Medical Education

patient getting his elbow checkedLahey is a leading center for educating new physicians. The Department of General Internal Medicine (Primary Care) provides medical training for medical students and residents.

Many Primary Care physicians are on the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine, while others hold teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School. This emphasis on learning and up-to-date knowledge ultimately translates into enhanced patient care.

Medical Students

As one of the main teaching hospitals of Tufts University School of Medicine, Lahey offers supervised practical experience for medical students. During a three-month “clerkship,” third-year medical students rotate through Primary Care as well as internal medicine subspecialties, such as cardiology, endocrinology and palliative care. Medical students are teamed with staff physicians and more senior physicians in training.

During an appointment, you may be introduced to a medical student who, with your permission, will take your medical history and conduct a brief physical exam. You would, of course, also be seen by the supervising physician working with that medical student.

Internal Medicine Residents

Medical residents are physicians who have graduated from medical school and are now training in a clinical specialty. Our internal medicine residents take care of patients as part of our team in the General Internal Medicine practice. As members of this team, resident physicians care for patients under the supervision of staff physicians.

Residents also work with Primary Care attendings and hospitalists in the hospital during their ward rotations.

Lahey’s Internal Medicine Residency program attracts outstanding young physicians who help ensure patients receive the best care possible.