Program Director’s Welcome
Welcome to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Internal Medicine and Transitional Residency Program Website!
The goal of our Residency Training Program is to graduate skilled physicians dedicated to life-long learning and compassionate care for our patients.
Our residents receive a broad exposure to the spectrum of Internal Medicine. They practice inpatient care on the Medical Floors and in the Intensive Care Unit and obtain extensive experience in outpatient care at our own Family Health Center, continuity clinics and subspecialty community practices.
St Vincent’s Medical Center is a 473-bed community teaching and referral hospital with a Level II trauma center and a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport. The Medical Center has earned national and regional recognition for the compassion of its staff, the commitment to patient satisfaction and the quality of its care.
The hospital has an active medical staff of 450 physicians representing a comprehensive range of more than 50 specialty and subspecialty medical and surgical disciplines, which allows our residents to gain significant clinical experience.
While exposure to a variety of cases is essential to a successful residency, we also believe in the principle that experience without supervision is not education. Our faculty is dedicated to working with our residents and involving them in all aspects of patient care. Grand Rounds and noon conferences are specifically designed to teach the fundamentals of medicine.
What’s unique about our program is that our residents learn about other aspects of healthcare in addition to medical management. We emphasize the necessity for quality improvement through our Problem Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) projects and High Reliability Culture where we practice 200% accountability.
Additionally, residents receive special training in Ethics and end of life care. We also teach that compassion and care extend beyond our borders and we’ve gone on medical mission trips including Ghana and Haiti.
Our department offers three different residency programs. The Categorical Program provides our residents with the skills needed to enter the practice of medicine or to continue training in a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. The Preliminary and Transitional Year Programs teach interns the fundamentals of Internal Medicine, while still giving them ample opportunity to pursue electives in a wide variety of fields in order to prepare them for their advanced training.
We attract residents from the United States and all over the World. One of our greatest strengths is the friendly, inclusive and supportive environment our residents train in and the variety of clinical experiences they encounter. We hope our program is in line with your aspirations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to meeting you!
Catherine Apaloo, MD, FACP
Program Director, Categorical/Preliminary Medicine
Forugh Homayounrooz, MD, FACP
Program Director, Transitional Year Medicine
Assistant Program Director, Categorical/Preliminary Medicine