Internal Medicine
 

Overview of the Specialty

Internal medicine is a broad-based specialty encompassing the body's major organ systems. The general internist is a physician who provides care in the office and the hospital, managing both common and complex problems in adolescents, adults and the elderly. Internists are expert diagnosticians who diagnose and treat a spectrum of acute and chronic illnesses, promote health and help prevent disease. They are also trained in the essentials of primary care which involves an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of three years of postgraduate education in an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency training program. There were 396 internal medicine residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 6,770 categorical positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Internal medicine residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

Low

Low

Low

Low

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

6770

6524

6277

5277

% U.S. Seniors matched*

98%

98%

97%

98%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

22

59

35

51

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

78

63

78

55

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

For a list of WUSM match statistics for the past several years, please visit Search for WUSM Statistics. You will need to log in with your Medpriv account.

Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an internal medicine residency training program is available in a wide range of fields. Certifiable subspecialties include: cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious diseases, medical oncology, nephrology, pulmonary disease and rheumatology. Added certificates of qualifications can be obtained in adolescent medicine, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, clinical and laboratory immunology, critical care medicine, geriatric medicine and sports medicine. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. Further information can be obtained from the American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page.
American Medical Association (AMA)

FREIDA

The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University is committed to training physician scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the combined MD-PhD degree through the clinical and post-doctoral research training years, culminating in a full-time academic appointment.

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website: The Department of Medicine

Faculty Contacts:  Internal Medicine

Melvin Blanchard, MD

   362-8065

mblanchard@wustl.edu

Amy Loden, MD

362-8065

aloden@wustl.edu

Geoffrey Cislo, MD

362-8065

gcislo@wustl.edu

Tom De Fer, MD, FACP

362-8050

tdefer@wustl.edu

Kathryn Diemer, MD

   362-6251

diemerk@wustl.edu

Megan Wren, MD

362-8050

mwren@wustl.edu

EP Barrette, MA, MDE

362-8065

ernie-paulbarrette@wustl.edu

Emily Fondahn, MD

747-0274

efondahn@wustl.edu


Internal Medicine Elective Recommendations

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National Organizations

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Physicians (Internal Medicine)
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Geriatrics Society
American College of Cardiology

At A Glance
Training
3 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
 
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Cardiology 1 year
Critical Care 1-2 yrs
Endocrinology 3 years
Gastroenterology 3 years
Geriatrics & Nutrition 2 years
Hermatology & Oncology 3 years
Infectious Diseases 2 years
Medical Genetics 2-4 years
Renal 2 years
Pulmonary 2 years
Rheumatology 2 years
Sports Medicine 1 year
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $211,000
Median, Clinical Salary $229,000
Source:AAMC