Junior Year

Residents make an important transition this year, as they become the leaders of an inpatient service. The goals of the second year include developing time management and supervisory skills, making primary management decisions with less immediate supervision, honing procedural skills and accepting more responsibility for the education of the students and interns on their services.


The focus of the Junior resident on the ward services is to teach and lead your team. Second year residents also run the intensive care units, with the assistance of the critical care and cardiology fellows and the attending physicians, and serve as the "Code Resident". More time is dedicated to the outpatient clinics and to elective time to provide residents with the opportunity to explore and or solidify research projects for personal and professional growth.


In a unique 1-week course focusing on health systems and public health residents attend an intensive group of workshops moderated by national leaders on subjects such as general health care policy, negotiating contracts, creating resumes and practicing medicine in the managed care environment.

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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