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Internal Medicine Categorical Residency

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at IU School of Medicine offers exceptional training in a variety of fields within internal medicine, both clinically and in research. In addition to general internal medicine, residents within the program can follow one of three tracks: primary care, preliminary care or research.

Admission Requirements

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at IU School of Medicine is extremely competitive in its field, receiving more than 2,000 applications each academic year for 36 available positions. The department extends interviews to approximately 200 applicants each year. The application deadline is December 31, and applicants apply to the program via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Selection Criteria

Residents in the Internal Medicine Residency Program have an average USMLE Step I score of 228. All applicants should register their USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK) scores with the department no later than March 1. Failure to provide this information by this deadline negatively impacts an applicant’s position in the rank order list. Applicants should have graduated from medical school within the previous three years.

International graduates are welcome to apply to the program but must have proven clinical experience within the United States. Outpatient experiences and observations without hands-on experience will not be sufficient. IU School of Medicine only accepts J1 Visas.

Internal Medicine Residency Tracks

Residents participating in the Internal Medicine Residency Program can focus on general internal medicine or follow one of three specialty tracks: primary care, preliminary medicine or medical research.

The Primary Care Track is designed for residents wishing to pursue a career in an outpatient clinical setting, including traditional primary care clinics, sports medicine and community office practice. Two residents are accepted into this track each academic year, and residents wishing to apply to this track must do so at the end of their PGY-1 year. This track is flexible, allowing residents the ability to create opportunities for electives and to teach fellow students in outpatient clinics. The primary care track also allows for a modified rotation schedule to achieve more than 50 percent outpatient training and fewer intensive care unit months. Preferential scheduling of desired outpatient electives is offered to residents on this track. PGY2 and PGY3 residents can add a second weekly outpatient clinic rotation in their choice of general medicine or a subspecialty clinic.

The Department of Medicine has partnered with other training programs on the IU School of Medicine – Indianapolis campus to accommodate PGY-1 residents for the preliminary internal medicine internship prerequisite. The department does not have a stand-alone preliminary program with a unique program identifier for applications and acceptance. Preliminary residents are interviewed and matched through the categorical programs in neurology, dermatology anesthesiology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and radiation and oncology. The schedule of rotations is defined by the requirements of the primary departments.

Trainees with established experience in scientific discovery and research methodologies who are interested in pursuing a career as a basic or translational science investigator are encouraged to follow the research track. Although this track requires an additional one-to-two years of training, graduates are well positioned for hire due to the intensive research experience obtained.

Early planning of this track is necessary, as training in research requires more time than standard clinical training. Five years are required to complete the research track for general internal medicine, and six-to-seven years are required for subspecialties and/or added qualifications, depending on the discipline. Two years of full-time clinical training in medicine and three years of research training are required for this track.

During research training, at least 20 percent of each year must be spent in clinical experiences, including at least one half-day per week in a continuity clinic. Individuals choosing subspecialty training complete two years of internal medicine residency training followed by the subspecialty fellowship, including any additional research training the individual program may require. Residents should discuss their research interests with the program director and vice chair for research during the first year of residency. It is possible to earn a PhD while on this track.