Career Choices

The University of Washington's Medicine Residency program recognizes the difficult decision applicants face when deliberating between programs and tracks. It is our philosophy that residents in all our tracks need to learn primary care and to be excellent internists. The program understands that residents may change their career plans, and thus they can achieve a variety of goals from any track. One of the benefits of a program with unified leadership is our ability to provide a multitude of electives for all residents in their second and third year of training. This flexibility allows residents to modify their plans to meet their career goals. Residents are therefore able to have experiences working in a variety of fields prior to selecting a career path. Our housestaff are highly competitive for positions after completing training, regardless of track. The following tables demonstrate that housestaff from all of our tracks choose to enter general internal medicine, academics, and subspecialty medicine. Each year, several residents opt to participate in the ABIM Clinician Investigator Pathway. The residency program supports this option. Residents who are interested are encouraged (but not required) to discuss their plans with one of our Program Directors so the program can assist with the application process. The only scheduling difference between this pathway and our other tracks is the elimination of any dedicated research rotations due to ABIM recommendations.

Where Do Residents End Up?

Career Choices

 
% Graduates in General Internal Medicine*
Seattle Categorical Track
~30%
Primary Care Track
~70%
Boise Categorical Track
~75%
*General internists in rural areas often provide specialist care/procedures.

Fellowship Placement, 2004-2008

Cardiology
Cleveland Clinic, 2
Texas Heart Institute, 1
UC Davis, 2
UC Irvine, 1
UCSD, 1
UCSF, 1
University of Michigan, 2
University of Texas, 1
UW, 5

Endocrinology
UW, 2
Wisconsin-Madison, 1

Environmental/Occupational Medicine
UW, 1

Gastroenterology
OHSU, 1
UCSD, 1
University of Michigan, 1
University of New Mexico, 1
UW, 7

General Internal Medicine
Johns Hopkins, 1
Mass General Hospital, 1
VA Puget Sound, 1

General Internal Medicine ( RWJ)
UCSF, 1

Geriatrics
UW, 3

Hematology/Oncology
Duke, 1
Memorial Sloan Kettering, 1
OHSU, 1
University of Virginia, 1
UW, 10
Vanderbilt, 1

Infectious Diseases
Beth Israel, 1
NIH, 1
Stanford, 3
University of Utah, 1
UW, 4

Medical Informatics
Columbia, 1

Nephrology
UCSD, 1
UW, 6

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Boise VA, 3
Mt. Sinai, 1
UCSF, 1
UW, 9

Rheumatology
Cedars Sinai, 1
UW, 3
Yale, 1

Sports Medicine
UCLA, 1
Vanderbilt, 1