Prospective Residents

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Welcome, from the Program Director, Dr. Jennifer L. Swails:

Jennifer Swails MD

Dr. Jennifer Swails,  Program Director

Our Internal Medicine Residency program is committed to excellence in education and patient care which is enabled by the outstanding clinical facilities available in the Texas Medical Center. We train our House Staff to attain their highest level of potential and to acquire the tools needed to continue learning and growing in the field of Medicine long after graduation. It is our mission to provide outstanding care to patients regardless of their social circumstances, especially for the most underserved populations.  We recruit and train physicians who share this resolution and reflect the diversity of our city.

We offer a categorical three-year program in Internal Medicine, a one-year Preliminary program, and a four-year Medicine/Pediatrics training program, with options for the Clinical Investigator Pathway and Leadership in Medicine tracks for highly qualified residents.  We provide a clinically rigorous education and expect residents to be engaged in their educational process.  This is balanced by an abundance of wellness initiatives such as Art in Medicine, Sacred Vocation sessions, and sporting activities.  Understanding the value of mentorship, our program ensures that each resident has the right combination of coaching, clinical guidance, and research opportunities.

Daily didactic sessions in the form of Noon Conference, procedure workshops in our state of the art Surgical Skills Center, standardized patient evaluations, and the yearly In Service Exam all serve to further enhance the training experience.  We have protected didactic half days during Ambulatory blocks, as well as protected time for scholarly activities.   Mentored team-based Quality Improvement projects are a core component of our curriculum, to ensure all residents are able to improve the care they provide for patients in the future.

Upon completion of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, our residents go on to succeed in a variety of venues: subspecialty fellowships, research, private practice, academics, corporate medicine, and health maintenance organization practices, just to name a few.  We hope that you seriously consider the Internal Medicine Program at McGovern Medical School in Houston and look forward to meeting you on interview day!