Internal Medicine Residency Hospital Medicine Pathway

The Hospital Medicine Pathway (HMP) is designed to train outstanding resident clinicians with a passion for hospital medicine. In addition to the residency curriculum, our goal is to develop hospital system architects and leaders in quality improvement, patient safety, high-value care, and the business of medicine.

The HMP provides an enhancement to the core Wake Forest Baptist Health Internal Medicine education. The HMP is available to all Wake Forest Baptist Health Internal Medicine residents entering their second or third year, regardless of their future career plans. You will be part of a select group of residents from across the U.S. as there currently are only approximately 11 Hospital Medicine training pathways.

Those residents accepted to the HMP will have a unique learning opportunity through inpatient rotations, monthly lectures, mentorship and social outings with hospital medicine faculty and leadership. Additionally, in the past each of our residents have been provided resident memberships to our local Society of Hospital Medicine chapter. At the completion of the program, the residents will be prepared to be excellent leaders and educators in hospital medicine or the subspecialty that they choose.

Training Structure

We currently have a one-year pathway with a longitudinal curriculum completed in the third year. Those residents who are interested are encouraged to apply at the end of their first year or the end of their second year. These two options provide flexibility and time to those residents who are unsure of their future career plans at the end of their first year.

Residents who join the pathway at the end of their first year will be paired with their Hospital Medicine mentor at that time. They are encouraged to use the additional time during their second year for mentorship and scholarly activity.

Those interested should contact the director of the Hospital Medicine Training Pathway, Jacqueline Lippert, MD.

The core faculty of the HMP include WFBH Hospitalists Chi-Cheung Huang, MD, SFHM, FACP William Lippert, MD, MPHSuma Menon, MBBS; and Richard Vestal, MD.

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Pathway Curriculum

The core curriculum of this pathway will be presented in a monthly lecture series. Some of the topics for these lectures include:

  • Professional development
    • CV workshop, contract negotiations, mock interviews, etc.
  • Practice of hospital medicine
    • Hospital Medicine Practicum (General Medicine E service) focused on developing autonomy, efficiency, and caring for medically complex patients
    • Healthcare Economics
      • Coding and inpatient billing
  • QI and Process Improvement

In addition to the core lecture series, each resident will be paired with a hospital medicine faculty mentor of their choice. These partnerships will help guide the mentee through the pathway and provide valuable insight into the inner workings of hospital medicine.

Lastly, the pathway holds various social events to allow for residents and faculty to meet in a casual setting and promote wellness.