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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Program Director: Sarkis Arabian, DO |
Associate Program Director: Debra Craig, MD |
Residency Coordinator: Rebecca (Becky) Rivera |
Telephone: 909-580-6343
Address: 400 North Pepper Ave., Colton, CA 92324

Mission Statement

“The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center aims to train our residents to be compassionate, devoted, and well-versed internists by balancing academic goals with clinical diversity within a supportive and shared learning environment. We intend to uphold guiding principles to provide exemplary and up to date medical care to all whom come before us with uncompromising dedication, convey the latest scientific knowledge to the bedside, and to train our residents to be leaders in the current and future healthcare systems as we advance the art of medicine.”

A State-of-the-Art Hospital with Faculty and Resources Committed to Resident Education

The ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center began in June 2014 and offers a fully accredited 3-year training program in internal medicine. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is an ideal location for training in Internal Medicine. The academic environment, the diverse patient population, the well-trained Internal Medicine attending physicians, and the exposure to a great variety of illnesses will help ensure the training of a well-rounded, highly skilled internist. The academic portion of the program entails morning case conferences, monthly journal clubs, board review sessions [ACP Board Review, MKSAP review, UWorld Board Review], lectures in a variety of internal medicine topics, and pre-clinic talks. As ARMC is a County hospital, the Internal Medicine residents are also supervised by Internal Medicine attending physicians who have both academic and clinic experiences. Bedside teaching, mini-lectures, and feedback are a routine part of daily rounds on in-patient rotations and continuity clinic. Finally, the variety of disease processes and management of severe illnesses will ensure that the trainee has a broad exposure to diverse illnesses and becomes a competent and caring internist.

Letter from the Program Director
2019-2020 Medical Residents

2020-2021 Salary & Benefits

Resident Compensation and Benefits Information

*Receipt(s) required for reimbursement. Reimbursement dependent upon meeting educational requirements. Discounted meals, lab coats/scrubs and call rooms will be provided.

Year I

Gross Salary: $57,575.16 (see breakdown below)

  • Salary: $56,830
  • Educational Allowance*: $1,200.00
  • Annual Mileage Allowance: $745.16

Year II

Gross Salary: $59,827.16 (see breakdown below)

  • Salary: $59,082
  • Educational Allowance*: $1,200.00
  • Annual Mileage Allowance: $745.16

Year III

Gross Salary: $62,472.16 (see breakdown below)

  • Salary: $61,727
  • Educational Allowance*: $1,200.00
  • Annual Mileage Allowance: $745.16


ACGME – Internal Medicine Residency Program


  • Medicine (Inpatient) – 6 months
  • General Medicine (Ambulatory) – One ½ day/per week
  • Cardiology – 1 month
  • Emergency Medicine – 1 month
  • Geriatrics – 1 month
  • MICU (Medicine Intensive Care Unit) – 1 month
  • Psychiatry – 1 month
  • Women’s Health – 1 month
  • Vacation – 4 weeks


  • Medicine (Inpatient) – 6 rotations
  • General Medicine (Ambulatory Experience) – 3-4 ½ days/per week
  • Clinic rotation – 1 rotation
  • Consults & Procedures/NF – 1 rotation
  • Gastroenterology (GI) – 1 rotation
  • MICU (Medicine Intensive Care Unit) – 1 rotation
  • Neurology – 1 rotation
  • Pulmonary – 1 rotation
  • Rheumatology – 1 rotation
  • Vacation – 4 weeks


  • Medicine (Inpatient) – 4 rotations
  • General Medicine (Ambulatory Experience) – 3-4 ½ days/per week
  • Clinic rotation – 1 rotation
  • Consults & Procedures/NF – 1 rotation
  • Electives – 2 rotations
  • Endocrinology – 1 rotation
  • Hem/Onc – 1 rotation
  • Infectious Diseases – 1 rotation
  • MICU (Medicine Intensive Care Unit) – 1 rotation
  • Nephrology (Renal) – 1 rotation
  • Vacation – 4 weeks

How to Apply

If you are interested in the ARMC Internal Medicine residency program, we participate in the NRMP (National Residency Match Program). We offer 12 (ACGME) positions each year. Applicants are required to apply through ERAS ( the Electronic Residency Application Service and include the following:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean’s letter
  • Photo
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least 1 from Internal Medicine, preferably 2)

In addition to the above materials Graduates from International Medical Schools (IMG’s) must also include: **


