|History of the Program
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Columbia University Medical Center is committed to providing an unparalleled training experience to students, residents and fellows in an atmosphere that fosters excellence in research, education and clinical care. This is clearly demonstrated by a look at the program's history.
The Presbyterian Hospital was founded in 1868, and it entered into a permanent alliance with Columbia University in 1921. This union culminated in 1928 as the country’s first academic medical center established its current location in Washington Heights. Since 1928, our program has graduated nearly 2,000 physicians, many of whom are now leaders in their respective fields. Under the affiliation agreement, the members of the hospital's medical staff hold appointments as faculty in the Department of Medicine.
New York Presbyterian is the primary teaching hospital for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. On January 1, 1998, The Presbyterian Hospital announced its merger with New York Hospital, creating New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell.
In November 2003, our name was changed from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
The Mission of New York-Presbyterian Hospital is to provide:
- High quality and compassionate patient care
- Outstanding clinical education to physicians, biomedical scientists and other health care personnel
- Innovative health care research and biomedical science
- Responsible and proactive community service
- Unmatched service to patients, families and visitors
Please feel free to contact us for more information. To learn more about activities within the Department of Medicine, please visit the Department’s Web site.