Internal Medicine Residency – Other Rotations

In addition to the core rotations listed, there are a variety of other rotations to help train well-round clinicians. Some are mandatory rotations for all residents and some are elective.


All junior residents spend two weeks on the Geriatrics service. Those two weeks include didactic sessions, working on the inpatient consult service, shadowing outpatient palliative care nursing and following geriatricians in clinic.

Emergency Medicine

All residents spend at least four weeks working in the BWH Emergency Department spread across the three years of residency. The rotation gives residents the experience to be the first physician to triage and evaluate a new patient, decide which diagnostics to pursue and care for multiple patients at once.


The Phys (short for physician) is a time-honored tradition at Brigham that all senior residents rotate through. While the position serves multiple roles, the primary responsibilities are to act as the senior medicine consult for other services in the hospital, to be the MICU triage resident for the medicine services and to assist at all Codes in the hospital. The Phys rotation is designed to help teach about preoperative medicine along with working on triaging and code skills.


All junior and senior residents have time for elective rotations. There is much flexibility in how this time is spent, but includes rotating on specialty consult services, working on research or a scholarly project, or participating in some of the other medicine tracks (such as the Management Leadership Track). Senior residents can also act as an off-site chief resident during their elective time at either the Faulkner or VA sites.

Rotation Overviews


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