who We Are
Massachusetts General Hospital recruits top candidates from around the world into our Surgical Residency Program. Our residents bring to the program diverse perspectives and backgrounds, enriching the program further and deepening the care experience that our patients receive.
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Facts about our Residents
- About 70% of our current residents attended a medical school outside of Boston
- 89.2% of resident graduates from 2007-2016 have earned fellowship spots post-graduation
- Our current residents have published more than 150 publications during their residency
- About 20% of our residents have children
- Residents have visited as many as nine countries during residency
- Approximately 82% of our residents live in Boston near the hospital
Learn more about the individuals in our program
While the program is rigorous, residents are able to maintain a balance with their personal lives and are part of a community that supports and encourages their development. There are a number of events throughout the year during which residents recognize each other’s work and accomplishments, welcome incoming residents and come to discuss a particularly extraordinary case; among them:
- Annual holiday party
- Santa Rounds: Every year the Mass General surgical interns participate in a long-standing tradition of admitting Mr. Santa Claus to Mass General.
- Change Show: On the eve of the first day of the new academic year, we celebrate and review the year’s triumphs by showcasing videos created by each class. At this event we also welcome the incoming interns
Commitment to Diversity
The Department of Surgery is committed to recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds. We have a diversity committee of faculty, staff and residents that meets to discuss program development. We also work with the Mass General Multicultural Affairs Office, which connects students underrepresented in medicine to other students, faculty and staff who share their experience at Mass General. The department also encourages opportunities to engage in broader discussion on diversity and health care. In 2011, the Department of Surgery hosted the 21st annual meeting of The Society of Black Academic Surgeons, drawing more than 200 individuals to panels led by expert surgeons.
Welcome to Boston
A world-class city with a small-town feel, Boston is rich in history and culture and home to more than 50 colleges and universities. The city is known for its sports teams, as well as for its major cultural institutions like the Boston Ballet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Numerous museums and galleries host weekly events, and a thriving local music scene coupled with an international array of restaurants makes Boston a vibrant city to call home.
Most area attractions are within walking distance or a short trip on public transportation. Mass General is located right near the city center, which is surrounded by a number of neighborhoods where our residents live. Some of the better-known areas include Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End and the North End.
Boston is also centrally located to major destinations in the Northeast. New York is just four hours away by bus. Train lines such as Amtrak and the MBTA local commuter rail make traveling in New England and along the coast easy. We are in close proximity to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and other major travel destinations. International flights are also available out of Boston's Logan International Airport, approximately a 15-minute cab ride away from the hospital.
Making the move to Boston is both exciting and challenging. Our Multicultural Affairs Office has a list of resources to help you find housing and furniture, and networks to connect to.
Residents are provided with two, seven-day blocks of vacation during the first year of residency and one month per year in the subsequent four years. All one-month vacations are taken as a single block to prevent interference with the educational experience of rotations, to provide an adequate block of time off for the resident and to prevent the necessity of cross-coverage on services. The program strives to accommodate the vacation requests of each resident.
Hospitalization and medical insurance is available through the hospital, as are disability insurance and malpractice insurance.
Subsidized parking is available to house officers in the hospital's parking garages.
PGY Salary (2017-2018)
- PGY-1 $61,384
- PGY-2 $64,505
- PGY-3 $67,000
- PGY-4 $70,000
- PGY-5 $73,670
- PGY-6 $77,850
- PGY-7 $81,567
- PGY-8 $85,313