What Makes Us Special?

“Perhaps most importantly as I reflect on my time in residency, I was involved in change in a fundamental way. As national accreditation requirements shift, technology evolves, and new practice models are explored, PPMC is at the forefront of transparently exploring the benefits of change. Because of the size of the program and the dedicated way residents are incorporated into the decision-making process, all residents truly influence change in a meaningful way. That decision-making has proven much more fundamental to how I have grown – as a husband, father, teacher, clinician, and now medical director – than any medical knowledge I acquired.”

-Craig Riley, MD Class of 2014
Hospitalist-Vancouver Clinic Medical Director
Part-time General Medicine Faculty at PPMC

Mission statement: "The mission of the Providence Portland Internal Medicine Residency is to help our residents define and reach their maximum professional and personal potential" 

To achieve this vision, our curriculum emphasizes mentorship, role modeling and rigorous clinical experiences that balance clinical exposure to outpatient general medicine, inpatient medicine and internal medicine subspecialties with understanding of the health care system, evidence based medicine and quality improvement. 

Our residents' careers testify to the success in this quest.

Balanced support for all paths

  • General medicine-Our rich continuity clinic experience with a diverse patient population has successfully led our graduates to practice in different primary care models, home care, and geriatrics
  • Hospitalists-Our graduates have become hospitalists in multiple different systems, from small rural centers, where they may be the only internist on-site to large urban centers, collaborating with many different subspecialties
  • Subspecialty-Our residents are successful in obtaining fellowship in various specialties, pursuing careers in clinical practices, academics, and research. Many have stayed in Portland or returned after their fellowship training.
  • Global Health-Our graduates have taken paths leading to different countries, most recently in Peru, Malawi, and Haiti
  • Leadership-Many of our graduates take roles as medical director of their clinic, hospitalist group, or quality, as well as regional and national roles
  • Educators-The culture of learning inspires our residents to seek careers that include teaching, whether it be a formal faculty role or precepting with medical students

Mentorship

Our core faculty’s principal focus is on our residents.

  • Low resident to faculty ratio-We have 20 core faculty for our 31 residents—an exceptionally rich commitment
  • Structured mentorship-Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor throughout their residency. Residents may opt into a second mentorship experience to focus on specific areas of growth such as efficiency in patient care or preparing for the Boards
  • Informal mentorship-As the sole residency at our institution, our residents work directly with the faculty 1:1 on the wards, in the clinic and on subspecialties. This provides many chances to get to personally know the academic faculty who, in turn, can assist you in achieving your educational and career goals
  • Career planning-We provide ongoing structured curriculum to help residents along their career decision process, such as help in fellowship applications, CV development, and interviewing skills
  • Personal and professional growth curriculum-Residents learn skills in maintaining wellness and resiliency both during residency and beyond

Curriculum

Special curricular features that will uniquely enhance your education

  • Unique progressive responsibility structure on the wards-R2’s will spend their initial rotations working 1:1 with a hospitalist, without supervising an intern. This lets them focus on their own learning and management of their patients. They progress to teams with 1 intern, then by R3 year will progress to 2-intern teams, and managing close to a hospitalist census
  • Longitudinal quality improvement curriculum
  • Procedure rotation 
  • Longitudinal evidence-based medicine curriculum
  • Week-long theme based, small group noon conferences 
  • Collaborative learning opportunities with faculty mentors
  • Individualized faculty mentoring 
  • Rich academic environment –obtaining skills in life-long learning
  • Presentations at regional/national meetings 
  • Individualized curriculum to target career goals
  • Personal and professional growth curriculum
  • Learning labs during the integrated ambulatory rotations