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Division of General Internal Medicine

The Division of General Internal Medicine was founded on the principles of delivering excellent care and educating internists who have practiced across the state and region for almost 40 years. As the division has grown, it has also become active in innovative clinical, educational, and research programs, both here on campus and through our affiliated partners.

Our clinical programs offer the opportunity to learn how to provide quality medical care in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Outpatient practices include the Faculty Practice Office, which serves as a private practice for the campus and neighboring community. It offers primary care services, disease-management services and acute-care services. University Health Center, also located on this campus, serves as an additional training site, and offers primary care to patients in the surrounding community. The Baltimore VA Medical Center which serves a large number of veterans is staffed both full and part-time by members of the Division of General Internal Medicine and affiliated practitioners.

In the domain of hospital-based care, our division has been a leader in cost-effective care through the creation of several innovative services for the University of Maryland Medical Center. These services have been critical in addressing patient length-of-stay and charge-per-case for the hospital. In addition, our faculty attend on the inpatient service at the VA Medical Center and on the University Midtown Campus. The Division’s palliative care section is dedicated to offering symptom relief and patient-centered comfort care for advanced stage diseases in an effort to reduce or prevent hospitalizations.

Clinical research activities in General Internal Medicine include federally-funded and pilot initiatives. Federally-funded projects focus on health-information technology applications in chronic disease management, patient safety as it pertains to chronic disease, and clinical epidemiology of chronic kidney disease. Pilot initiatives include projects in rapid response team effectiveness and medical education.  The Division also offers a health screening and medical monitoring service for non-clinician researchers with clinical protocols. The Division’s research staff includes a nurse coordinator, statistical support, and other research specialists. The research environment is fertile with research career development opportunities.

Our division has a strong commitment to the education of medical students and house staff here on campus and at our affiliated institutions. Division members serve in several key campus leadership positions, participate in numerous committees for the school, the hospital, and the practice plans, and oversee, and direct many of the training and educational programs of the Department and School.


Education

The education of medical students and residents remains a core focus of our division. Our residency program is comprised of over 150 residents in the areas of Internal Medicine, Med-Peds, EMIM, and various preliminary programs. Our clinical programs offer students and trainees opportunities to learn and practice medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and our affiliated hospitals and ambulatory centers.

Our hospitalist and ambulatory faculty serve as core teachers for the residents and medical students, providing mentorship and bedside teaching through direct patient encounters, lectures and conferences, and leadership of our residency programs, clerkship, and sub-internship.

Additionally, several of our Med-Peds faculty members possess dual appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and offer education, ambulatory, and hospitalist care via both departments. 


Hospitalist Program

Our GIM hospitalist group is comprised of approximately 30 physicians and 5 physician assistants who provide direct patient care over seven dedicated services. Through four of these services, we directly supervise our medicine house staff and students in the care of a diverse patient population from a large catchment area.

Additionally, our physicians and PAs provide care to our solid organ transplant hospitalist service, short stay observation service, and a sixteen-bed intermediate care unit. The Intermediate Care Unit is specially equipped to provide higher level care in the form of hemodynamic monitoring, invasive procedures such as central venous catheters, bedside hemodialysis, chronic ventilatory support, and transient hemodynamic support. Our hospitalists also provide general medicine consultation services throughout the medical center and facilitate hospital throughput via the medical admitting officer role.


Ambulatory Program

Our ambulatory practice is comprised of 10 attending physicians who provide primary care and preventative health services to the citizens of Baltimore and the surrounding community via the Faculty Practice Office (FPO) and University Health Center (UHC) (link). Our physicians also supervise the residents in their continuity and acute care clinics.

We are well-versed in the treatment of common illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, COPD, and heart disease and offer a robust and established referral process within the University of Maryland Health System to access subspecialty care when needed.


Research and PSQI

Beyond our educational and clinical programs, our division remains active in clinical research. Federally-funded projects focus on high value primary care, health-information technology applications in chronic disease management, and clinical epidemiology of chronic kidney disease. Our pilot initiatives include a patient-centered redesign of hospital discharge instructions, a robust post-discharge call back program, pediatric to adult transitions of care, and initiatives in interprofessional education. 

Our physicians serve a pivotal role in addressing resource utilization, patient safety, quality improvement, and patient satisfaction within both the in- and outpatient setting. In addition, our faculty serve in several key University and Medical Center leadership positions and participate in numerous committees for the School of Medicine, hospital, and ambulatory practices.


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Jeffrey C. Fink, M.D., M.S.  




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To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, call 1-800-492-5538.