Training at Columbia

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Columbia University Medical Center is committed to providing an unparalleled training experience to students, residents and fellows in an atmosphere that fosters excellence in research, education and clinical care. This is clearly demonstrated by a look at the program's history.


The Presbyterian Hospital was founded in 1868, and it entered into a permanent alliance with Columbia University in 1921. This union culminated in 1928 as the country's first academic medical center established its current location in Washington Heights. Since 1928, our program has graduated nearly 2,000 physicians, many of whom are now leaders in their respective fields. Under the affiliation agreement, the members of the hospital's medical staff hold appointments as faculty in the Department of Medicine.


New York Presbyterian is the primary teaching hospital for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. On January 1, 1998, The Presbyterian Hospital announced its merger with New York Hospital, creating New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell.


The Medical House Staff Training Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center is a renowned 3 year program combining an extensive inpatient and outpatient training experience, research opportunities, peer teaching and career development. We train knowledgeable, skilled, empathic and dedicated physicians in a challenging, exciting and cutting-edge environment. Straddling the challenges of primary and tertiary health care, we serve both a disadvantaged patient population and a national and international referral community. Our graduates become superior clinicians, socially active individuals, esteemed academicians and published researchers. We take great pride in our residents' great success in each of these fields.


Our house officers rotate on general medicine ward services and subspecialty inpatient services, including Oncology, Malignant Hematology, Cardiology, and Infectious Diseases. Attending rounds occur on a daily basis and encompass discussion of individual patient management, literature review and, of course, presentation of new admissions.

At present, the Department offers two tracks within the training program: the Generalist/Primary Care Pathway and the Clinician-Scientist Training Pathway.  Residents in all Tracks engage in a similar core experience and receive equally rigorous and similarly structured training as those in the Categorical Program.

From Our Residents

Residency at Columbia has given me the opportunity to be part of a system that welcomes diversity and quickly makes you feel at home. It has certainly been a privilege to work in a setting that fosters underserved communities and mediates exposure to treat a wide array of disease in a challenging learning environment driven towards growth as well-rounded physicians while providing high quality patient care.

- Dennis De León, MD 


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