  • Must have graduated from medical school within the last four years
  • Six (6) months of clinical experience in the US (Research, Observer, or shadowing may not be substituted)
  • Minimum score (USMLE): 220 - Step 1; 235 - Step 2
  • We DO NOT sponsor any Visas

Applicants will be invited for interviews in October, November, and December.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

ARMC is San Bernardino’s premier public hospital and is situated in Colton, California. Colton is located at the western edge of San Bernardino in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. We are served by 2 major L.A. County airports – Los Angeles International (LAX) and Ontario International (ONT), as well as John Wayne International (SNA) in Orange County. We are located at the nexus of the San Bernardino (I-10), Riverside/San Bernardino (215), Foothill (210), and Ontario-Devore (I-15) freeways.

The outwardly graceful design belies a structural integrity skeleton and architecture built to withstand a magnitude 8.3 level earthquake. Three helipads on the hospital grounds facilitate critical patient transport from all points in the San Bernardino County. Local freeway exits, bus service, and extensive parking allow for easy patient, staff, and physician access.

ARMC is a state-of-the-art, acute care facility embracing advanced technology in all patient care and support areas. New technologies such as a Digital Imaging system – the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), enable imaging access from any clinical area. Add a Hospital-wide networked computer system, full function onsite Medical Library, Tele-conferencing, and multi-disciplinary residency programs in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry; one can see unlimited potential for first class medical education. Combine the above with a challenging and wide-ranging caseload and you have the foundation for a rewarding career in postgraduate medical training.

ARMC offers the latest in patient care by providing a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, three off campus community health centers, Department of Behavioral Health’s inpatient activities, numerous specialty services, and the only burn center serving San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. Freeway access, shuttle service and locale as an Omnitrans bus hub makes ARMC convenient to county residents.

The hospital and behavioral health facilities are comprised of 456 (90 behavioral health and 366 hospital) inpatient rooms, most of which are private. ARMC has been designated as a stroke center. The Emergency Department is a Level II Trauma Center, One of the busiest ER’s in California serving the nations’ largest county and consists of 45 ER beds, 8 dedicated trauma beds, 3 law enforcement holding rooms, and ON-site MICN Directed Base Station - Annual ER volume > 100,000. The helicopter landing area can accommodate both standard medi van helicopters and military helicopters. The outpatient care center consists of 109 examination rooms and 8 procedure rooms.

ARMC remains one of the most technologically advanced health care institutions in the entire country. It is also seismically sound, capable of withstanding an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, and is designed to remain self-sufficient and functional for a minimum 72 hours.

Location and Points of Interest

In addition to the spectacular year round Southern California climate, all manner of recreational and fun options abound. Here a just a few takes on SoCal life:

Like the outdoors and mountains? We are 20 minutes from the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear areas, which provide recreational activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, water skiing, and snow skiing. Enjoy the sun and surf? Within a 60 minute drive West, Southwest, or South you could find surfing, jet skiing, sailing and swimming at many of the famous Southland beaches like Malibu, Sunset, Long Beach, Huntington, Laguna, and Newport. Like off-roading, trail riding, or exploring the Southwest? Within an hour drive east is the vast California desert, home to Death Valley, Mojave, Barstow and the famous Route 66, as well as the western Arizona and southern Nevada borders (Grand Canyon, Laughlin or Las Vegas anyone?).

Like sports? Los Angeles/Orange County is home to many major professional sports teams such baseball’s Dodgers and Angels, basketball’s Lakers and Clippers, and the NHL Kings and Anaheim Ducks. For the NFL, the L.A Chargers and L.A. Rams are just 60 minutes west in Los Angeles. If you are into collegiate sports, you’ll need to check out the top ranked UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans for their football, basketball and baseball programs.

Crave some shopping, dining or entertainment? Within 30 minutes, you can reach Ontario Mills, Victoria Gardens, and Montclair Plaza. A little further out brings the Irvine Spectrum, the Laguna Hills Arts colony and the Cabazon Outlet mall. Nearby world-class entertainment venues include Disneyland, Universal Studios, Legoland, Hollywood, the Honda Center, and Staples Center. For popular and classical concerts as well as first run theatre, the Orange County, Long Beach, and Cerritos Performing Arts Centers, Universal, Ahmanson, Shubert, and Pantages theatres, and many other smaller civic theatres have terrific and varied schedules.

Whether you like the crisp, mile-high mountain air or the warm, dry desert climate, you’ll find it in the San Bernardino County area.