Program Director's Message

  
 I’m delighted to welcome you to our training program in internal medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. With over 1500 beds, JMH is one of the largest in the country. It is the only county hospital for the citizens of Miami-Dade County, is the major teaching institution for University of Miami, is one of the nation’s busiest hospitals, and is continually ranked in U.S. News & World Report among the "Best Hospitals In America”. 
Our residents train at four principal institutions: Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics and UMH Hospital. By training in three very different sites, our housestaff are provided with wonderful and challenging clinical encounters and opportunities. This variety of experiences is a definitive element in becoming a confident, knowledgeable, compassionate and resourceful internist.

The key role played by our residents in the care of patients is vital to their development into outstanding physicians. Many of our patients come to the hospital without an established diagnosis; therefore, our residents have meaningful input into diagnostic and therapeutic decision making. With guidance and teaching from a general medical and subspecialty faculty of extraordinarily high caliber, residents can achieve their fullest potential. We are proud of our inpatient general medicine and subspecialty experiences, as well as our rotations in intensive care and emergency medicine. As part of the ambulatory program, the resident has the opportunity to follow his or her continuity patients in a setting which offers quality teaching by faculty role models.
    
We know our program offers the depth and breadth of experience necessary to allow graduates to achieve their desired professional goals. We have strived to provide a friendly, open and supportive environment that emphasizes academic excellence. A structured foundation in Internal Medicine with a core set of clinical experiences is balanced by the flexibility for our residents to individualize their training in subspecialty or primary care medicine, research, medical education, Women’s health and Global medicine.

We welcome the opportunity to show you our program and have you meet with our diverse faculty and residents. We offer superb clinical training in an exciting multicultural environment.  In our residency program the differential diagnosis for “Fever and RUQ pain” will cover not only the usual (cholecystitis), but also liver abscesses, malaria, and the like due to our diverse and unique patient population. We are proud to offer you a chance to see a program bursting with innovation and opportunity – as seen in our new Evidenced-Based medicine Curriculum, Procedure Team, Women’s Health curriculum, Resident Research and Scholarly activity Program. We invite you to visit with us so you can appreciate the excitement, enthusiasm and pride that we share in our residency program.
 

 
Stephen Symes, M.D., FACP
Program Director - Internal Medicine Training Program 
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Associate Professor - Division of Infectious Diseases 

University of Miami - Jackson Memorial Medical Center