Below are some testimonials from former house officers about their experiences in the Tufts Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program:
Ali Duarte, MD, MS
Rheumatologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic
“Tufts strikes the perfect balance between program size, autonomy and support. As a resident I took care of highly complex patients, always with the backup of the fellows and attendings. This access to diverse patients, both in background and complexity within a subspecialty system allowed me to have unparalleled training from outstanding clinicians and leaders in their respective fields. This coupled to unequaled camaraderie makes Tufts a special place. This certainly has served me well as a rheumatologist treating patients with systemic conditions.
I remember being residency as one of the greatest experiences of my life and a time of huge personal and professional growth. I got the MD title from my medical school, but I became a physician at Tufts.”
Jennifer Kim, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University
"The Tufts Internal Medicine residency program is a special place. Not only for the many reasons you can read about on the website like the sub-specialty focused inpatient services (loved that), but most of all because of the people. Tufts is a collegial, supportive, fun academic environment with attentive, dedicated program leadership and teaching attendings. I really appreciated the clinical wisdom you can tap into when you know so many primary care and sub-specialty attendings on a first-name basis. This does not occur in many places. Tufts is not a place where you don't know or see half of your residency class-- you get the feeling from day 1 that you're all in it together, that it's a team. I felt strongly enough about my training there that I stayed as chief resident to try to contribute to the positive experience for others. You can get great didactics in many academic teachings hospitals-- you certainly won't be lacking that at Tufts-- but what you won't get at many places is the "feel" and strong community that Tufts has. I didn't quite realize how important this was to my training until I got to it, but it makes all the difference when you're working hard with and learning from people you like, people who are there to help you as much as you are there to help the patients. "
S. Ali Husain, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and Associate Program Director for Nephrology
"The internal medicine residency program at Tufts was an amazing place to train. The subspecialty system is an ideal way to master the evaluation and management of complex diseases to develop a strong, broad foundation of knowledge. Each rotation allowed me to learn directly from an expert in the field, leading me to turn topics that I previously struggled with into true strengths. This system allowed me to confirm my interest in nephrology and identify mentors with whom I still keep in touch with today. The program size allowed me to develop close relationships with other trainees, program leadership, and many faculty members."
Kimberly Dowdell, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Virginia-Primary Care
"I loved my time at Tufts for residency. I came to Boston looking for a smaller more intimate program in a big city where I could really learn good general internal medicine. I found that program at Tufts. It was the perfect balance of being a 'community hospital' for the Chinatown/Theatre district and being a tertiary care center for other parts of Massachusetts. Ironically, I went into medicine thinking I'd specialize; but training in the subspecialty inpatient system made me realize I loved each specialty equally, ultimately helping me realize my true passion was in general medicine/primary care. My colleagues who went on to specialize found that the subspecialty system allowed for greater access to subspecialty attendings and found mentorship and research projects easily through the relationships that developed while on wards together. I can't say enough about the faculty at Tufts - each was engaged teacher and I learned so much from my time there. The unique and diverse patient population however were the ultimate teachers - whether it was a simple general medicine case or a complicated MICU admission the exposure to a socially, culturally, and economically diverse patient population helped me develop into the primary care physician I am today."
Jessie Fields, MD
Primary care at Jefferson Health
"Since completing residency; I have been working as a general internist, in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, at a hospital just outside of Philadelphia. As I reflect on my first year as an attending, I am very grateful for the training I received from Tufts. The strong emphasis on medicine subspecialties at Tufts has given me a breadth of experience that I rely on daily and really has helped me to be more confident in my decision making as a young attending, especially in complex situations in the hospital. The ambulatory training in the general medicine clinic at Tufts allowed me to walk into my outpatient practice feeling comfortable from day one. Obviously I continue to learn and grow each day, but I couldn't be happier with the foundation that Tufts helped me build."
Urvi Shah, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
“As I look back at my time in residency training, I remember it fondly as a period of significant learning and growth. The Tufts Internal Medicine Residency Program is unique in many ways and offers the full depth and breadth of training needed to succeed in a primary care, hospitalist or subspecialty career. The subspecialty focused inpatient services at Tufts allow residents to focus on one subspecialty at a time and learn from that expert while also being given the independence to manage the rest of their patient’s medical comorbidities with plenty of hands on and procedural experience. One of the highlights of the training program for me was the daily morning report where a resident presented a challenging case and the residents problem solved together to come to a diagnosis. Given its affiliation with Tufts Medical School, there were many occasions to teach medical students both in small group sessions during their formal curriculum as well as clinically on the inpatient rounds. Many of the Tufts faculty are world renowned providing ample research opportunities as well. The program leadership has created a very collegial environment and prefer that residents address them on a first name basis. The medium size of the residency class allowed for us to develop long lasting friendships and connections. Over the years, I have interacted with graduates from many other programs and I have come to appreciate the training at Tufts even more. Many other residencies suffer from issues of being too small without enough of the rare, complicated cases that are seen in a tertiary referral hospital or being too large with predominantly hospitalist or fellow run services. Often these residents do not get to be clinically independent in residency leaving a lot of their learning to their first jobs post training. Tufts offers the right balance of independence vs mentorship/guidance in clinical decision making and complicated tertiary care cases vs simpler primary care cases. For all these reasons, Tufts has undoubtedly been a great place for me to train and this strong foundation in my medical knowledge has served me well in my hematology oncology career.”
