Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to questions most often asked by applicants interested in applying to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Georgetown University Hospital (GUH).


How many residents are in the program?

We have 87 categorical residents, 19 preliminary interns from MGUH’s anesthesiology and neurology categorical programs, 16 Med-Peds residents, and Chief Medical residents at Georgetown, Virginia Hospital Center, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

How do Georgetown residents do in the fellowship match?

Georgetown residents have tremendous success in securing competitive fellowships and are highly desired among Fellowship Directors. While many Georgetown residents match at Georgetown Fellowships, others pursue careers at other highly competitive programs throughout the country. 

Which EHR is used at Georgetown?

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where residents spend most of their residency time, our EHR is Cerner / MedConnect for both inpatient and ambulatory programs.  Virginia Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax both use EPIC. Our VA hospital uses VISTA. At the end of your training you will be able to adapt to any inpatient hospital EHR.

What are the “pros” of the residency program?

This section would be our most extensive, so we’ll try to keep it short. The superb faculty/house staff interactions, the diversity of clinical experiences, the outstanding quality of the residents, great location in Washington, DC, the opportunities for varied electives (national, international and local) and the responsiveness of the administration to resident concerns all stand out as highlights. Excellent ABIM pass rates, fellowship match results, and job placement are evidence of the commitment to top notch education, outstanding residents, and MedStar Georgetown’s reputation for graduating superb residents from the program.

What are the differences between Georgetown, Washington Hospital Center/GUH and MedStar?

Georgetown has a partnership with MedStar health, the largest health system in the MidAtlantic region. This team cares for 1 in 5 people in our region. MedStar, a non-profit large health system, includes ten-hospitals and many out patient practices. Our Medstar consortium has approximately 1,100 trainees across our system. The Medstar Georgetown University Hospital IM training program is located on the Georgetown University Campus in Washington, DC. There is a separate and excellent Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital / Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Residents from the Georgetown program rotate in Cardiology at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Are the patients at Georgetown “private” patients?

No.  All patients admitted to GUH Medicine have a designated attending of record. The vast majority of these patients (over 98%) are admitted to full-time, on site faculty.  Nearly 100% of the resident-managed patients (teaching service) are admitted to our full-time hospitalist service, and are essentially “service” patients. For every patient on the Medicine teaching service, the residents are the primary caretakers, manage the medical issues, have a high level of autonomy with appropriate supervision, and communicate with the attending physician (Georgetown is considered a “resident-run” hospital).

What are the advantages of rotating through the various hospitals in the Georgetown system?

Our affiliates add tremendous diversity (in terms of demographics, diseases, acuity, hospital size, location) to the program. The NIH offers a unique experience in rare diseases, research opportunities, and scientific leaders. Our Virginia affiliates offer patient diversity in the multicultural area of Northern Virginia. Washington Hospital Center offers superb cardiology experience within the MedStar system. The faculty members at all of our affiliates are tremendously loyal to Georgetown, and have been educating students and residents for as long as 60 years (VHC – Arlington). The majority of rotations (65-70%) are located at Georgetown University Hospital throughout all three years.

What about the cost of living in the DC area?

The opportunity to live in the Capital of the Free World is one that should not be missed. Living in DC is amazing. Although Washington, DC is not considered cheap, it is more than possible to live here on a resident salary. Many residents choose to live in less expensive areas within a few miles of DC (Arlington, VA / Rosslyn – just over Key Bridge / suburban Maryland) – these areas are easily accessible to Georgetown and all affiliates and significantly reduce housing costs.

Do I need a car?

Almost all of our residents do have a car. It is the easiest way to get around the DC metro area. Residents often work at hours where there is less traffic. Driving distances between our hospitals are no more than 12 miles. Nonetheless, with determination and a good understanding of the public transportation system, and utilizing the numerous hospital shuttles available to you, it is possible to navigate the residency program without a vehicle.

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