Vanderbilt Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program Description & Program Aims

Program Description:

The Vanderbilt Internal Medicine – Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Program prepares residents to be exceptional generalists for independent practice in the care of both children and adults. Following this training, residents enter careers as inpatient and/or outpatient generalists, or they seek further subspecialty training for adults, children, or both. We do not have an expected career phenotype for the graduates of our program, but rather believe that diversity in our residents’ career choices enriches our program’s learning environment. The character phenotype for our program is clinical excellence, academic excellence, effective leadership development and kindness.  Our curriculum is designed to promote these traits.

Over the past 10 years, 70% of our graduates have developed careers in academic medical centers as clinician educators or physician scientists. Others hold leadership roles as clinicians in their communities, at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in state health departments, and at global health sites. Our med-peds faculty mirror the diversity in the resident career choices. Our med-peds primary care faculty includes experts in primary care, acute outpatient and inpatient care, palliative care, integrative health, sports medicine, informatics, health services research, quality and implementation science.

Our residents are structurally and culturally well-integrated into both parent programs. The Vanderbilt Internal Medicine and Vanderbilt Pediatric Programs have rich clinical experiences with robust clinical volume, and significant exposure to all types of patients with common problems, complex clinical scenarios, and rare diagnoses.

Our med-peds program identity is fostered through two uniquely med-peds curricular components: the combined med-peds clinic and the med-peds weekly education conference.

Program aims:

  • To provide exceptional clinical training in internal medicine and pediatrics that is patient-centered and addresses health across the continuum of the lifespan, which prepares residents for independent practice in the care of children and adults
  • To promote and expect academic and clinical excellence
  • To provide opportunities for scholarly inquiry and scholarship by providing resources, mentorship and an environment of intellectual curiosity
  • To promote excellence in teaching (for patients/students/colleagues)
  • To promote leadership development
  • To create a culture of support, caring and wellness for residents and faculty
  • To foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion for residents and faculty
  • To promote professionalism and integrity for interactions with patients, staff, colleagues, and the community
  • To promote awareness and engagement of the community and the role of the community in health

Created as part of the ACGME Self-Study May 2017