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Internal Medicine

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Internal Medicine

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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

Minimal Training Durations:

3 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1-4 Year


Competitiveness: low

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Specialty Overview: 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.


·         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




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Strongly Recommended: Primary Care, ICU experience, Cardiology, Dermatology, Pulmonary.

Recommended: Clinical HIV, ENT, Urology, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics – Outpatient/Sports Medicine




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.

For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency. The fellowships are over 1-4 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 235

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 246

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 29.8

Number of Programs: 444

Number of Positions Available: 7024

Total Number of Applicants: 11733

Total Number of Matched: 6938




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300