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Welcome to the Primary Care Track in the Creighton University Internal Medicine Residency Program!

Our program is a fully accredited three-year Internal Medicine Program with additional focus in Primary Care Medicine. At the completion of training, residents are Board eligible by the ABIM with an addiontal certification in Primary care and a pathway to fellowship training, academic medicine or practice opportunities.


Message from Dr. David Gonzales, Associate Program Director, Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

Welcome to the Creighton Department of Internal Medicine and thank you for your interest in the Primary Care Track.

The need for primary care physicians has never been greater. By 2030, there will be a shortfall of 21,400 to 55,200 primary care physicians to serve our nation. General Internists play a huge role in caring for adult patients. The aging US population will require more highly skilled Internists to care for patients with multiple chronic diseases. Unfortunately, many our future doctors don’t think about a career in General Internal Medicine. To make matters worse, General Internal medicine physician numbers have been declining for the past several decades. Several studies have found several reasons for this decline. One of the many solutions to reverse this trend is to tailor our traditional curriculum to focus on Primary Care.

The Primary Care track at Creighton is designed to graduate highly skilled and competent General Internists who can meet the challenge of our constantly changing health care environment. Please explore.


Our Mission

"General Internal Medicine physicians provide patients with a full range of treatment, from primary to complex care – the General Internist takes care of the most complicated adult patients with chronic illnesses and multiple co-morbidities and also cares for young, healthy patients.” – SGIM: Proud to be GIM

Health care in the United States has a problem: too many specialists and not enough primary care physicians, especially General Internists. The reasons for the poor turnout of primary care oriented internists are many: emphasis on training of hospitalized patients, less compensation, less respect, etc. One study showed that many trainees who are interested in primary care at the start of their training ended up losing their interest due to unsatisfying experiences. Other studies have shown that primary care curriculums that provide fulfilling experiences in ambulatory Internal Medicine can reverse this trend. Many Internal Medicine residency programs have adopted a primary care track with great success.


Our Goals

We propose the creation of primary care track with the following goals in mind:

  • New and innovative delivery systems to improve patient care and ease of practice
  • Provide state of the art care of our diverse patient populations
  • Emphasis on caring for our elderly patients and the prevention of hospitalization
  • Leadership QI and Scholarly training
  • Expansion of continuity clinic sites
  • An excellent continuity clinic experience – PCMH certified
  • Expansion of ambulatory subspecialty training (i.e., Orthopedics, Dermatology, Pain Management, Telemedicine, etc.)
  • Grow your own – retain talented Creighton graduates to serve at CHI clinics

Interested in Ambulatory Internal Medicine?

Why Primary Care?

  • Need for well-trained and compassionate General Internists in our current health care crises to address
    • Access
    • Value
    • Quality of care
  • General Internists take care of both chronic and acute conditions with emphasis on prevention
  • Need for coordination of care with subspecialists for complex patients
  • Need for General Internists to take care our aging and expanding population
  • Provide leadership in clinical medicine, academics, community outreach and patient advocacy
  • Primary care work = nice work/life balance

What is the difference between a Primary Care Track and Categorical Track?

  • Emphasis on rotations in ambulatory medicine to better prepare the resident for needed skills as a primary care physician
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Dermatology
    • Diabetic Education
    • ENT
    • Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE
    • Head/Movement Disorders
    • Midlands Clinic
    • Ophthalmology
    • Pain Clinic
    • PM&R
    • Podiatry
    • Psychiatry
    • Rural Health
    • Sports Medicine
    • Underserved Populations
    • Urology
    • Women’s Health
    • Wound Care
    • Other rotations available
  • Less emphasis on inpatient rotations
  • More outpatient weeks of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology
  • One half day per week of continuity clinic at either Bergan Mercy or VA
  • Work closely with the General Internal Medicine faculty and subspecialists
  • Flexible program design to meet individual interests of the resident. Primary Care Track residents rotate through the same inpatient clinical rotations as Categorical residents, but have additional dedicated time devoted to primary care medicine
  • Mentorship with experienced GIM faculty
  • Primary Care Track has a separate match through its unique National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match number
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David V. Gonzales, MD
David Gonzales
Professor and Chief
Division of General Internal Medicine
Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine Primary Care and Rural Track
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Kevin Embach
Kevin Embach
Director, Primary Care Track
Core Faculty
General Internal Medicine
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Carleigh Golden, M.D.
Carleigh Golden, M.D.
Core Faculty
General Internal Medicine
carleighkoenck@creighton.edu
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Mary Kay Waltz
Senior Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Education
mkwaltz@creighton.edu

Primary Care Track (6 months)

First Year

July

August

September

October

November

December

Wards

Night Float

Primary Care Track

OP Cards

Wards

Pulm Consults

 Transition Curriculum

 

 ITE

Flu Shot Blitz

 

 

 Holiday Food Drive

Resident Night Out

January

February

March

April

May

June

Wards

ER

ID Consults

ICU

Amb Subspecialty

Primary Care Track

 

Research Workshops

GHHS Thank a Resident

Research Workshop

 

Awards Banquet  

QI Symposium

 Supervisor Retreat

Resident Appreciation Day

Second Year

July

August

September

October

November

December

ICU

Hem/Onc

Pulm Consults

Primary Care Track

Endocrine

Renal Consult

 

 ITE

 Flu Shot Blitz

 

 

 Holiday Food Drive

Resident Night Out

January

February

March

April

May

June

Night Float

Primary Care Track

Amb Subspecialty

Wards

Neuro

Research

 

 Research Workshops

GHHS Thank a Resident

Research Workshop

 

Awards Banquet

QI Symposium

Awards Banquet

Resident Appreciate Day

Third Year

July

August

September

October

November

December

Primary Care Track

ICU

Rheum Consult

Primary Care Track

Primary Care

Cards

 

ITE

Flu Shot Blitz

 

 

Holiday Food Drive

Resident Night Out

January

February

March

April

May

June

Women's Health

Geriatrics

Wards

Cards

Elective

Elective

 

Research Day

GHHS Thank a Resident

Research Workshop

 

Awards Banquet

QI Symposium

Awards Banquet

Resident Appreciate Day

Academics

  • For both tracks
    • Opportunity for research
    • Quality project
    • Wednesday afternoon educational sessions
    • Ambulatory topics prior to each continuity clinic
    • Opportunity to join American College of Physicians (ACP) and/or Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

Our current residents are helping to shape the future of Primary Care through their commitment to patient care.

Primary Care Interns 2022-2023 

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Hasaan Ahmed
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Theodore Nguyen
Hasaan Ahmed Theodore Nguyen

First Year Residents

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Emily Dyer
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Anirudh Palicherla
Emily Dyer Anirudh Palicherla

Second Year Residents

  
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Brittney Justice
Brittney Justice

CHI Bergan Mercy Clinic

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CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy
  • Adjacent to Bergan Mercy Hospital
  • Mixed practice with GIM faculty
  • Participate as member of a General Medicine Practice

Omaha VA Medical Center

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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
  • Dedicated resident clinic
  • Located East Omaha
  • Work in new VA outpatient center

Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track

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