Chief Resident's Message
Jose Mena, MD
Chief Medical Resident
Welcome to the North Shore Medical Center Internal Medicine residency program. Thank you for your interest in our program. I hope this website gives you a sense of what makes our hospital a truly exceptional place to pursue your residency training. The residency program is committed to outstanding resident training, while fostering a supportive and collaborative environment with emphasis on continuous improvement. Our Graduates go on to develop successful careers in primary care, hospital medicine and various subspecialties around the country. More uniquely, several of our residents enjoy staying in or returning to Salem Hospital for their clinical practice.
Residents have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population. Care is provided on the floor and the ICU through a multi-disciplinary team consisting of attending physicians, senior residents, interns, nurses and case managers. We also work very close with the Physical Therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy and Nutrition Services team. This allows for a well-rounded learning experience and seamless patient care.
Over the 3 years of training, all residents rotate through multiple specialties including: general internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, emergency medicine, geriatrics, infectious disease, psychiatry and other subspecialties. Our neurology and medicine consults rotation are done at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. This combination of rotations comprises a well-rounded and hands-on clinical experience to help develop a strong foundation in internal medicine. Additionally, to balance inpatient and outpatient experiences, categorical residents care for their own patient panel under the guidance of faculty at a North Shore Physicians Group outpatient site.
Starting July 2020, we changed our schedule to X+Y format.
This means that for 4 weeks (the X weeks), residents can be assigned to inpatient care (ICU/ Wards) or rotate in elective rotations which could be ambulatory clinics (e.g. Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Palliative Care). During the Y week, our categorical residents will rotate in continuity clinics for 5 session of half days, have one ½ day of Quality Improvement training and work, one ½ day of Wellness and the reminder 2 half day sessions they will attending ambulatory clinics like ENT, nephrology, PT, Wound Care, rheumatology. Our Preliminary residents work alongside their categorical colleagues but do not have clinic as part of their year of training. They instead spend more time in Research and Subspecialties. Learn more and see sample schedule
In line with a culture of constant growth, there is a dedicated half day session for quality improvement curriculum. This focuses on enhancing skills in improving the practice of medicine and health care design. Our projects are sponsored by the Albright Read Institute for Quality Improvement.
Well established didactics are integrated all through the three years of training at Salem Hospital. Learning occurs in various forms including: Daily morning reports under the supervision of attendings from either hospital medicine or subspecialties involved in the care of presented case. MKSAP questions and explanations are included at the end of morning report case presentation. Noon conferences with topics selected based on residents’ request, ACP in-service exam results and are delivered by Salem Faculty or MGH clinical educators. Friday morning Grand Rounds Monthly journal club Morbidity and mortality conferences where multidisciplinary specialties are invited to discuss options to treat, prevent and improve medical care.
As residents of Salem Hospital, we pride ourselves in working well together both inside and outside the hospital. During residency, we have developed very close friendships with each other and we truly consider the people at Salem our family away from home. Additionally, we also make the most of numerous hiking trails, parks, marinas, ski resorts and museums in the neighboring towns. The hospital’s proximity to Boston affords the residents the opportunity to enjoy some of the best food, culture, sporting events and night life in New England.
Thank you again for considering Mass General Brigham – Salem Hospital Internal Medicine residency program in your search for a training program. Personally, I cannot be happier to have spent three years as a resident here and I am honored and excited to be here for my Chief Year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.
Jose Mena, M.D.
Chief Medical Resident