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Internal Medicine Residency Frequently Asked Questions

What is the selection process?

We receive a very large number of applications every year through ERAS. Because of time and space constraints, fewer than 20 percent of the applicants are selected for interviews, so it is advisable to get your completed application in early. Those applicants selected for interviews will be invited to spend a day with us, to meet our faculty and house staff and to be oriented to our residency program. We are looking for highly motivated and qualified individuals. Once the interview season is completed, applicants are ranked and the match occurs in March of each year.

How many categorical and preliminary positions do you expect to offer?

We expect to have 42 categorical and 20 preliminary internal medicine positions each year.

Where are the rotations performed?

Most of the core rotations are performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. Approximately two months of each year are spent at Abington Memorial Hospital, where a parallel didactic program has been established along with a videoconferencing link to Hahnemann.

Are you compliant with the 80-hour workweek?


What is the salary?

Please note that residents are employees of the hospital, not of the College. The following information is provided on the College of Medicine website for the convenience of the Graduate Medical Education trainees: For the 2015-16 academic year, the PGY-1 salary is $54,809. In addition, residents receive an educational stipend.

What are the work benefits?

Please note that residents are employees of the hospital. The following information is provided on the College of Medicine website for the convenience of the Graduate Medical Education trainees: Basic benefits include health insurance, medical leave, and a matching 401(k) plan. In addition, house staff are provided lab coats, a meal allowance when on call, and an educational stipend. All graduating residents are provided with the internal medicine board review course free of charge. Free parking at all the hospitals is provided to all residents during working hours.

Is housing difficult to find?

Hahnemann University Hospital is located conveniently in Center City Philadelphia. Plenty of affordable housing is close by, and neighborhoods including Rittenhouse Square, Center City and Old City are within walking distance. Public transportation also stops directly at Hahnemann University Hospital via the Orange Broad Street line, Regional Rail, or bus. For those residents who wish to live elsewhere, Hahnemann is convenient to South Jersey, Manayunk and the Main Line. Free parking is provided to all house staff during working hours.

Are there minimum USMLE or COMLEX score requirements?

Applicants must meet minimum exam scores to be considered for an interview. The minimum score for USMLE Step 1 and 2 is 220. For DO applicants who have completed the COMLEX exams, the minimum scores for Levels 1 and 2 is 550.

Does Drexel accept applications from graduates of international medical schools?

Drexel has a very competitive residency program, and we recognize that many outstanding physicians come from all over the world. We will review all applications and are looking for well-trained and highly qualified individuals. We do accept international graduates. Clinical experience in the United States is highly recommended, but not required. Research experience is also helpful but not required. We no longer offer pre-match positions.

A candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States in order to be appointed/employed in our institution. We reserve the right to elect to not hire candidates who require immigration sponsorship, such as the H1B visa, which is no longer sponsored by our institution. We do accept certain non-employer sponsored visas, such as the J1. If you currently, or in the future, require employer sponsorship for a visa status, you must communicate this during the interview process. For more information on the hospital's visa policy, please contact the GME office directly at 215.762.2618.


Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

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