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Career Development - Internal Medicine

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.

2019 Officers:

President: Jennifer Mansour

Vice President: Jake Packer

Secretary: Stephanie McNamara

Treasurer: Faisal Kirdar

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.


Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched

B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2016, 2018
Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2019
Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2017
Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2015
Brigham & Womens Hosp-MA BOSTON MA 2015
CA Pacific Med Center SAN FRANCISCO CA 2016, 2017
Cambridge Health Alliance-MA CAMBRIDGE MA 2017
Christiana Care-DE NEWARK DE 2018
CMSRU/Cooper University Hospital-NJ CAMDEN NJ 2017
Eastern VA Med School-VA NORFOLK VA 2015
Emory Univ SOM-GA ATLANTA GA 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
George Washington Univ-DC WASHINGTON DC 2015
GRU-UGA Medical Partnership-GA ATHENS GA 2015
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2015
Hosp of the Univ of PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2015
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
Indiana Univ Sch Of Med INDIANAPOLIS IN 2016
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2016, 2018, 2019
Johns Hopkins Hosp-MD BALTIMORE MD 2015, 2018
Johns Hopkins/Bayview-MD BALTIMORE MD 2016, 2017, 2018
Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2016
Kaiser Permanente-SF-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2016
Kaiser Permanente-SF-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2017, 2018, 2019
Kaiser Perm-Santa Clara-CA SANTA CLARA CA 2015
Kaiser  Permanente-Oakland-CA OAKLAND CA 2018
Keesler AFB BILOXI MS 2018
Kettering Med Ctr-OH KETTERING OH 2017
Loyola Univ Med Ctr-IL MAYWOOD IL 2017, 2019
Massachusetts Gen Hosp BOSTON MA 2017, 2019
Medical University of SC CHARLESTON SC 2017
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2017, 2018
Morehouse Sch of Med-GA ATLANTA GA 2017
Mt Auburn Hospital-MA CAMBRIDGE MA 2016
Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth PORTSMOUTH VA 2015
Naval Medical Center - San Diego SAN DIEGO CA 2015, 2017, 2019
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2016, 2017
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2019
NYU School Of IM NEW YORK NY 2016
Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Olive View-UCLA Med Ctr-CA SYLMAR CA 2015, 2019
Oregon Health & Science Univ PORTLAND OR 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Rhode Island Hosp/Brown Univ PROVIDENCE RI 2015, 2016
Rush University Med Ctr-IL CHICAGO IL 2015, 2016
St Louis Univ SOM-MO ST LOUIS MO 2015, 2019
Temple Univ Hosp-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2015, 2017, 2018
Tripler Army Medical Center TRIPLER AMC HI 2017
Tufts Medical Center-MA BOSTON MA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham BIRMINGHAM AL 2015, 2016, 2017
U Alabama Med Ctr-Montgomery MONTGOMERY AL 2016
U Arizona COM at Tucson TUCSON AZ 2019
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
U Florida COM-Shands Hosp GAINESVILLE FL 2015
U Illinois COM-Chicago CHICAGO IL 2015, 2018
U Iowa Hosps and Clinics IOWA CITY IA 2018
U Kentucky Med Ctr LEXINGTON KY 2018
U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2017
U Massachusetts Med School WORCESTER MA 2015
U North Carolina Hospitals CHAPEL HILL NC 2016, 2018
U Rochester/Strong Memorial-NY ROCHESTER NY 2016
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2016
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2016, 2018
U Tennessee COM-Memphis MEMPHIS TN 2018
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2015
U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2016, 2017
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2015
U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2016, 2017, 2019
U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics MADISON WI 2015, 2018
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2016
UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2016, 2018, 2019
UC San Francisco-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2015, 2019
UCLA Medical Center-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2015, 2017, 2019
University Hospital & Clinics-LA LAFAYETTE LA 2017
University of Virginia CHARLOTTESVIL VA 2016, 2018, 2019
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2017
UT St Thomas Hospitals-TN NASHVILLE TN 2019
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2015, 2018
Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2015, 2018



How Many Programs Should I  Apply To?

The most current data show that ranking 12 IM programs has ~95% match success rate; therefore, the goal should be to obtain about 12 interviews.