GIM/Primary Care - GIM Director's Message

Welcome to the General Internal Medicine Residency Program!

The mission of our GIM Residency is to provide a balance of ambulatory and inpatient educational experiences in order to foster the growth and development of the consummate generalist. Our program leadership believes that the exceptional generalist embodies the core values of medicine - medical knowledge, humanism, and professionalism - these are what we strive to develop in our trainees.

Created in 1979, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University General Internal Medicine Residency Program is one of the oldest primary care programs in the country. The goal was to develop a model internal medicine residency program with a primary care focus. We pride ourselves on innovation and believe that by continuing to change, we provide the best training in primary care possible. Our residency program allows a comprehensive ambulatory experience to begin in the first year. We use a multidisciplinary faculty to integrate the social and behavioral sciences, as well as medical ethics, into the fabric of postgraduate medical education continuing throughout residency.

A central mission of the hospitals, the General Medicine faculty and the Medical Primary Care Unit (MPCU) is to serve the underserved in our community. The residency is based in the Rhode Island Hospital Division of General Internal Medicine, the largest division in the department of medicine. Our residents develop close working relationships with division faculty who are leaders in primary care education, research and clinical practice. Throughout their training, residents receive regular evaluation and feedback, career guidance, and have an opportunity to contribute new and creative ideas in a highly receptive atmosphere. Our learning environment is one in which the values of collegiality and teamwork are paramount to providing outstanding patient care. We strive to improve the lives of our patients every day. In working toward this goal, we pride ourselves on having a non-hierarchical approach to patient care and education, one in which all members are valued. We also strive to learn something new every day and to have fun while practicing medicine. Our residents and our faculty embody this spirit.

We are exceptionally proud of our program graduates. They have gone on to make significant contributions to internal medicine, both in the US and abroad. Some have entered private internal medicine practice, fellowships in general internal medicine and subspecialties, and careers in public health, health administration and academic medicine. Many graduates have developed careers as clinician-educators (including becoming Program Directors!) and researchers. Others have gone on to serve vulnerable populations, including working for the Indian Health Services, at Community Health Centers as well as working in practices dedicated to the care of those affected by HIV. Our residents have matched in highly competitive fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in General Internal Medicine Fellowships throughout the US. Some have gone on to work with the Epidemiologic Intelligence Agency at the CDC, while others have worked internationally for several years after completing their training. Just as we are pleased by the careers of our graduates, we take pride in working to help you achieve your goals.

We hope you find the information on the website helpful and we welcome any feedback.

Kelly A. McGarry, MD
Program Director, GIM/Primary Care Residency