INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY OVERVIEW
Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) is a vibrant tertiary care medical center with a primary mission of ensuring military readiness through the delivery of quality health care. Tripler’s campus is the primary teaching site for our residency’s core inpatient and outpatient rotations.
The Internal Medicine Residency at Tripler is accredited to train 36 residents. Our program is a combined military and Veterans Affairs (VA) program. The majority of our trainees are active duty Army resident physicians. The others are VA-sponsored civilians. US citizenship is required for all trainees. The residency program had a 93 percent American Board of Internal Medicine examination pass rate from 2008-2010.
Tripler serves a beneficiary population of nearly 500,000 people. There are about 75,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines assigned to Hawaii. In addition to active duty service members and their families, Tripler serves a large population of military retirees and their family members. Additionally, the Spark Matsunaga VA Medical Center is co-located at Tripler. Tripler serves as the inpatient facility for this population of VA beneficiaries.
The Pacific Island Health Care Program is a consultative service for underserved Pacific Islanders living in such places as the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia. Select patients who uniquely benefit graduate medical education are accepted into the program and transported to TAMC for definitive care.
Our facility, the largest military medical treatment facility in the Pacific Basin, has a catchment area of approximately 52 percent of the earth’s surface. In addition to Hawaii, Tripler is the tertiary medical center for military beneficiaries in Japan, Korea, Guam, American Samoa, and other Asia and Pacific Island nations.
Tripler has about 200 inpatient beds. In addition to internal medicine, there are graduate education programs in general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, urology, transitional year, oral surgery, pharmacy, and health care administration. In a typical day, more than 2,000 patients are seen in outpatient clinic visits, more than 1,500 prescriptions are filled, more than 30 surgical procedures are performed, and more than 30 patients are admitted. There are more than 200 births each month.
Aloha from Tripler Army Medical Center, our “Pink Palace”
One of Hawaii’s famous double rainbows with Tripler in the distance