Internal Medicine Residency

Welcome from Dr. Barton


Todd Barton, M.D.

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine training programs at the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center enjoys a rich history of leadership in academic and clinical medicine. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine was established in 1765 as the nation's first school of medicine. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was built in 1874 as the nation's first hospital devoted to medical education. Our heritage is the cornerstone for our future and the legacy which supports our pursuit of the highest standards in education, research and patient care. For almost 250 years, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and our Department of Medicine have continued to train the future leaders of American medicine. The Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has had a long-standing commitment to excellence in postgraduate medical education. The faculty in the Department of Medicine includes over 450 full-time standing faculty and 150 fellows representing all of the specialties of Internal Medicine.

The philosophy of our training program is to provide a core curriculum designed to promote the acquisition of basic clinical competencies in internal medicine with subsequent tailoring of educational experiences to meet the individual and distinctive career objectives of our trainees. The program is designed to foster excellence in clinical skills and teaching, to promote basic science and clinical research, and to develop future academic opportunities for our trainees. The unique blend of trainee excellence, well-developed clinical and research programs in each of the subspecialties of Internal Medicine, extraordinarily rich clinical and research resources of the Medical Center and University on a single campus, and an attitude of interdisciplinary cooperation throughout the institution, create an overall environment that fosters an exciting and enjoyable learning experience.

The Internal Medicine Training Program is based predominantly at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), but includes rotations at our nearby affiliated institutions, the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PMC). All sites are within easy walking distance; a shuttle service is also available. All of the above sites feature excellent clinical facilities and access to a large and diverse population of patients. As part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the clinical service is sustained by a strong referral base provided by our Clinical Care Associates (Penn's primary care network) combined with a large local community that uses our teaching hospitals for primary as well as secondary and tertiary care.

The training opportunities offered by the Department of Medicine include:

1. A three year categorical program with the option to enter the Health Care Quality and Leadership Track, Global Health Equities Track or Medical Education Track after the first year for individuals wishing to pursue advanced training in those areas.

2. A two-year Physician Scientist Program with the option to enter the ABIM Research Pathway after two years.

3. A three-year Primary Care Program offering additional outpatient experience with inpatient rotations that are completely integrated with the categorical program.

4. A four year Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program sponsored jointly by Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

5. A five year Internal Medicine-Dermatology Program sponsored jointly by the Department of Medicine and the Department of Dermatology.

We are personally committed to working with each of you to develop an individual training experience that allows you to attain your personal career objectives. The combination of a diverse patient population, an outstanding and dedicated faculty, and a strong research institution provides residents in our program with the necessary ingredients for a rich and diverse educational experience. We invite you to submit an application to the University of Pennsylvania through ERAS.