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Internal Medicine Residency Training for a Changing World.

A Message from the Program Leadership.

Welcome to the Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine at BronxCare Hospital Center (formerly known as The ​Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.) The BronxCare Hospital Center is the largest, voluntary, not-for-profit hospital in the South Bronx. For more than one hundred years we have identified and met the health care needs of a unique and dynamic community.

 Medical education including physician training and contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge are also key elements of our tradition. The science, art and practice of medicine are evolving at a fast pace. Today’s internist, whether generalist or sub specialist, must master the broad range of internal medicine, learn to critically evaluate, incorporate new knowledge and respond to a changing system of health care delivery. We recognize these challenges and train physicians to meet them. Our goal is to equip the internist with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to practice medicine in the 21st century. It is imperative for physicians to be compassionate, patient-centric and culturally competent to serve a diverse patient population.


 We provide general internists with the practical skills and detailed knowledge required to coordinate the care of patients with complex medical and psycho-social problems. We are committed to training residents who will constantly pursue excellence and strive to provide a challenging yet supportive atmosphere, where autonomy and supervision are in dynamic balance.

We adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our program.

A firm commitment to hands-on bedside teaching.

The most stimulating and best-remembered lessons in medicine are derived from direct patient care.

We regard residents’ participation in program development as a serious function.


The housestaff formally contributes as members of many of the department’s committees and through the evaluation process, and informally, through discussion with the attending staff, chief residents and associate program directors and director.

A philosophy of innovation and resident participation in developing the content of the program.

We are constantly evaluating and trying new approaches to learning and patient care. We adapt what works and discard what doesn’t.

A supportive environment. 


An atmosphere of warmth and support is an immeasurable but vital ingredient in our program. At BronxCare, where physicians from many parts of the world interact as colleagues at the housestaff and attending levels, there is a special emphasis on teamwork and emotional support for each individual resident.

​ To prepare you for success in your chosen career, we have created a flexible program with a wide range of elective training opportunities. Residents have the opportunity to pursue research, rotate on sub-specialty services and pursue non-medicine specialty rotations. Our residents have an outstanding record of success in achieving their goals, including sub-specialty and primary care careers. Residents who complete the program will also be prepared for and are expected to successfully take the Internal Medicine certifying examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 We recognize that residency training in internal medicine is intense, demanding and stressful. It is also one of the most rewarding periods of one’s life, and we want you to experience it fully.​ We know and expect that as you pass through training, with time, you will feel an exhilarating sense of growth and mastery. This sense of growing confidence comes as you realize that you know much more than you did before and can handle more complex and challenging situations. Our goal is to help you achieve this mastery, and to realize that you will experience this growth and development for the rest of your life.

 ​Sridhar Chilimuri, MD ​(Chairman, Department of Medicine)

 Misbahuddin Khaja, MD (Program Director)

 Sai Akella, MD, MPH ​(Associate Program Director)

 Rabih Nasr, MD (Associate Program Director)

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