In partnership with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Baptist Health Internal Medicine Residency emphasizes patient- and family-centered, high-quality, high-value care and fosters a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork and lifelong learning.

The program is based at Baptist Health’s flagship hospital, Baptist Hospital of Miami – an over 900-bed facility that houses Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Internal Medicine residents are fully integrated into the care of adult patients throughout the facility and the adjacent Baptist Health Primary Care clinic.

The Baptist Health Internal Medicine Residency provides a comprehensive, inclusive and academically rigorous curriculum based in the ACGME Core Competencies. Our innovative and committed faculty, together with state-of-the-art training facilities and strong institutional support, prepares our graduates to enter practice as primary care physicians or hospitalists or to continue to subspecialty training.

Program Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ID: 1401100005

Program Size
  • PGY1: 24 categorical residents + 6 preliminary year residents
  • PGY2: 24
  • PGY3: 24
Message from the Program Director

Message from the Program Director

The mission of the Baptist Health South Florida Internal Medicine Residency is to train the next generation of highly skilled, compassionate internal medicine physicians who will improve the health and well-being of our community. We are dedicated to quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration in all aspects of patient care and resident training. Our program will provide opportunities for residents to participate in research, quality improvement, advocacy, and healthcare administration.

JoVonnda D. Chresfield

Senior Program Administrator

JoVonnda D. Chresfield


Program Highlights

  • Our program will incorporate simulated patient encounters to allow residents to develop complex patient care skills in a monitored and controlled, risk-free environment throughout the three-year residency starting during the internship orientation. We have access to high quality simulation devices to develop skills in internal medicine procedures and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) training, and we also offer workshops featuring standardized patients for additional patient-based training. We have developed small group training modules including training in procedures, simulating code blue/rapid responses, and addressing goals of care.

  • Understanding how to formulate and carry out research and analyze current literature will be an important part of our residency training. Baptist Health is developing an integrated, robust scholarly support service to facilitate timely development and completion of resident research and quality improvement projects. Residents will be paired with faculty mentors based on research interests during orientation, and they will have protected time throughout all three years of residency to support scholarly work. There will be a structured quality improvement curriculum provided to all Baptist Health residents to help them develop and complete meaningful projects in alignment with hospital and health system initiatives.

  • Baptist Health recognizes the importance of physician well-being. We are committed to providing an optimal training environment with an emphasis on supporting our residents. Through educational sessions at noon conferences and one-on-one small group coaching, our residents will be encouraged to develop tools for self-care, reflection and compassion that will enable them to flourish both inside and outside their work environment. PGY-1 residents will participate in a wellness retreat annually.

    Baptist Health provides extensive resources for all physicians including weekly support group meetings, a confidential hotline for medical staff, and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program. A full list of resources can be reviewed at Physician & APPs - BE WELL (

  • This required 2 week rotation in the second year will provide a structured and supportive setting for learning procedures commonly performed by internists. Dedicated hospitalists who perform these procedures every day will use simulation and other tools to train the residents. Once residents demonstrate adequate proficiency, they will progress to assessing patients for appropriateness of intervention and perform procedures under direct supervision by an experienced attending.

  • Our program leadership is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive group of residents and faculty. We will incorporate a series on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into faculty development and resident noon conferences. As a sponsoring institution, we completed a project on JEDI education through National Initiative VIII of the Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Centers National Initiative VIII. Additionally, training in recognizing bias and promoting a holistic review of the residency applicant is required for faculty involved in the resident selection process. We embrace a philosophy of inclusion and emphasize the need for acceptance and diversity as part of resident recruitment. To learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Baptist Health, click here.

Featured Training Sites

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

Baptist Health Primary Care

Baptist Health Primary Care

Primary care physicians are at the center of patients’ healthcare wheel. Primary care drives overall health and well-being, focusing on preventing illness through proactive identification and reduction of risk factors, managing chronic diseases, and coordinating care with specialists. Baptist Health offers over twenty Primary Care locations throughout South Florida, including several locations for resident physician training.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Established in 1987, the Institute was one of the first centers in the United States to treat the heart and blood vessels as one entity. This unique approach, coupled with cutting-edge techniques and technologies, advanced research and an international focus, resulted in the Institute becoming a leader in cardiovascular care. Today, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. Patients can experience consistent, exceptional, evidence-based care at Institute locations throughout Baptist Health. Our team of multilingual, multidisciplinary specialists have pioneered the development of technology used to treat aneurysms, blockages in veins and arteries and holes in the heart. They participate in federally approved clinical research studies and offer the most minimally invasive options whenever possible.

Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute

The Miami Cancer Institute, located on the campus of Baptist Hospital, is a destination cancer center known for its innovation and precision in cancer care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology. The impressive roster of clinicians at Miami Cancer Institute includes renowned oncologists; world-recognized, highly sub-specialized cancer experts and surgeons; clinical researchers and genomic scientists. The Center’s advanced radiation oncology program includes the first proton therapy center from South Florida to South America. As Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments close to home and ensures that the standards of care developed by the multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK. Miami Cancer Institute received awards in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma as well as surgery in lung, prostate, and colon cancers in 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings.


Core Rotations

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Hospital Medicine
12 weeks
Medical ICU
4 weeks
Emergency Medicine
2 weeks
4 weeks
Cardiology Consults
4 weeks
Introduction to Ambulatory Medicine
4 weeks

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
  • The continuity clinic plays an important role in developing longitudinal relationships with patients and is an integral part of the residency experience. Categorical residents will spend one half-day each week in continuity clinic and will be assigned to a Baptist Health Primary Care site for all three years. Currently, residents will be placed in either Baptist Health Primary Care Kendall, South Miami, or Galloway locations. The long-term relationship with patients and their families is an experience that is measured not in days but in the years of shared visits. Academic faculty will have dedicated precepting time and will also participate in clinical quality improvement initiatives.

Year 1, 2, 3
  • Our didactic series is designed to effectively prepare our residents for clinical practice in Internal Medicine as well as for the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam. The noon conference lecture series, offered Monday through Friday, will be based in the ABIM Blueprint and taught by a dynamic group of faculty. In addition, multiple longitudinal course series are woven into noon conference including Monthly Grand Rounds, Wellness, Journal Club, Performance Improvement, and Board Review and quarterly Palliative Care, Radiology, Health Equity, Morbidity & Mortality, Point of Care Ultrasound, and Ethics.

    Residents will be encouraged to take part in specialty-specific educational activities such as Tumor Board and Heart Recovery lectures.

Year 1, 2, 3

Subspecialty Rotations and Electives

We offer 2-week rotations in all medical subspecialties and a variety of inpatient and outpatient electives. Through our mentorship and scholarly support programs, we help our residents tailor their educational experience to best fit their future career plans.
Medical Subspecialties
4 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
Research/Quality Improvement
4 weeks
6 weeks
4 weeks

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Applications will only be reviewed through ERAS
  • Must pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, or COMLEX 1 and 2, before February 1
  • IMG applicants: must have a valid ECFMG certificate before the start of residency
  • Must be eligible to register as a resident physician with the state of Florida
Please note: at this time we will be sponsoring J-1 visas

Application Requirements

  • ERAS Common Application
    • ERAS Supplemental Application is preferred, but not required
  • Medical School transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Dean’s Letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from physicians who are familiar with your work and abilities
    • Internal Medicine Structured Evaluation Letter (SEL) is preferred when available
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? AAMC ERAS
  • When are applications accepted? September through November
  • When are candidate interviews? October through January
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? March via NRMP
  • When does the program start? June

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