Emory's J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Training Program supports a number of training tracks, including:

Learn more about our Residency Curriculum:

Educational Curriculum

Emory Department of Medicine residents participate in a creative layered educational curriculum which focuses on allowing residents to learn from experiential patient encounters during their clinical rotations but also strategically intercalates a variety of educational programs to complement their growth and acquisition of the core competencies in internal medicine.

Current Curriculum

  • Evidence Based Medicine 
  • Procedures
    • Simulation
    • ABIM procedures/Invasive procedures
  • Clinical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • EKG skills
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Performance Improvement Project
  • Point-of-care Ultrasound 
  • Transitions of Care

Emory follows an advanced Evidence Based Medicine curriculum that is integrated longitudinally into  the ambulatory educational plan  over the 3 years. Residents learn how to ask clinical questions, review the literature and ultimately critically appraise the full spectrum of medical articles in order to answer their question.

All our interns participate in Procedural Simulation during orientation which is complemented by their use of the web based “Procedure Consult” program that gives them access to both procedural videos as well key procedural medical content.

All our residents participate in Performance Improvement Projects based out of their continuity clinics. These projects allow residents to utilize the quality improvement principles that they have been learning as part of their residency core quality improvement didactics and systematically improve the clinical care of their continuity clinic patients. All teams present their projects and are recognized for their accomplishments at our annual Performance Improvement Project day at the end of the academic year. These projects have also been presented at local and national conferences by our residents!

All interns are systematically evaluated in their abilities to perform a comprehensive history, focused physical examination and synthesize a clinic case utilizing an OSCE. In addition, we assess all our interns’ ability to communicate bad news effectively employing a variety of challenging OSCE patients.

During intern year residents receive a robust, faculty-led EKG skills curriculum during their cardiology month. The goal is to improve confidence and skill in EKG interpretation, and we expect all our interns to successfully pass the EKG test at the end of their cardiology rotation.

Faculty integrate and develop “Transitions of Care” curriculum that teaches residents the best evidence on how to effectively communicate “handovers,” execute safe care transitions and successful hospital discharges.

Core Conferences

The Emory Residency program has a core set of yearly didactic conferences that are part of a larger three-year educational didactic curriculum. The core didactic conferences cover the major topics in general internal medicine, including issues arising in ambulatory, inpatient and extended care settings as well as most of the key topics in the internal medicine subspecialties.

  • Core Lectures are strategically organized by the residency leadership in collaboration with the educational leaders from all the internal medicine subspecialties. All these case based lectures are available for additional review by our residents via our internet web stream links on our Blackboard site. 1 Hour Weekly
  • Medical Grand Rounds hosted by our Department of Medicine to showcase our own many talented medicine faculty and complement the other invited, nationally recognized physicians in medicine. 1 Hour Weekly
  • Ambulatory Conference – Tuesday Ambulatory Conference block during ambulatory months.
  • Journal Club during their second year. Monthly at each hospital.
  • Morbidity and Mortality conferences are planned and organized by key faculty at each of the four main hospitals with a strong focus on patient safety, quality and systems improvements. Finally, all our PGY-3 residents are responsible for planning and conducting an evidence-based. Monthly at each hospital.
  • Senior Resident Grand Rounds on a scholarly topic that interests them. In addition, each hospital hosts traditional “chief resident run reports” as well as support numerous hospital specific conferences throughout the academic week usually during the 12-2 time period M-F.


In addition to structured educational curriculum we have developed a number of additional voluntary educational programs that allow our residents to gain experience in a variety of areas. We have created “Distinctions” programs for our residents that choose to participate and get involved above and beyond their residency training. Learn more