About The Department : Department Overview

Department Overview

Overview

Since its establishment in 1952, the Department of Medicine has been the prototype of a clinically active academic program in general internal medicine, hospital medicine and its subspecialties. The Department is staffed by nearly 330 full-time faculty members. The Department’s success relies on the interactive exchange amongst the various specialties within the Department but also within the Medical School and the larger University. The Department is organized into the following subspecialty sections with each represented by nationally recognized leaders in their fields:

Divisions

The faculty is supported by nearly 975 full-time staff members who provide a range of administrative, research, clinical, clerical, and information systems support.

Research Accomplishments

We have faculty in every division who focus on both clinical and translational research with very strong programs in Cancer, Crohn’s and Colitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Lung Disease, Diabetes, Kidney and Vascular Disease and HIV/AIDS. Faculty are members of research centers including Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), Schiff Center for Liver Disease, Katz Center for Renal Disease, Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Gordon Center for Innovation in Education and they play a key role in productive interdisciplinary research efforts within the School of Medicine. The DOM has $36M in federal research awards, and is ranked among academic departments across the country.

Diversity of Faculty and Housestaff

Diversity in the Department of Medicine is a major priority as we seek to build a workforce that reflects the racial and ethnic makeup of the patients that we serve. The Department is highly active in promoting diversity, community based research and understanding toward eliminating health care disparities. We are national leaders in studying the barriers to healthcare in Hispanic populations especially from Latin America and the Carribbean. Along with our pipeline programs for training students, housestaff this has allowed the department to recruit among the largest faculty of Hispanic descent.

Education and Training

The Department of Medicine offers four residency training programs in internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, and 2 innovative primary care programs at JFK Hospital in Palm Beach county and Holy Cross Hospital in Broward county. The Department also offers subspecialty fellowships in cardiology, advanced heart failure, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hepatology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, palliative care, pulmonary and critical care medicine, sleep and rheumatology. The Department of Medicine provides training to approximately 336 residents and fellows each year. House staff provide clinical care in almost every institution within the UHealth, Jackson Health systems, and the VA. We participate with the Harrington Latin American Training Program and host a large number of international trainees. The DOM has a significant number of faculty in leadership roles in both undergraduate and graduate medical education and many have received numerous awards for teaching excellence, locally, regionally and nationally.

Patient Care

The clinical mission of the Department of Medicine encompasses both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Our clinical program includes Jackson Memorial Hospital, the third largest teaching hospital in the United States, with over 1550 inpatient beds and allows the Department to provide care to the most underserved populations. In addition the 560-bed facility University of Miami Hospital and Clinics is the region’s first university-owned, multi-specialty, acute care hospital and the flagship facility of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. With 560 private rooms, UMH provides patients with personalized treatment in a high-quality environment. The Bruce W. Carter Veterans Administration Medical Center has more than 400 beds, of which 81 are acute medical beds including Cardiac and Medical Intensive Care Units.

The Department of Medicine admits approximately 10,000 patients to its inpatient services and sees nearly 250,000 patients in its ambulatory care clinics each year. Each Division in the Department of Medicine has its own subspecialty clinic and consultation service and we are innovators in perioperative management of surgical patients.