Internal Medicine Residency Program

Organization Structure

  1. The Chief of the Department of Medicine is ultimately responsible for all patient care, teaching, and administrative functions throughout the department.
  2. The Program Director is a senior WBAMC Internist. He is appointed by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army for a minimum of four years and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the training program. RRC-IM criteria for the Program Director include 50% professional-time dedicated to the program. The Program Director chairs the monthly Resident Education Committee. The program director is board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.
  3. The Associate Program Director is a WBAMC Internist appointed by the Chief of the Department of Medicine and the Program Director who assists in the day-to-day management of the residency program and enhances his/her knowledge of medical education through attendance at special courses and through special educational readings. The Associate Program Director chairs the Curriculum Committee and Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). Per RRC-IM guidelines the Associate Program Director must devote at least 20 hours per week toward program related functions.
  4. The Chief Medical Resident is a member of the Department of Medicine staff. He/she acts as the direct liaison between the housestaff and the other medical staff. He/she is responsible for the academic and administrative management directly related to the housestaff to include coordinating/implementing the department’s academic curriculum and scheduling rotations for house officers. The Chief Resident’s primary duties are teaching and mentorship. All efforts will be made by the Program Director to minimize non-program related duties.
  5. The Resident Research Coordinator(s) is/are staff members with research expertise, dedicated to coordinating and optimizing research output by the Internal Medicine residents. He or she provides expertise and mentorship in project concept, design, statistical analysis, presentation, and publications. The coordinator helps in preparation of abstracts and presentations for the Army American College of Physicians (ACP), Far West Texas ACP Clinical Vignette competition, Texas ACP, and WBAMC Research Day. He or she also promotes publications to include the El Paso Physician, Military Medicine, and other peer reviewed journals. Finally, he/she prepares an annual report of all resident research activity.
  6. The Education Technician supports the administrative needs of the residents, Chief Resident and the Program Director.
  7. The Director of Medical Education (DME), provides institutional oversight to all the residency programs at WBAMC. The DME chairs the monthly Graduate Medical Education Committee. The Program Director, Chief Medical Resident (CMR), Chief of Medicine, and an Internal Medicine resident represent the Internal Medicine Residency program. All are voting members except the CMR. The DME also oversees the other training programs at WBAMC to include General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and the Transitional Internship.
  8. The ombudsman is a designated non-biased institutional representative who is available to also serve as a resident advocate.