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The Medical Firms

The Department's inpatient medicine services are organized around the 4 medical firms. Named after leading educators from the Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals, the firms have been in place for nearly 30 years. 

Each house officer is assigned to a firm for the duration of their training. The firm is led by a Firm Chief, Associate Firm Chief, and Chief Medical Resident; this group organizes teaching on the firm, social events, and provides mentorship and feedback.  The firm leadership is comprised of physicians representing multiple BIDMC divisions including, general medicine and primary care, infectious disease, gastroenterology, hepatology, rheumatology, hematology and oncology.  At the start of an intern's tenure in our program, he or she is matched with a Firm Chief or Associate Firm Chief, who will serve as a mentor and assist with career development throughout internship and residency. 

The Firms each have geographical homes on the wards. When on a general medicine ward rotation, a house officer will practice on the same floor and work with the same team of nurses, case managers, and staff. They will work with other residents and interns on the same firm, and each week they will attend Firm Conference, an opportunity to discuss recent cases on the wards, led by the Firm Chief and Associate Firm Chief.  In this way, a smaller group of residents and housestaff get to know each other very well. On all other rotations (ambulatory, ICU, cardiology, oncology, electives, etc), residents work with interns and residents from other firms.   

The Firms and Firm Chiefs:

Blumgart Firm: Named for Hermann Blumgart, former Physician in Chief of Beth Israel Hospital

Firm Chief: Wendy Stead, MD
Firm Chief: William Aird, MD

Kurland Firm: Named for George Kurland, former Cardiologist at Beth Israel Hospital

Firm Chief: James Heffernan, MD, MPH
Associate Firm Chief: John Doweiko, MD

Robinson Firm: Named for Stephen Robinson, former Hematologist at BIDMC

Firm Chief:  Robert Shmerling, MD
Associate Firm Chief: John Butter, MD

Tullis Firm: Named for James Tullis, former Chairman and Physician in Chief at Deaconess Hospital

Firm Chief:  Sanjiv Chopra, MD
Associate Firm Chief: Deepa Rangachari, MD 

Contact Information

Residency Training Program
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Deaconess Building, Suite 306
One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215