Chief Resident's Message

David Cardona Estrada, MD
Chief Medical Resident

Dear Applicants,

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 North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) 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 the North Shore Medical Center for their clinical practice.

Clinical Experience

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. This team based approach 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, neurology and medicine consult (at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston), emergency medicine, geriatrics, infectious disease, psychiatry and other sub – specialty elective months. 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. They also rotate through a dedicated annual ambulatory month of outpatient clinic in addition to their year-round continuity clinic. Preliminary residents work alongside their categorical colleagues but do not have clinic as part of their year of training. They instead spend this month on either a research or clinical elective.

Didactic Learning

Well established didactics are integrated all through the three years of training at NSMC. Learning occurs in various forms including – daily morning reports and noon conferences, weekly MGH clinical educator conferences, weekly grand rounds and monthly journal club and morbidity and mortality discussions. In line with a culture of constant growth, there is a dedicated quality improvement curriculum that is incorporated into resident training. This focuses on enhancing skills in improving the practice of medicine and health care design.

Scholarly Work

Participation in scholarly work is a requirement for all residents to graduate from the Internal Medicine residency training program. Residents have worked with various mentors at NSMC and throughout the Partners system to achieve this goal. They have also participated in several national medicine and subspecialty conferences such as the annual ACP, AMA, AHA, ACC, ACG, ID Week, ATS and CHEST meets. Our residents are currently involved in scholarly work at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in addition to their research and quality improvement projects at NSMC and the Albright Read Institute for Quality Improvement.

Resident Life

As residents of NSMC 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 NSMC 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 North Shore Medical Center in your search for an Internal Medicine 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. I do hope you have an opportunity to visit the place we all so happily call home. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.

Best wishes,

David A. Cardona Estrada, M.D.
Chief Medical Resident