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Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Prime West Consortium Centinela Hospital Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, an affiliate of California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), is committed to the training of highly skilled, competent, and caring internal medicine physicians. Our main goal is talent development for practice readiness and to address the projected shortage of internists.

Our program has several hallmarks which include a community hospital atmosphere at CHMC, academic opportunities through our partner CUSM and the resident Continuity Clinic located in our professional building and at the Westchester Medical Plaza.

We are focused on both our inpatient and outpatient experiences for our residents. We firmly believe in being supportive and allowing each resident flexibility to participate in areas that are of interest to them. Our residents experience a balance of professional autonomy with progressive levels of supervision.

We offer competitive annual salaries, monthly car allowance, an education fund to support learning and a thorough benefits package.

Prime West Consortium

Prime West is an academic consortium consisting of the residencies within Prime Healthcare Hospitals in California. The goal for each hospital is to retain its community characteristics while the consortium provides the support of a larger academic setting. The Prime West Consortium sponsors Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Dermatology programs across multiple sites.

Site Description

Centinela Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) is a Joint Commission accredited, 362-bed licensed acute care community hospital located in Inglewood, CA in Los Angeles County. CHMC has delivered quality healthcare to the local communities since 1924. The hospital continues to deliver quality care today as a member of Prime Healthcare Services. Over 340 physicians and slightly over 1,300 employees are available to treat the residents in our local communities. CHMC is proud of its history in providing exemplary patient care.

CHMC serves a diverse population and incorporates elements of urban and suburban medicine. We provide a full range of services including, full radiological and laboratory services, Emergency Department, and a comprehensive operative suite.

Program Mission Statement at Centinela Hospital Medical Center

The Prime West Consortium Centinela Hospital Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program aims to provide a high-quality, well-rounded educational experience for resident physicians to be competent hospitalists, primary care physicians and/or pursue a fellowship. The program will aim to address socio-economic disparities, increase access to healthcare and grow the number of physicians in Inglewood, CA and the surrounding communities.

The aims are to instill the core value of service and commitment to the under-served medical communities. Through a humanistic working environment and curriculum, the program intends to inspire physicians to promote wellness and enact positive change in existing models of care through clinically sound, responsible, innovative, and compassionate care.

Program Goals:

The Prime West Consortium Centinela Hospital Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program’s goals for our residents are to: Create an environment for scholarly activity and quality improvement with a focus on topics applicable to the community. Encourage life-long learning and improvement. Increase the number of primary care physicians in the greater Inglewood region. Address socio-economic barriers to healthcare in the community. Prepare residents for exam passage for the ABIM board exam or AOA equivalent.

Program aims:

  • To train well-rounded internal medicine physicians providing evidence-based, cost-effective, and high-quality healthcare.
  • To instill in internal medicine physicians the importance of diversity and wellness for the mind and body.
  • To recruit high-quality residents from diverse backgrounds that are committed to the region.
  • To promote lifelong growth as a physician and within the healthcare system.
  • To support faculty and residents in scholarly activity specifically designed to improve patient care, access, quality, and outcomes.
  • To grow and sustain high-quality faculty through faculty development and mentoring
  • To provide an educational curriculum that is innovative, responsive, and flexible to the learning goals of the residents and that will prepare them for the ABIM board exam.

Diversity Statement:

Los Angeles County, specifically Inglewood, is extremely diverse. We aim to capture and reflect the diversity in our residency personnel. Eventually, we hope to establish a diverse recruiting pipeline and retain our residents as faculty. In regard to residency personnel, we hope to recruit from the local community and provide tools and opportunities for advancement within our organization.

Curriculum

The structured three-year program includes both required and elective rotations, which ensure consistency of training while allowing for individual growth in all areas of their interests and weaknesses. Each resident’s training time is designed to meet the American Board of Internal Medicine requirements over the thirty-six-month program.

Our rotation schedule is based on the thirteen 4-week block structure. To maintain balance of learning and hospital coverage, rotations below are represented by the number of weeks current residents will spend on each rotation. Each year, we review the coverage needs for our inpatient service and work to prioritize education over service while balancing adequate coverage for the hospital and flexibility for our residents to support their wellbeing.

Projected 2022/2023 Rotation Schedule
Please note, the schedule below is the anticipated block schedule for next year. As shown below, 15 days of PTO will be pre-scheduled in one week blocks, the remaining 5 days of PTO will be flexible for resident scheduling.

Longitudinal Curriculum

Continuity Clinic (across the continuum of residency)
Residents will spend time each week across all rotations seeing patients in one of our continuity clinics. Residents spend at least one (1) half day of clinic each week during most rotations.

Didactics (across the continuum of residency)
Residents are provided with protected time to participate in our education block. Didactics incorporate the breadth of internal medicine as well as the business of medicine and self-care. Sessions are dynamic and interactive.

Benefits

Centinela Hospital Medical Center offers competitive salaries, with a generous benefit package that surpasses those offered in the area.
Medical, dental, and life insurance are offered. House staff may participate in the 401(k) program beginning at time of hiring.
Seventeen days of paid vacation is provided annually. Three days of sick time is also provided annually.

Other benefits include:

  • Conference attendance with prior approval from the Program Director
  • Educational Resources
  • Meals are provided at the hospital during regular meal times. Resident call room refrigerators are regularly stocked with food options for after hours or when the cafeteria is not available.
  • White lab coats and scrubs.
  • Annual education fund is provided to residents to offset the cost of exams, licensing fees and other expenditures to support learning. (Hardware is not eligible.)
  • Parking provisions have been made for all trainees while on campus

Application Criteria

We use a comprehensive approach to our application review and although we have set some guidelines for the characteristics of an ideal application, we appreciate that sometimes life happens and it can sometimes derail even the best of intentions.

2022/2023 Stipend

  • 2022-2023 PGY1 – $62,400

Our general guidelines are:

  • No minimum USMLE/COMLEX score requirements, we look at pass/fail only, but do consider number of attempts
  • The ideal applicant would have
    • Been active clinically, either in medical school or working as a physician within the past 6 years
    • A positive Medical School record (a single resolved issue is acceptable)
    • A minimum of 3 LORs with one of them being from an Internal Medicine experience
    • A Personal Statement demonstrating commitment to the Internal Medicine specialty

Required Application Materials:

  • Personal statement demonstrating passion and dedication to the specialty of Internal medicine and future goals
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical School(s) Transcripts
  • US Clinical Experience
    • Outlining number of hours/weeks dedicated to each experience
  • Demonstration of lifelong learning
  • Three letters of recommendation dated within the last year and at least one from an internal medicine faculty member
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts
  • Professional Photograph of yourself

Contact Us

For questions about the program, please email cramirez4@primehealthcare.com

For academic year 2022-2023 feel free to email us for more information.

Contact via email is preferred. Thank you!