Who We Are
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School (HMS). Renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching, and community service and located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical area, BIDMC hosts nearly three quarters of a million patient visits annually in and around Boston.
Education is one of the most important missions of the medical center and the Department of Medicine. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at BIDMC is one of the top few programs in the country, attracting medical students from over 50 medical schools to fill its 158 positions. Our residents, who care for patients at BIDMC, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the West Roxbury Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and in the affiliated community health centers, work alongside renowned faculty members who are international leaders in their respective fields. We are proud to annually win more teaching awards than any other department at HMS, and we are proud that our world-famous faculty spend time teaching and mentoring Housestaff.
Our program leadership, under the direction of our Chief of Medicine, Dr. Mark Zeidel, and our program director, Dr. Christopher Smith, emphasizes mechanism-based learning while providing compassionate and comprehensive patient care, thereby enhancing opportunities for personal and career growth for our graduates-future clinicians, clinician-educators, and clinician-scientists alike. We expect our graduates to follow in their predecessors' footsteps and become leaders in internal medicine.
Residency Training Program