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Residents with Chris Moriates.

The Internal Medicine Residency offers both a categorical program and a preliminary internship. There are two tracks within the categorical program: the Veterans’ Affairs Primary Care Track and Dell Medical School’s unique Distinction Program for Care Transformation.

Curriculum Components


Trainees have rotations spread over inpatient wards, ICU and outpatient clinics, as well as an opportunity to gain exposure to medical sub-specialties and other electives. Morning attending rounds are the foundation of the educational experience and involve interdisciplinary teams that include Dell Med students and pharmacy residents. Residents follow a four-plus-one schedule, completing four weeks of inpatient wards or electives (a block) followed by one ambulatory week. Categorical interns spend one block on an ambulatory rotation that includes dedicated time to work on quality improvement and professional development.

Block Rotation Schedule

  • Wards (4 blocks)
  • Ambulatory (3 1/2 blocks)
  • ICU (2 blocks)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 block)
  • Behavioral Med/Psychiatry (1 block)
  • Night Float (1 block)
  • Wards (5 blocks)
  • Ambulatory (3 1/2 blocks)
  • ICU (2 blocks)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 block)
  • Elective (1 block)
  • Night Float (1 block)
  • Wards (3 blocks)
  • Ambulatory (2 1/2 blocks)
  • ICU (2 blocks)
  • Elective (1 block)
  • Gastroenterology (1 block)
  • Hematology-Oncology (1 block)
  • Nephrology (1 block)
  • Cardiovascular Medicine (1 block)
  • Wards (1-2 blocks)
  • Hospitalist (1-2 blocks)
  • ICU (1 block)
  • Elective (1 block)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 block)
  • Endocrinology (1 block)
  • Neurology (1 block)
  • Geriatric Medicine (1 block)
  • Medicine Consults (1 block)
  • Night Float (1 block)


Teaching conferences include daily morning round and noon conference. On Wednesdays, conferences include departmental Grand Rounds, M&M and Journal Club. Nationally known speakers in internal medicine present during Grand Rounds. There are also monthly multidisciplinary process improvement meetings and Dell Med Grand Rounds. During ambulatory week, in addition to pre-clinic conferences, residents attend an academic half-day that includes exploring care through the lens of quality and safety.


Highlights of the program include:

  • Mentorship with an assigned faculty member from the start of residency to provide guidance in achieving professional development, academic success and wellness;
  • Global Health Program opportunities;
  • Dell Med Incubator, a forum to promote and strengthen scholarly academic work and projects and receive feedback from faculty and peers;
  • Sending residents to regional and national conferences;
  • Intentional holiday leave.


The Distinction Program for Care Transformation is a unique opportunity for selected residents interested in developing and practicing skills in health care transformation through leadership, innovation and discovery. Internal medicine matches up to five categorical residents per year into the distinction program. Residents who match into the Primary Care Track also participate in the distinction program curriculum.

Residents in the Distinction Program for Care Transformation receive the same diverse clinical training experience as a categorical resident. In addition, participants receive education in design thinking, quality improvement, leadership, academic scholarship and care transformation. Along with peers from surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, residents lead projects in quality improvement, health care value and/or population health. Ideal applicants show a commitment to systems-based improvement, leadership and academic scholarship.

Program Director: Christopher Moriates, M.D.


Based in the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, the Internal Medicine Primary Care Track provides an education focused in outpatient care while taking care of the nation’s veterans and other complex populations. The track trains excellent primary care general internists to be leaders and innovators who provide evidenced-based, socially responsible care.

The program provides diverse outpatient clinical training, individualized mentoring, hands-on experience in quality improvement and comprehensive didactics in ambulatory clinical topics, evidence-based medicine and social determinants of health.

If you are interested in learning more about the Primary Care Track, please contact the program director.

Program Director: Robin Reister, M.D.