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, PhD, FACP


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

Lauren Powell
Lauren Powell
Columbia University
Carly Magnusson
Carly Magnusson
University of Minnesota

Hello and welcome!

We are proud to be the Chief Medical Residents for 2017-2018 and are thrilled by your interest in our program. Virginia Mason is a unique place to train – we embrace the close relationships and collegial atmosphere of a community program while offering ample academic opportunity and unparalleled quality improvement exposure. Our program exists within a larger hospital culture that truly emphasizes patient-centered care.
Virginia Mason is a tertiary referral center for patients in the greater northwest region including eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. We are exposed to multiple outpatient practice settings through Virginia Mason satellite clinics and through our partnerships with organizations like King County Public Health and Neighborcare. As a result, we are privileged to care for a wide range of medically and socio-economically diverse patients.

We prepare our residents to succeed in any area of medicine, including primary care, hospital medicine and subspecialties. Whether you’re excited to join our new Leadership in Quality Improvement Pathway, passionate about teaching medical students, or interested in focused experience in a specialty area of interest, our excellent faculty are dedicated to helping the program serve you and your goals. You’ll also contribute to the continual growth of the program by participating in quality improvement teams and testing new ideas – we rely on honest resident feedback to enact change.
Above all, we support the growth of our residents not only as physicians, but as individuals. By dedicating time to discussion of topics like growth mindset, the science of habit formation, cognitive biases, stress-reduction techniques, and developing a personal mission statement, we’re proud to maintain an ongoing dialogue about how we can sustainably grow into our best selves. We’re also fiercely protective of time away from the hospital and believe part of the residency experience should include time with loved ones, quality sleep, and opportunities to explore the gorgeous Seattle area.

We are honored by your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting you!

Warm regards,
Carly and Lauren