Program Overview

The Emory University Department of Medicine Residency Program supports several different options for residency training including:

  • Categorical Program (see below)
  • Primary Care Program (see below)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway (Clinician-Scientist Research Track - see below)
  • Medicine/Psychiatry 
  • Preliminary track

Over the course of their residency training, residents participate in a comprehensive educational curriculum that emphasizes achieving complete competence in general internal medicine, while allowing for ample experience in all internal medicine subspecialties.

We utilize an integrated educational program that includes core didactics delivered at each of the Emory-affiliated hospitals with a group of strategically placed layered programs that reinforce the achievement of the key clinical skills in internal medicine. In addition, we provide high-level training curricula that focus on leadership, teaching, communication, evidence-based medicine, procedural competence, performance improvement and transitions of care.

Including continuity clinic, when averaged across the three years, residents spend approximately 40 percent of their time at Grady Memorial Hospital, with the remaining time distributed across our other sites.

Ambulatory Experience

The outpatient ambulatory experience is a cornerstone of Emory's residency training program. All residents in our Categorical and Primary Care Tracks have continuity clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, where they serve as primary care provider for their own cohort of patients throughout their three years of training.

Each of our residents is assigned to a Clinic House [Link to the legacy area], named for an esteemed physician who has contributed to the legacy of our program. Within each House, each resident is a member of a Clinic Trio comprised of a PGY-1, 2, and 3, all precepted by the same Faculty Trio Lead. Through this structure, our residents enjoy a low 1:3 faculty-to-resident ratio that allows for individualized learning and longitudinal faculty and peer mentorship.

Our program employs an innovative "Full Day clinic model" that separates the inpatient and outpatient experiences. Rather than the traditional 1/2 day of clinic weekly, our interns have two full days of clinic every month. Supervising residents on ward teams have one full day of clinic a month. On assigned clinic days, our residents fully immerse themselves in the outpatient clinic experience, and do not pre-round on ward patients or engage with inpatient obligations. Clinic days are deliberately scheduled to avoid long call days, so that the full ward team is intact on the days when residents are most invested in inpatient work. During subspecialty and ambulatory months, all residents have four full days of continuity clinic for the month.

In contrast to the X+Y systems other residency programs employ, the Full Day clinic model allows our residents to have primary responsibility for a core panel of patients, rather than sharing responsibility among a group of residents. Our patients identify their residents as their primary care provider, which we believe is a fundamental experience in progressing towards independent practice. Additionally, the Full Day clinic model affords a larger degree of scheduling flexibility, to facilitate our residents' attendance at family events, weddings, national meetings, and other important events.

Find out more about how our residents are making a difference in the ambulatory setting:

Categorical Program

The Emory Categorical residency track seeks to attract residents who are interested in becoming excellent clinicians and future leaders in medicine. The primary goal of the Categorical track at Emory is to produce outstanding internists, many of whom will enter professional careers in general internal medicine, hospital medicine or research, as well as prepare others for further subspecialty medicine fellowship training.

The J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program utilizes a standardized set of experiential clinical rotations over 36 months (3 years), as well as frequent and timely educational and scholarly mentoring by our outstanding residency leadership and clinical faculty to ensure our residents gain the necessary clinical skills and scholarship during their training.

Thousands of graduates from the Categorical track currently practice across the country and around the world in diverse careers spanning academic practice, community practice, hospital medicine, international health, research and subspecialty practices in all the major medicine subspecialties.

PGY-1 Year: Foundational Clinical Experiences

Interns in our program are immersed in patient care through diverse clinical experiences in our four hospital system. Through ward, ICU, and consult experiences, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, our interns acquire a robust core knowledge base and skill set, and establish a framework for a rational, systematic approach to the care of internal medicine patients.

Rotations include: - 6 Inpatient Medicine Wards
- 2 Subspecialty Consultation or Subspecialty Outpatient Months
- 2 Ambulatory Months
- 1 Cardiology Month
- 1 ICU month

PGY-2 Year: Subspecialty Practice and Scholarship

The second year is designed for our residents to gain a deeper understanding of the medical subspecialties, including intensive tertiary and quaternary experiences afforded by our institution such as Heart Failure, MICU, specialized HIV care, and many others. In this year, our residents also refine their procedural skills, take steps towards leadership on wards teams and consultative services, and begin tailoring their training towards their career goals, including options for research, global health, and other scholarship opportunities.

