Program Director's Welcome

 J. Patricia Dhar, MD

We are excited that you are interested in our program! We are a hardcore, clinically-focused, procedure-based Internal Medicine program. We are based at St. Mary’s of Michigan, part of the Ascension System. We pride ourselves on building confidence, leadership, teamwork and excellent patient care skills. Our program emphasizes bedside teaching and procedural competence.

Residents in our program become competent at managing a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and become qualified to independently perform intubations, ultrasound-guided central lines and arterial line placement. Since we have no fellowships at our center, our Residents directly manage critically ill patients including ventilators, pressors and cardiac medication infusions. In addition, our Residents perform all the Code Blues at the hospital with the senior Residents serving as team leaders for the Code Blue teams. 

A significant innovation is our Residents attending sessions regularly at our state-of-the-art Simulation Lab. We also have a linear Patient-Centered Simulation Course, which consists of managing a patient from the first encounter to death, with a focus on communication skills and learning to interact with the patient and family during difficult situations. 

Simulation CenterOur academic program covers a broad range of essential topics to be a competent internist as well as preparation for USMLE Step 3 and the ABIM Board Exam. There are daily didactics, weekly Departmental Grand Rounds as well as Regional Multi-disciplinary Grand Rounds. We encourage Residents to pursue clinically focused scholarly activities and to complete manuscript(s) before completion of their training.

Our faculty includes excellent community specialists and sub-specialists. The longitudinal ambulatory clinic experience also has a complementary didactic program. We have board review monthly (using ACP and MKSAP resources) and a mandatory monthly exam using the “Med Study” question bank/exam program. We also have an academic support program for Residents sponsored by the CMU College of Medicine for improving one’s performance on standardized testing. Our Residents have had a 100% pass rate on the ABIM Boards the past two years!

CMU Health Internal Medicine ResidentsOur training consists of six weeks continuously on elective or inpatient rotations and followed by two weeks in the clinic. This allows the ambulatory Residents to focus entirely on their outpatients when in the clinic and allows better continuity. In each week of the two-week block, there are four half-day sessions of primary care clinic and four half-day sessions of “elective” experiences. Friday is an academic day with morning ambulatory didactics and afternoon Sim Lab exercises. 

Our graduates are highly competent internists who can perform procedures, manage critical care units on their own and work in crisis situations. Our Residents match well into all types of fellowships, are aggressively recruited and are desirable for hospitalist positions all over the country.

We are proud of all of our Residents and are happy that you will be joining our family. Welcome to our program, and welcome to Central Michigan!

Interim Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Professor and Chair, Discipline of Medicine
Specialty: Endocrinology 
Central Michigan University College of Medicine 
CMU Medical Education Partners