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What Does Training Look Like?

Internal Medicine training lasts three years. There are several combined residencies, like internal medicine-peds (med-peds), med-neuro, med-psych, which last four or five years. From any of these, there are numerous options to specialize which will require additional fellowship training. This usually means two to three years' training after residency.

Sub-specialties include adolescent medicine, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, allergy and immunology, cardiovascular disease, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, critical care medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine, hospital medicine, infectious disease, interventional cardiology, nephrology, oncology, pulmonary disease, rheumatology, sleep medicine, sports medicine, and transplant hepatology.

What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

This varies widely. Clinic-based physicians generally work 8:00-6:00, with some coverage by phone on the weekends. Hospital-based physicians typically work a set schedule, like one week "on" in the hospital, followed by one week "off."
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to internal medicine include:

  • Communication, communication, communication!
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
Shadowing Opportunities

All Tulane medical students will get some exposure to shadowing Internal Medicine faculty and residents in their Year 2 Clinical Diagnosis course. Additional shadowing can be discussed by contacting Dr. Jessica DeBord (Foundations in Medicine course director), Dr. Elma LeDoux (Clinical Diagnosis course director), or Dr. Chayan Chakraborti (Director of Student Programs).
Research Opportunities

We have over 100 faculty in the department of medicine, and there are research opportunities available in most areas. One way to find out about research in the department and to make some contacts is to attend our research conference. These are held the 3rd Monday of the month at noon in the 7th floor library (room 7001) of the School of Medicine building.


Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

The C. Thorpe Ray Society is dedicated to promoting the ideals and interests of the field of Internal Medicine through both social and academic functions. Participation in this organization provides students with additional opportunities to pursue an interest and increase knowledge in the field of Internal Medicine. Group functions also provide students with the opportunity to interact with the Internal Medicine faculty on an informal basis. The Society’s monthly academic meetings cover a broad range of topics that allow for learning and discussion of issues important to Internal Medicine. Through participation, students become more prepared for their clinical experiences in the field of Internal Medicine. The old tradition of the rorning report has taken on new form as part of the Society’s yearlong series of luncheons, round-table discussions, and increasingly, interactive problem solving sessions. Social events hosted by the C. Thorpe Ray Society include the Annual Wine & Cheese party and a Residency Match Panel. The Society also has the honor of presenting the Medicine Clerkship Award to the most outstanding student of each third year Medicine rotation.

2019 Officers:

President: Amaraoma Ugoji

Vice President: Anna Hodges

Treasurer: Brennan Gagen

Secretary: Katie Jolin

IM Subspecialties Club. The IM Subspecialties Club is for students who want to learn more about subspecialties in internal medicine.

2018 Officers:

President: Matthew Moore

Vice President: Maya Mahendran

Secretary: Chris Kontoghiorghes

Treasurer: Torrence Tran

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

There are no IM elective opportunities available for T3's, while they complete the core internal medicine clerkship. Within the clerkship, students will do two weeks of a subspecialty and will get to choose between cardiology, renal, gastroenterology, infectious disease, and hematology-oncology. As a T4 who is interested in applying to IM residency, an acting internship (AI) rotation in IM is strongly encouraged. Aside from this rotation, there are over 50 elective choices for internal medicine; choose any that appeal to you. Aside from the AI, elective choice will not affect residency application.


Specialty Statistics

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match")

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying to this residency.

Important Advice

Applying to Internal Medicine is generally not competitive, provided you apply to a range of programs.

Try to develop a working relationship with one or more IM faculty who can give you feedback on various parts of your ERAS application, including your personal statement and places to apply.

How Many Programs Should I  Apply To?

Available data suggests that a competitive candidate should apply to 20-30 programs in order to match.