Rotations include: - 2 Inpatient Medicine Wards
- 2 ICU Months
- 2 Elective/Research Months
- 2 Ambulatory Months
- 1 Subspecialty Consultation or Subspecialty Outpatient Month
- 1 Month of Nightfloat
- 1 Month of CCU, Heart Failure, or specialized HIV care
- 2-week experiences on Emergency Medicine, General Medicine Consults

PGY-3 Year: Leadership, Preparation for Independent Practice, and Beyond

The third year of our program is designed for our residents to consolidate their leadership, supervisory, and teaching skills and prepare for the next steps in their career. At this point in their residency training, many of our residents are preparing scholarly work for publication or traveling to present their work at national meetings. While the overall schedule is similar to the PGY-2 year, senior residents are strategically placed at sites that promote increasing autonomy and responsibility for patient care and team leadership.

Rotations include: - 2 Inpatient Medicine Wards
- 2 ICU Months
- 2 Subspecialty Consultation or Subspecialty Outpatient Months
- 1 Elective/Research Month
- 1 Neurology Month
- 1 Ambulatory Month
- 1 Geriatrics Month
- 1 Month of CCU, Heart Failure, or specialized HIV care
- 2-week experiences on Emergency Medicine and Nightfloat

Primary Care Program

Our Primary Care Residency Track is a three-year program led by Stacy Higgins, MD, FACP.

The goal of the Emory University primary care residency track is to produce outstanding general internists preparing for professional careers in academic medicine and primary care.

Residents in our Primary Care Track have eight additional ambulatory blocks and one block of Geriatrics.

The approach to learning in the primary care track is one of collaboration. With the family feel of a smaller program within a larger academic program, the primary care residents rotate through their ambulatory months together as a class, learning from each other and forming close relationships. The primary care residents also engage regularly in community service, actively connecting with the patients they serve both in and out of the hospital.

Participation in scholarly activity is a fundamental component of the Primary Care Track. Residents attend the Society of General Internal Medicine national meeting and are frequent contributors to the annual program, highlighting their work in initiatives that improve primary care, preventive measures, and treatment services for patients. Click here for a look at our primary care residents in action at the 2017 SGIM annual meeting!

More than 100 graduates from the Emory University primary care track currently practice across the country in a variety of diverse careers.

ABIM Research Pathway (Clinician-Scientist Research Track)

The Emory University School of Medicine has maintained a remarkable research trajectory over the past 20 years. We have consistently been one of the fastest growing research institutions among NIH awardees, with over $570M in research funding awarded in 2016; $105M of that funding was awarded to faculty in the Department of Medicine.

We have a large and diverse clinical and research faculty that collaborates with several other local research institutions such as Centers for Disease Control, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Rollins School of Public Health among others to further cutting edge research. In addition, since 1997, medical researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine have collaborated with the engineering faculty at Georgia Tech to develop a joint biomedical engineering program ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Clinician-Scientist Research Track program is an ABIM-approved pathway geared towards providing protected research training for Internal Medicine residents. Residents who choose this pathway will complete a standardized two-year training curriculum in Internal Medicine and transition into a research pathway in their pre-identified subspecialty. Emory’s Research Track trainees have been highly successful in their respective fields and have continued to contribute to the program throughout their careers.

One of the major missions of the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency training program at Emory University is to train the future leaders in academic medicine. Our Clinician Scientist Research Track Program is a direct investment in that goal. To this end, this program is recommended for applicants who intend to pursue a career in academics and research. A background in basic or clinical research is highly encouraged. Additionally, at least one letter of recommendation from a previous research mentor as part of your application.


Emory’s Research Track gives you the opportunity to refine your clinical skills through 24 months of accredited categorical internal medicine training as well as dedicated and protected research time in an environment geared towards your academic success.

PGY-1 schedules are identical to the categorical PGY-1 schedule, including the following: - 6 Inpatient Medicine Wards
- 2 Subspecialty Consultation or Subspecialty Outpatient Months
- 2 Ambulatory Months
- 1 Cardiology Month
- 1 ICU month

The PGY-2 year offers consolidated internal medicine training to allow additional research time in the PGY-3 or subspecialty training years: - 4 Inpatient Medicine Wards
- 2 ICU Months
- 2 Months of CCU, Heart Failure, or specialized HIV care
- 1 Subspecialty Consultation or Subspecialty Outpatient Month
- 1 Ambulatory Month
- 1 Neurology Month
- 2-week experiences on Nightfloat and Emergency Medicine

For additional questions, or to discuss whether the Clinician-Scientist Research Track is right for you, we highly encourage you to contact us. Please reach out to our research track director, Dr. Vin Tangpricha, at if you need guidance through the process of application and interview.

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