For more information about our program, please contact Shauntelle Brown, program coordinator, at (912) 350-7573.
- ERAS: 1401212108
- NRMP: 1971140C0
Welcome from our Program Director
Welcome to Internal Medicine at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia!
If you choose to train with us you will learn how to function well in a busy clinic environment as well as be comfortable stabilizing a patient in transfer to the ICU and everything in between. We believe that autonomy and purpose are the best vaccine against burnout and strive to create a learning environment that allows our trainees to gain this autonomy in a safe, informed manner. In this way we help guide our residents into a career they can enjoy and in which they find meaning.
The Memorial Health University Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, provides excellent clinical, academic, and practice opportunities for physicians seeking to begin a successful career in internal medicine.
Residents who graduate from our program are strong candidates for positions in outpatient practice, hospitalist positions, and traditional primary care. Many also decide to further their education through subspecialty training.
Our residency trains a total of 40 residents comprised of 12 categorical residents per PGY class along with four preliminary interns. We utilize a novel scheduling model that maximizes the opportunity for a true continuity clinic while maintaining a strong inpatient experience.
Features of our program include:
- Preparation for both academic and clinical practice; all graduates have found practice opportunities and approximately 20 percent have entered fellowship training
- Strong core clinical faculty, outstanding 1:1 faculty/resident interaction
- On-site Mercer University School of Medicine where residents, faculty, and students are actively involved in education
- Off-campus rotations at both subspecialists' and general internists' offices.
- Opportunity to participate in original research and drug trials, consistent award-winning resident research and clinical vignette presentations at state and national meetings
- Resident-driven quality committees facilitating a streamlined learning environment
- Five-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- Night team system on general medicine for PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 residents
- Built-in moonlighting opportunities for PGY2 and PGY3 residents
- Exciting, active, team-based learning initiative
Get to Know the Team
Mary C. Downing, MD
Curriculum and Rotation Schedule
Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.
Educational conferences have varying formats and are a large part of our program. Our conferences complement our curriculum and include team-based learning, case presentations, journal clubs, and much more. These conferences are highly rated and well attended.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 9:15am – 10:00am for all house staff and faculty currently on medical wards. This is a resident-driven conference in which one to two cases recently admitted are presented to a teaching faculty member for an in-depth interactive teaching session focusing on differential diagnoses, treatment modalities, and interpretation of laboratory and radiographic data.
This is an active learning initiative that has generated considerable excitement. Residents are divided into teams to develop in-depth understanding about various medical problems. Half of the residents attend the morning session and half attend in the afternoon.
Resident Career Enhancement
A career-enhancement program is scheduled monthly. This covers areas such as obtaining a job, contracts, overhead, healthcare financing, bank loans, disability insurance, setting up an office, promoting a practice, how to get a fellowship, and opportunities in clinical research.
Conferences are held on Fridays from 8:00am – 9:00am in the state-of-the-art Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Distinguished and renowned guest lecturers present a broad spectrum of topics.
Performance Improvement Conference
Scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of every month, this conference provides a forum where faculty and residents can examine current cases in an effort to provide continuous quality assessment and improvement.
Noon Core Conferences
These daily meetings are held Monday through Friday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, for all house staff and teaching faculty. There is a three-year revolving curriculum addressing all aspects of internal medicine in preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine Examination given by subspecialist and general medicine faculty.
Evidence-based Medicine (Journal Club)
Four to five formal evidence-based medicine conferences are scheduled per month. The residency is divided into four teams, with one team presenting two articles each week. These conferences provide comprehensive coverage of emerging evidence and the format ensures that the content is current with the medical literature.
These monthly conferences use innovative methods to teach important concepts regarding the six competencies.
Monthly Board Tests
Once a month, the residents take an internally prepared test based on specific areas of internal medicine.
This multidisciplinary conference is attended by radiation oncology, pathology, hematology/oncology, surgery, and residents on hematology/oncology service (or any other rotation). The board discusses interesting oncology cases and upcoming evaluation and treatment plans.
Outpatient Internal Medicine Clinic
Interns and residents spend a half day each week in their own continuity clinic and provide hospital follow-up care to patients seen at Memorial Health University Medical Center (occurs pre-call day if on medicine wards). Our Center for Internal Medicine clinic allows residents to practice medicine in a real-life private-practice setting.
MedStudy Board Review Course
All PGY3 residents are required to attend a 10-day internal medicine board review course in May at the expense of Memorial Health University Medical Center. The course is an excellent way to solidify clinical knowledge at the end of training.
7:00am - 7:30am: Patient handoff and sign-out rounds
7:30am - 9:00am: Resident work rounds
9:00am - 10:00am: Morning report (inpatient teams only)
10:00am - 12:30pm: Attending rounds
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch conference
1:30pm - 4:00pm: Work rounds and inpatient duties; complete attending rounds, if needed
4:00pm - 4:30pm: Afternoon patient handoff and sign-out rounds
9:00am - 12:00pm OR 1:30pm -5:00pm: Half day of outpatient continuity clinic per week
There are five general ward services comprised of an attending, resident, intern, medical students, and, occasionally, a pharmacy or physician assistant student. The ward teams take call every fifth day from 7:00am to 7:00pm. There is no intern overnight call. Night teams arrive at 7:00pm and continue through 7:00am the following day. We fully comply with ACGME requirements for residency training programs with particular attention to the number of weekly hours and the number of patients each intern or resident can admit and manage. All members of the house staff are given a minimum of one day off per week averaged over four weeks.
The 16-hour intern work day has been an easy transition and is absolutely honored. All caps and ACGME work-hour requirements are strictly enforced. A Web-based program allows the residents to log their hours.
The department of internal medicine developed a night team system. Monday through Saturday from 7:00pm to 7:00am are covered by an upper-level resident and two interns. This system is strongly supported by the house staff. No intern works more than six night shifts in a row.
The PGY-1 interns take call while assigned to internal medicine wards. Call is every fifth day, in house, and runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Residents PGY-2 and PGY-3
The PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents take call while assigned to internal medicine wards. Call is every fifth day, in house, and runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Residents on subspecialty services do not take in-house call. Generally, the resident will take call with the respective subspecialist and pick up any new patients admitted overnight.
Excluding those on the night team, all interns and residents spend a half day each week in their own continuity clinic and provide hospital follow-up care to patients seen at Memorial University Medical Center.
Memorial Health University Medical Center, located in Savannah, Georgia, is a 612-bed tertiary care facility and a comprehensive regional referral center for cardiac care, cancer care, trauma, pediatrics, high-risk obstetrics, neonatology, and rehabilitation. We offer six physician residency programs and are affiliated with Mercer University School of Medicine. The presence of Mercer students enhances the teaching environment immensely.