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Penn students applying for a residency in Internal Medicine have been highly successful in the Match. The Department of Medicine is dedicated to helping students through the residency application process. Once students decide they are interested in a career in Medicine, they are assigned to a Department of Medicine faculty advisor who helps guide each student through decisions regarding course selection, residency applications, and residency program selection decisions.

Department of Medicine Faculty Advisors

Jennifer Kogan, MD

Jennifer Kogan

Professor of Medicine

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Keith W. Hamilton, MD

Keith Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

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Course Requirements and Extracurricular Activities

  • Students wishing to apply for Internal Medicine residency should complete the following courses by August 31st of the year in which they are applying.
    1. A sub-internship through the Department of Medicine at either HUP, PPMC, PVAMC and PAH
    2. At least one additional elective in the Department of Medicine
  • Students who receive a “Pass” or “High Pass” in the Medicine 200 clerkship should strongly consider enrolling in an Intensive Care Unit rotation (MICU or CCU at HUP). Students can discuss this with their Department of Medicine faculty advisor.
  • It is strongly recommended that students take the Externship in Outpatient Medicine or enroll in an outpatient specialty elective prior to graduation. Outpatient experience is important since one third of Internal Medicine residency training occurs in the outpatient setting.
  • Other useful rotations to prepare you for Internal Medicine residency include Radiology and Dermatology.
  • Internal Medicine residency programs are looking for diversity in their applicants. Applicants must distinguish themselves either through participation in original research, community service, or leadership activities.

How to Apply for General Internal Medicine Residency

This document contains information that is covered in the October/November "Apply to Internal Medicine Residency" information session. Topics include:

  • Required/recommended courses
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Tips for creating your CV and completing the ERAS application
  • Personal statement
  • Developing a list of programs
  • Information about your Department of Medicine letter meeting
  • Arranging interviews
  • Interviewing
  • Creating your rank list

Applying to Internal Medicine Residency in 10 Easy Steps


This document provides answers to frequently asked questions when applying to Internal Medicine residency programs including information on:

  • Applying to programs
  • Step 2
  • Scheduling interviews
  • The interview day
  • Updating your application
  • Away rotations
  • Second looks
  • Post-interview communication

Frequently Asked Questions

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