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Since 1968, the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Internal Medicine Residency program at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center has provided residents with exceptional, comprehensive clinical training. With our mix of autonomy, diverse patient pathophysiology, one-on-one faculty/resident teaching, and collegial atmosphere, we provide an ideal environment for residents to thrive. In fact, our program has had a 100% ABIM exam pass rate for 12 consecutive years. This places our program in the top 1% of Internal Medicine residency training programs nationwide.

In the program, residents will:

  • Gain a solid foundation of knowledge and clinical skill grounded in general internal medicine, coupled with access to all subspecialty fields.
  • Learn how to provide compassionate care to underserved populations.
  • Feel empowered to lead the future of healthcare through their active participation in quality improvement, patient safety, and value-based care initiatives.

Where You Will Train

Meet the Faculty


“It is our pleasure to welcome you to the CMC Department of Internal Medicine Residency program! Our residency program has a long history of training high quality internists, hospitalists, academicians, and future subspecialists. Our residency program leadership is committed fully to creating an exceptional training environment for our residents.”

Dr. J. Matthew Blackwell, MD, FACP
Residency Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of internal medicine physicians who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Internal Medicine program. View their bios here.

Program Curriculum

Our residency program is committed to resident education, wellness, scholarship, and excellence in clinical training within a supportive, caring community. Our program serves Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as well as the surrounding referring counties. Our referral base consists of approximately 1.5 to 2 million people and includes western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Residents will have access to an exceptionally diverse and complex clinical case mix. Whether your future includes a subspecialty fellowship, general internal medicine practice, academic medicine, or a career as a hospitalist, our program provides you with the individual attention and support you will need to succeed.

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Some key features of our program include:

  • Comprehensive daily educational curriculum
  • Broad patient base with extremely diverse patient pathology
  • Warm, friendly, supportive, “family-like” environment
  • Strong emphasis on one-on-one education from faculty
  • Ideal balance of service and education allowing ample time to study
  • Outstanding fellowship match rate for those residents pursuing sub-specialty training
  • Clinical outcomes research opportunities and project support and through our Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
  • Global health elective opportunity in Kenya and/or Cameroon, Africa
  • New point-of-care ultrasound curriculum with easy access to portable ultrasound devices
  • ACGME fellowship opportunities in Gastroenterology, Hematology-Oncology, Hepatology, Geriatrics and Sports Medicine
  • Diverse curricular options, with flexibility to tailor a residency to your specific needs
  • A faculty made up of true clinician educators who are devoted to teaching and genuinely invested in the training of our residents
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Our residents receive longitudinal training in Quality Improvement (QI) throughout their residency. As a part of our QI curriculum, residents learn to evaluate their own practice and examine patient care in a systems-based manner. Our residents are provided “report cards” on their care of patients in their practice panel with diabetes, asthma, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. These reports are reviewed semi-annually with ambulatory faculty mentors. Following this review, residents develop an action plan for patients at highest risk for poor health outcomes in their practice panel.

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In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the Internal Medicine program, residents will receive financial benefits as well.

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Application Criteria

We accept applications beginning in mid-September. We accept applications ONLY from participants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) which is available through your Dean's Office. Invitations for personal interviews are granted after a review of your application materials from ERAS. We require a complete ERAS application, 3 letters of recommendation (including your Dean's letter), a personal statement as well as your medical school and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) transcripts. An additional curriculum vitae is not required. Residents can learn more about how to apply and interview for the program here.

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