Kimberly Bird, MD, FCCP, FAASM
IM Residency Program Director

To train competent primary care internal medicine physicians to deliver the highest quality of care with humility, compassion and integrity for all patients while also serving as a patient advocate and a leader in the medical community

The Sovah Health - Danville Internal Medicine Residency Program began in 2010 as a result of the repetitive requests from osteopathic medical students doing clinical rotations at Sovah Health - Danville who liked their experience so much that they asked to return for residency. The Program has had many graduates that have been selected for osteopathic or allopathic fellowships in Cardiology, Critical Care, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, and Nephrology.

The Sovah Health - Danville Internal Medicine Residency Program is an 8-8-8 program that incorporates inpatient and outpatient medicine learning experiences with sub-specialty rotations and osteopathic manipulative medicine to create a dynamic educational process. In the IM Continuity Clinic, residents develop outpatient care skills and learn practice management.  Sovah Health - Danville offers a wide variety of practice experiences as it is based in a semi-rural federally designated primary care underserved area. The hospital provides robust emergency medicine, inpatient medicine, and critical care services in a community based setting.  The Sovah Health cardiology program is closely aligned with Duke University Cardiology enabling Sovah Health IM Residents to receive world class cardiovascular care learning opportunities. Our program provides a well-rounded educational experience to allow internal medicine residents to become a physician ready to meet the needs of their patients or to pursue sub-specialty fellowship programs.

Graduates consistently feel that the extraordinary medical pathology admitted to the teaching services is a real asset to the program along with the “closed” ICU format. The ICU at Sovah Health - Danville is directed by Dr. Kimberly Bird, IM Program Director, who is a pulmonary critical care physician. On the ICU rotation, the resident team takes its own call, providing unique continuity of care during the 4-week block. Daily multi-disciplinary rounds including clinical pharmacy, respiratory therapy and nursing provides a dynamic bedside teaching experience along with daily ICU-centric didactic sessions held within the unit.

The IM Residency promotes Scholarly Activities for all residents. Several resident-initiated clinical studies have been completed to improve hospital care processes and numerous Case Reports and Clinical Studies have been selected for poster presentations at regional research days and national medical meetings.


  1. Create a learning environment that fosters excellence in Internal Medicine Education
  2. Provide quality health care for patients
  3. Ensure that the core competencies are the foundation of teaching
  4. Promote community involvement and service to Danville, VA
  5. Create an environment of inquiry and advanced learning
  6. Encourage continued advancement through faculty development and scholarship

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