Graduate Medical Education


Internal medicine

Our goal is to train our house staff to develop the competencies to practice in a primary care setting, to practice as a hospitalist or to enter subspecialty training with confidence as an osteopathic physician.

This goal is accomplished through:

  • Excellent one-to-one mentoring by a dedicated cadre of approximately 100 volunteer faculty and eight core faculty
  • Flexible tailoring of rotations to best suit our residents' long term career goals
  • Caring for a diverse socioeconomic population with a wide spectrum of disease processes
  • By providing instruction using interactive conferences, web-based learning and simulation

The Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Luke’s is fully accredited by the Council on Post-Doctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association. The program also is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Upon successful completion of the program, our residents take both the American College of Osteopathic Internal Medicine Board examination and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certifying examination. For those residents interested in fellowships, this allows them to pursue both osteopathic and/or allopathic fellowship training opportunities. Our hospital sponsors an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Cardiology.

We are proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. Our program enjoys a high pass rate on both the American College of Osteopathic Internist and the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying examination. Our residents have entered into competitive fellowships at programs such as Wake Forest University, Jefferson Medical College, Vanderbilt University, UMDNJ, St Lukes University Health Hospital, Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center (Michigan), and Virginia Commonwealth University. A growing number of our current teaching faculty are graduates of our program who returned to practice, teach and conduct clinical research at St. Luke’s after completing their fellowships.

The hospital also actively recruits graduates from our program to join our well established and expanding hospitalist practice. For those interested in primary care, the hospital recruitment department assists residents in locating practice opportunities within the extensive St. Luke’s University Health Network sites.

We welcome you to apply to our program. We believe you will find our program provides a first-rate educational experience in a supportive training environment.

Dr. Cara Ruggeri

St. Luke’s University Health Network
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
801 Ostrum Street, EW 4
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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