Categorical Track

Categorical Track



The Categorical training track is the traditional track at UVA and emphasizes training in general internal medicine with a focus on subspecialty and hospital-based practice.

Numerous outpatient opportunities in internal medicine are included in this track.

In addition to providing a core base of rotations on general internal medicine clinics and wards, the program provides numerous consultative specialty rotations which expose the resident to both inpatient and outpatient problems for which referral is needed.

Distinctive Features

  • Rotations through an inpatient Hematology-Oncology Service, Digestive Health Service, and Acute Cardiology Service in addition to the General Medicine Services. This allows for inpatient exposure to both general internal medicine and the major subspecialties taught by subspecialists.
  • weiss-team.pngRotations through the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit with curriculum stressing the fundamentals of hemodynamics, mechanical ventilation and ample opportunity for bedside procedures. During their time in the MICU, residents will be leaders of the code team for the entire hospital.
  • Many opportunities for the intern and resident to perform procedures including central venous lines, arterial lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, as well as ventilator management.
  • The ability to tailor elective time to maximize exposure to a wide range of internationally recognized faculty in clinical and research venues.
  • An intensive course in clinical investigation during the second year of residency. This course teaches residents the essential skills needed for developing sound research proposals. (see Resident Research)

Graduates of the residency program consistently match at their top choices in fellowships at highly competitive programs throughout the country. This track prepares residents for a career in general internal medicine or for further subspecialty training, and is ideal preparation for a hospitalist career.

For further information about the Categorical Track, please write, call, or e-mail:

Gerald R. Donowitz, M.D.
Professor and Residency Program Director
Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
P.O. Box 801343, UVA Health System
Charlottesville, VA 22908-1343