Internal Medicine Residency

“We create tailored experiences to develop exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals, and innovative leaders.”

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Virginia Mason offers an academically rigorous education in a nationally recognized community hospital. Our residency combines team-based learning with one-to-one mentorship activities and allows residents the flexibility to pursue their individual interests.

Message from the Program Director


  Alvin Calderon, MD, PhD, FACP
  Alvin Calderon, MD,

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Virginia Mason. I have been the program director since 2008 and have been actively involved in medical education since my graduation from the Medicine Program at Virginia Mason in 2003. The purpose of our program is incredibly clear: we develop exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals and innovative leaders. We accomplish this by creating tailored experiences that match our trainees’ needs for success.

First and foremost, we will train you to be an exceptional physician. You will become one by practicing and providing exceptional care. The care you provide in the program where you train will undoubtedly impact the care that you provide in your future career. Since we know that variation exists in health care, it is imperative that you know the important clinical outcomes associated with your future residency program because you will mirror those outcomes. The Dartmouth Institute has complied publically-available data from 236 teaching hospitals across 20 indicators for end-of-life care, management of chronic illness, quality and patient experience. In our review, across these 20 indicators, Virginia Mason ranks in the top 10. Largely this is the care provided by our residents and certainly the environment of care in which our residents train. I have every confidence that this will be the care our graduates provide as exceptional physicians.

How are you going to be a fulfilled individual? We want our residents to learn how to live a fulfilled life. Your career in medicine may last more than 35 years. How will you be sustained in your career? Do you know how you will find joy in your work? Do you have the skills to bounce back so that a hard day doesn’t become a bad day? Our program values mindfulness and wellness in our residents. As such, our program is designed to provide residents time for sleep. Healthy food options are available on site for residents regardless of their work shift. We support mindfulness by providing residents protected time to develop their own practices. If we are to meet the needs of our nation, we need every physician practicing to avoid burnout and find fulfillment.

Finally, we provide opportunities for residents to learn and practice improvement using the internationally-recognized Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS). VMPS is our quality improvement system. In a changing, dynamic health care environment, our residents engage in change and learn how to improve care for our patients while making the work sustainable for everybody involved. Virtually every medicine resident since 2008 has participated in an improvement event during their training, and all of them are integrated into improvement work of the residency. Our graduates have a skill set that is increasingly sought by their future employers and fellowship programs. They are innovative leaders and positive agents of change wherever they go.

Welcome to Virginia Mason. I hope to bring out the best in you by creating for you a tailored experience to develop you into an exceptional physician, fulfilled individual and innovative leader.

Alvin Calderon, MD, PhD, FACP


Message from the Chief Medical Residents

Amy Thomson Ana Jensen
     Amy Thomson
University of Washington
  Ana Jensen
Indiana University

Hello and welcome!

We are the Internal Medicine Chiefs of 2016-2017 and we are delighted by your interest in our program. Virginia Mason in Seattle, Washington, has been our educational home for the past three years and we look forward to sharing this program with you. Here you will find academic rigor coupled with a close-knit community that supports the whole person and caters to your individual goals.

There are many factors in choosing a residency but it is our belief that it is the people – our patients, faculty, and residents – that will have the greatest impact on your educational experience. We are proud of the people who make up our Virginia Mason team and have given us a fulfilling experience. Our patients are medically and socially diverse as a result of Virginia Mason being a tertiary referral center for patients from the greater northwest region extending to Alaska, Montana and Idaho. In the ambulatory setting we have tremendous diversity via our regional medical centers, HIV clinic, and community health clinics at Eastgate and Pike Market. Our faculty, in addition to being nationally recognized clinicians and researchers, are also hand-picked for their dedication to teaching and mentoring. Due to the size of our program we receive personalized educational support and develop long-lasting relationships with our co-residents and faculty.

Finally, it is our residents who foster the culture of quality improvement and life-long learning. Our residents are prepared to succeed in all areas of medicine including primary care, hospital medicine, and sub-specialties, as evidenced by our excellent graduate job placement and 100 percent fellowship match rate.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our residents and educators and are honored by your interest in our program. We look forward to meeting you!

Warm Regards,
Amy & Ana