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Residency Overview

Residency is a time when lifelong relationships are created. Many residents graduate and remain in the community, developing strong bonds with the associated institutions and the residency program. At Carle, you will learn from a wide variety of prominent physicians and a diverse range of patients. The Internal Medicine Residency Program provides training at Carle Foundation Hospital, OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, and VA Illiana Health Care System and their affiliated clinics.  Our residents consistently succeed in passing national boards, gaining acceptance in highly competitive fellowships, and finding attractive hospital and clinical positions.

So, come find out more, discover something outside of ordinary in Urbana-Champaign.

James Kumar, MD, MS, FACP, FHM
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Carle Foundation Hospital
Associate Professor
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL
(217) 383-3110

Inspired and engaged scholarship, innovation and discovery, and impassioned and insightful patient care happen here.


Program Goals

The goal of the Internal Medicine Residency Program is to prepare physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide patient care in Internal Medicine. Emphasis is on the:

  • humane application of scientific knowledge
  • preparation of graduates for continuing lifelong self-directed learning
  • cost-effective utilization of public resources
  • responsiveness to needs of individuals and the community
  • highest standards of academic excellence and professional ethics

The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide independent patient-centered care in multiple delivery settings in the specialty of Internal Medicine. Competence will be demonstrated in the following domains described in detail in the Program Requirements of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism and systems-based practice

The program provides flexibility in curriculum focus to allow achievement of each trainee's individual learning needs:

  • Ambulatory Primary Care. Focus on care in the ambulatory setting with responsibility to health promotion and to the diagnosis and management of complex, usually chronic disease.
  • Hospitalist Physician. Principal interest is in the quality and safety and complex disease management in the acute-care environment.
  • Traditional Internal Medicine. Interest in maintaining excellence in acute, chronic and extended-care settings and in consultation to other specialties, serving as expert in the continuum of care for complex medical disorders.
  • Pre-Fellowship. Interest in further training in one of the subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Training is usually similar to the Traditional Internal Medicine focus. Additional experience is in the chosen subspecialty or related fields.
  • Academic Internal Medicine. Focus on careers in which significant time is dedicated to roles as clinician educators or clinical investigators.