Categorical Track

As part of the Categorical Track at Virginia Mason, each resident will participate in inpatient, outpatient and elective experiences that will teach the skills and knowledge needed to pursue any path in internal medicine, whether it be fellowship, hospitalist medicine or primary care. As compared to the primary care track, there will be more time spent on inpatient services (see the sample schedule for more details).

Every resident has a primary care continuity clinic throughout all three years of residency, either at a Virginia Mason Clinic or at the Eastgate Public Health Clinic. There are opportunities to participate in a variety of electives, both outpatient and inpatient based. Overall, our goal is to provide residents with a wealth of varied experiences that is customizable, so that as residents discover their passions within internal medicine, the residency experience can be tailored accordingly. Thus, throughout residency each resident receives training in the areas of most interest to them and gains experiences in the areas that will impact their future career.

The details about sample schedules, continuity clinics, available electives are available in their respective sections. Please reference these sections for more detailed description of what Virginia Mason has to offer. Below is a bit more about what makes the Virginia Mason inpatient experience so unique.

Inpatient Electives
Each available elective usually has a predominant outpatient or inpatient focus. However, each elective can be molded based on your interest to have more outpatient or inpatient experience based on your interests and future career goals.

The rotations with inpatient predominant experiences are:

  • Float Hospitalist
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inpatient Glycemic Control-Endocrinology
  • Inpatient Neurohospitalist
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Nephrology

On each of these rotations, you work one-on-one with an attending, seeing new patient consults and follow-up patients. The schedule is Monday-Friday, with weekends off!