Liana Falcone, MD
Montreal Clinical Research Institute
“After my residency I went on to complete Infectious Diseases (ID) fellowship training within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)and subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge while continuing my research at the NIH. None of this would have been possible without the fundamental clinical training and perspective that I obtained during my residency at Tufts Medical Center. The Internal Medicine program not only provided me with top notch clinical training in a collegial subspecialty-based program, but it also provided me with the support necessary to pursue my research endeavors. This support, coupled with the program’s access to outstanding specialized physicians, renowned investigators, and superior clinical research expertise, allowed me to maintain a well-rounded and competitive portfolio, which ultimately provided me with my pick of top tiered ID fellowship programs."
Ross Okimoto, MD
Clinical Instructor at University of California San Francisco in the Division of Hematology/Oncology
"One of the unique aspects of Internal Medicine training at Tufts Medical Center is the sub-specialty system, which allows house staff to gain detailed knowledge from board certified attendings who are specialized in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology and Oncology, etc. This approach provided me with the opportunity to train under renowned Oncologists and Malignant Hematologists prior to my fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology.
Training under sub-specialists not only provided me with a solid foundation to succeed in these increasingly specialized fields but also provided me with the unique opportunity to experience Bone Marrow Transplant Medicine, which is a rarity among house staff at other academic institutions."
Seema Mehta, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Director in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"It wasn’t until entering my fellowship in Infectious Diseases that I fully realized the overwhelming benefits and advantages of having been trained at Tufts. I feel that the bedside teaching and hands-on patient care at Tufts far exceeds what I have seen and heard from house staff at other institutions. The acuity and high complexity of patients I cared for while at Tufts definitely more than adequately prepared me for the patients I have seen during fellowship. Additionally, the “Residents As Teacher” curriculum provided me with the tools and skills necessary to teach house staff as a fellow. This curriculum gave me the poise and composure to teach house staff, for which I was selected for a teaching award as a fellow.
Another benefit of being at Tufts is staying at one hospital for the majority of residency. I personally loved the relationships I was able to develop with my colleagues and the nurses. This bond was like a family and we were able to support each other throughout residency, something that I have not seen at other institutions. Not only does Tufts prepare you for a career in medicine, but they also were tremendously supportive and instrumental in me securing my top choice for fellowship. They were very supportive to all their residents in finding a position, whether it was with Tufts itself or across the country. I have never heard others tell me that they had that kind of support from their training program. I still call Tufts my East Coast Home because of the amazing people and training I received. Having trained as a fellow now on the west coast and encountering people from residency programs across the country, I can without doubt say that I would not trade my experience at Tufts for anywhere else. Who I am now as a physician is a reflection of the people at Tufts and their dedication to teaching and being great clinicians and clinical scientists."
Roxanne Wadia, MD
Oncologist and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine
"I now look back and could not be happier in my decision to do my residency at Tufts. The first thing that I tell everyone about my residency is how close-knit our residency is; as it is a relatively small program without any preliminary interns, you are with the same group of people for 3 years and you get to know them very well. Additionally- we get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are able to help and teach each other. I always knew that if I really needed help that I had co-residents that I knew would not only help me, but help make me a better doctor. The second aspect of my residency that strikes me as I complete my fellowship is how "resident-run" the program at Tufts is. You really are the leader of your team- you are responsible for patient care, intern and medical student teaching and making sure rounds run smoothly. You have attendings and fellows for support but as the resident you really are in charge of the daily decisions.
As someone who knew I was going to subspecialize when I entered residency, the subspecialty teams really fit with the way I learn and think about medicine. You are able to more or less focus on an organ system and disease processes and learn from the experts in that field. By the end of each subspecialty rotation, not only do you have a better understanding of that field as a resident, but you have the opportunity to understand what it would mean to subspecialize in that field. By working directly with the subspecialty attendings, you also have the opportunity to get involved with their research projects.
Tufts was a hands-on internal medicine residency program, and I think this is something that is really appreciated as you move forward in your medical career. I feel that a lot of my success as a fellow and in my future career will be due to the skills- both clinical and otherwise that I learned during my residency."