Internal Medicine Program Director Message

Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. We appreciate your interest in our program.  Deciding where to pursue your residency training can be a difficult decision, with many factors to consider.  As you begin to look at websites, travel for interviews, and research what each program has to offer, you may feel that there are more similarities than differences between programs. To an extent, that is true.  However, as Program Director, I’d like to highlight a few distinguishing aspects of our program.

We enjoy a harmonious blend of full-time and community faculty who serve to enrich the educational environment at EVMS. These include doctors recognized by the American College of Physicians as outstanding educators and subspecialists who are leaders in their fields. Our full-time internal medicine faculty attend on all inpatient medicine rotations. A subgroup provides oversight in continuity clinics. You will learn internal medicine from dedicated clinician educators with a passion for patient care and teaching. These points are underscored by our board pass rate which is consistently above the national average and our success in placing residents in competitive fellowships. The research environment at EVMS is also rich with opportunity as evidenced by NIH funded researchers in both the general medicine and subspecialty realms.

Our program has affiliations with the medical school, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital which is our primary clinical site. The VA is a smaller hospital with less than fifty medicine beds, offering a training environment similar to many community hospitals throughout the country. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has over 500 beds, is the area’s only Level I trauma center, and its Heart Hospital is ranked among the top fifty in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. This variety of clinical sites allows for diversity in training and helps to prepare our graduates for practice in academic and private settings, whether in rural communities or large tertiary care referral centers. Our class size of 12 categorical residents creates an environment which easily accommodates individual learning styles while fostering a family atmosphere. In addition, we offer fellowship training in geriatrics, endocrinology, nephrology, pulmonary and critical care, sleep medicine and infectious disease.

Finally, location and community are important aspects of any career choice and residency is no exception. The Hampton Roads area has a population of about 1.7 million, offering an incredible diversity of patients and diseases. Norfolk and the surrounding area boast an impressive variety of museums, theaters, and concert venues. Whether you prefer the zoo, the mall, a relaxing hike, or a nice dinner out on the town, the Norfolk area has something for everyone.  In addition, our campus is favorably situated just minutes from Virginia Beach and a reasonable drive from the mountains or the nation’s capital.

In summary, our program represents a special opportunity to learn the skills necessary to be an outstanding physician in a collegial atmosphere with ample opportunity for personal and professional growth. The surrounding community and attractions provide a welcome diversion from hospital life and are a wonderful environment in which to live.

As you can tell, I am very proud of our program, faculty and house staff.  If you have any questions after exploring our website, feel free to contact us.


Mitchell Goodman, MD

Program Director