I am honored to be writing my first message for the Forum as the Residency Program Director. This journal, now in its 17th edition, continues to exemplify the dedication, inquisitiveness, passion and talent of our Internal Medicine residents.

It has been an exciting year of changes at Jefferson, which began with Dr. Gregory Kane being appointed Chair of the Department of Medicine. As a new Program Director I could not have asked for a leader who is more dedicated to the educational needs of the residents, and has such a keen understanding of the ever changing residency training environment. This year has also brought the continued growth of our primary care training program under the leadership of Dr. Jason Ojeda, and the implementation of geographic patient placement. These are just a few of the many innovations that have been made in order to ensure Jefferson continues to deliver exceptional patient care, while decreasing length of stay and shifting focus to the outpatient realm.