Welcome from the Program Director

Hello and welcome to GWIMRes!   

What a year it’s been, and what an interesting recruitment season we are about to embark on! 

Some things never change: Here at GW we know that no matter what career lies ahead of you, the best first step is broad training across the spectrum of internal medicine. For that reason, we have assigned core rotations in general medicine and most IM subspecialty fields – before using any of your elective time.  The 4+1 schedule (including prelims) ensures a “diastole week” of clinic and a golden weekend at least every 5th week.  

Our longitudinal QI curriculum for all residents (including prelims) is a highlight of our training program.  The residents all participate in designing, leading and implementing Quality Improvement projects during their training.  These projects are done at all clinical sites both inpatient and outpatient. 

Our absolutely unique primary care program (with 12 consecutive months of outpatient rotations) is one of the oldest in the country and consistently retains residents’ primary care interest.  During their ambulatory year, they rotate in all medical and surgical outpatient clinics, and assisted living facility and they do home visits with our geriatricians.  

Our underserved urban patient population is a strong basis for our Underserved Medicine & Public Health (UMPH) track and our HIV track, which are available to all categorical and primary care residents. To best serve our community, discussions of social determinants of health and the importance of physicians’ roles in achieving equity for our patients have been in our lexicon for years. 

How we adjusted to COVID: We are proud that our residents have cared for the vast majority of COVID patients in our hospital and the DC VA. We cannot give enough praise to our hospital leadership for ensuring PPE supplies, prioritizing our safety, and communicating new policies and protocols in real time. Our Divisions  of Hospital Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care led our residents fearlessly, modelling lifelong learning as well as research generation in real time. To combat emotional fatigue, we temporarily converted the usual “4+1” schedule to a “2+1” featuring 2 weeks of a core inpatient or ICU rotation followed by one week of at-home facilitated learning. We transferred all conferences to virtual learning, which allowed us to preserve morning report and noon conference.  

Finally, we ensured that scholarly opportunities continued for our residents. We worked with GWU librarians to convert our QI project poster competition to an e-poster format, and used the same technology to host the annual DC ACP Chapter residents’ meeting to highlight the work of IM residents from residency programs across Washington, DC.  

When our new interns started, we went back to the 4 + 1 schedule, but we kept many conferences the same.  We hold twice daily virtual teaching conferences and in-person intern reports during ward rotations.  In the +1 week, we have virtual didactic sessions with opportunities for residents to spend time together in socially distanced conference rooms.  We also have incorporated telemedicine into resident clinic, which has been well received.  

Virtual recruitment: Out of respect for our residents’ time as well as your time, our interview day experience will be as similar to a typical year as possible! Please familiarize yourself with our program website, watch our video, take our 360º photo tour and follow us on Instagram @gwimres to learn more about us!  Your interview day will include opportunities to meet residents and faculty, to get more detailed information about our program, and to ask any remaining questions you have. 

I am incredibly proud of the residency education we offer at GW and wish you could meet every one of our residents --they really are our best advertisement! We try hard to recruit a residency class that represents a diverse array of interests, backgrounds, medical schools and geographies, but all of our residents share some things in common: they work hard and know you get out of residency what you proactively put into it; they value teamwork and a supportive learning environment; and they care about our patients, our community and each other.  

Welcome to GWIMRes! 

Best, 

Jillian Catalanotti (Dr. C)