Internal Medicine Residency

Welcome from the program directors

Program Directors

Jim O'Dell, MD
Jim O'Dell, M.D.
Program Director

Rachel Bonnema, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Emily Leasure, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Chad Vokoun, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Chief Residents


Program Administration

Trek Langenhan
Trek Langenhan, M.D.
UNMC Chief
Urmilla Mukherjee
Urmila Mukherjee, M.D.
VA Cheif

Erin Blaszak
Administrator, Division of Education
Compliance Manager, Academic Affairs

Kristi Graybill
Residency Program Coordinator

Our Internal Medicine training program is one of the premier residencies in the nation.  Our training is rigorous (reflected by the longest streak in the nation for 100% of our residents passing the Boards, 14 years and counting), but we are small enough to assure that our residents receive personal attention, and that no one gets lost in the crowd.  UNMC Internal Medicine residents are highly intelligent and very motivated, but (perhaps reflecting our Midwestern roots) friendly, outgoing, and fun to work and play with.

The UNMC campus might not be recognizable to people who trained here just a few years ago.  Many new research and clinical buildings have sprung up, reflecting our surge in academic activity and renown.  Our residents work alongside faculty with national reputations in many internal medicine subspecialties, and many choose to pursue fellowship training at highly-competitive programs across the country or here at home.

UNMC is also a national leader in training superb generalist physicians (we were ranked #6 by US News & World Report in Primary Care).  On the inpatient side, several of our hospitalists win annual teaching awards.  In the outpatient setting, our innovative Midtown Clinic, which is an interprofessional, resident-run clinic (providing house staff with practical schooling in how to run a real medical practice).  It also recently was NCQA-certified as a patient-centered medical home.

American health care is evolving, and successful internists of the future will need training not just in the bread-and-butter care of individual patients with organ-specific diseases.  They will need training in methods of patient safety and quality improvement, interprofessional and team-based care, management of aging and increasingly multimorbid patients, and more.  UNMC’s Internal Medicine department includes faculty leaders in all these areas, and we are committed to assuring that our house staff receive  the kind of training that produces not just supremely competent internists at graduation, but internists with the motivation and skills to continue educating themselves for the rest of their careers.