Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System


We are excited to offer our new Pathways program to second and third year Categorical residents. The Pathways program provides residents the opportunity to develop an area of expertise in one of the following four tracks: Research, Ultrasound, Clinician Educator, or Health Systems Leadership. Residents have a three-week block in both second and third year as well as two half-days during each ambulatory block (every fourth week) as protected time to complete their Pathway work. This is a wonderful opportunity for professional development, mentorship, skills development and scholarly activity in an area that interests you!

Read more about individual pathways:


Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is rapidly becoming an important tool in patient diagnostics and safety. At Highland many of us have had great success in using POCUS to make quick, real-time decisions about our patient’s care. The Internal Medicine Ultrasound Pathway teaches residents in the use of POCUS by hands-on instruction, independent learning and practice, and teaching colleagues. Our goal is to have residents graduate with the skills required to integrate POCUS into patient care with confidence. 

Clinician Educator

The Clinician Educator Pathway is designed for residents interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine with a focus on teaching and education. Through its “resident as teacher” curriculum, the pathway provides opportunities for participants to apply theories of education in a real-world setting and obtain structured feedback of their teaching from faculty and colleagues. With mentorship, pathway participants also work on a longitudinal project with the goal of improving the educational environment at Highland. The pathway is ideal for those interested in honing their teaching and leadership skills during residency. 

Health Systems Leadership

The Health Systems Leadership Pathway is a two-year program for residents interested in driving change and innovation at a system level. Residents will have the opportunity to interface with organizational leaders through dedicated mentorship, one-on-one interviews, and committee participation. A two-year reading curriculum with selections from the Harvard Business Review, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the New England Journal will expose residents to perspectives of thought leaders in the field. The focal point of the pathway is the Legacy Project, a robust, self-sustaining innovation that lives on even after residents complete their training at Highland. 


The Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Research Pathway is a 2-year longitudinal program that allows select residents a more in depth exposure to the fundamentals of clinical research.  The program provides dedicated research time, a dedicated research mentor, and the availability of resources to supplement your education in clinical research.  It is expected that residents accepted into this program will present their scholarly activity and regional and national meetings with the goal of aiming for a peer-reviewed published manuscript.