Internal Medicine Residency at Valleywise Health

A doctor and a resident checking on a patient

Our Philosophy

Our residency program in categorical Internal Medicine at Valleywise Health Medical Center is structured to train 17 categorical residents per year as clinically competent physicians, each of whom will function and excel in any internal medicine setting. Residents are given a great deal of autonomy and opportunity for hands-on procedural experience commensurate with skills and training. They will become proficient in procedures common to Internal Medicine:

  • Venous line placement
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Thoracentesis
  • Paracentesis
  • Large joint aspiration
  • And more

Paramedical personnel perform most ancillary procedures such as venipunctures, electrocardiograms, x-rays, venipuncture for peripheral IV access, arterial puncture for blood gas and scheduling tests. Residents write all orders and are fully responsible for patient management. Most hospitalized internal medicine patients are assigned to general medicine, cardiology, Hem/Onc or critical care teams consisting of one attending physician, residents and medical students.

Mission Statement

The mission of our program is to produce well-rounded physicians with a strong interest in providing care to a diverse and underserved patient population. As part of this process, our residents will receive training in health disparities, quality improvement, and the importance of scholarly activity.


Provide training that allows residents to be well-rounded physicians ready to start their choice of career. Training is focused on the care of the underserved with a goal of patient-centered care and reduction of health disparities. Each resident will participate in a faculty-led project with the goal of reducing health disparities.

  1.  Provide a collegial and supportive learning environment that reflects a Creighton principle of "cura personalis".
  2. Provide residents with experience in treating a diverse range of patients and pathology with a goal of 20% of our graduates working in under-recruited areas of rural, underserved or academic practices.
  3. Engage residents and faculty in the promotion of QI initiatives with each resident completing at least one project.
  4. Engage residents and faculty in conducting scholarly activity leading to publication and/or presentation at a regional/national level with a goal that 20% of our residents have a publication before graduation.