Internal Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
The clinical experience of the Georgetown residency program provides a unique balance that includes our tertiary referral center, community hospitals, the Veterans Administration Hospital, as well as inpatient clinical research exposure at the National Institutes of Health. The multiple sites allow our residents to learn different health care systems which provides an advantage when starting a career post residency.
Virginia Hospital Center (VHC)
VHC has been a part of our residency training program since the 1940’s. This hospital, which draws from the diverse local area directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown, serves the community of Northern Virginia which includes a large immigrant population. The hospital has an 18-bed combined ICU/CCU with full support staff and facilities. Residents on the general medicine service treat common diseases prevalent in the local community. The attending staff are experienced physicians with a longstanding commitment to teaching. VHC is a core clinical teaching site for our medical students who rotate with us on the wards. House staff at VHC lead clinical teams, supervise learners, present at morning report sessions, and lead journal club sessions. The teaching service is organized by one full-time faculty member and two faculty members who spend approximately 50% of their clinical time entirely dedicated to the teaching program. The faculty includes an ambulatory care coordinator who also arranges ambulatory community-based experience for students and residents, including an elective in women’s health, an outpatient HIV clinic and experiences in public health. Virginia Hospital Center is one of three sites for our residents’ continuity practice.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, long affiliated with Georgetown, provides a large inner-city hospital-based experience through all three years of the residency program. Residents in their first year of training rotate through one of the inpatient services for one month. In addition, second and third year residents spend additional time as leaders on these inpatient services as well as a portion of their geriatrics rotation. A wide variety of medical problems, ranging from uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes to rarer disorders, are managed by the house officer in primary care, firm-based clinics-including an active Women’s Health clinic. Attending rounds are held each weekday, as are lectures and conferences. Residents also have the option to involve themselves in a variety of outpatient elective services.
Washington Hospital Center (WHC)
WHC is our clinical affiliate in the Medstar health system. WHC serves more than 200,000 patients annually, and has a reputation for excellence in many areas including cardiac care, endocrinology, women’s health and burn care. Georgetown interns and residents rotate through a busy CCU service every month. Second and third year residents also can rotate through an advanced heart failure elective. On this rotation, the resident will learn about advanced medical management of heart failure, LVAD therapy, and heart transplant. The resident will take consults as well as manage patients directly on this service.
National Institutes of Health
Third year residents can do a month long rotation through the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH (NIAID). The residents see a variety of rare cases and under the guidance of experts in the field, manage these on an inpatient service. Dr. Anthony Fauci routinely comes by for rounds and sometimes is the primary attending on service. The rotation opens up possibilities for further career development in the many fellowships available there. Several sub-specialty divisions at the University combine fellowship experience with the NIH.