The Drexel Internal Medicine Residency's mission is to produce competent, caring physicians who possess all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in practice and subspecialty training. Two training sites, an urban tertiary care center in the heart of Philadelphia and a large state of the art suburban hospital, give our residents exposure to the entire spectrum of patient populations, medical diagnoses, and training experiences. We try to promote a spirit of unity and professionalism among our residents while maintaining high standards for patient care and education.
The Drexel Categorical Medicine program is a three-year training program which is designed to give our residents a foundation for the medical career of their choice. We have 42 positions per year in this program. Residents completing our categorical program will be eligible to sit for certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Graduates have successfully pursued fellowship training and general medicine positions across the country (see graduate placement).
Our aim is to balance critical care, inpatient and outpatient rotations to maximize exposure to the full spectrum of medical diseases. Our primary training site is Hahnemann University Hospital, but our residents also rotate at Abington Memorial Hospital. The primary care continuity clinic experience allows residents to have longitudinal care of outpatients throughout their three years of training, and secondary clinics can be added in the second and third year of training in either general medicine or a subspecialty office.
Third- and fourth-year medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine rotate at both Hahnemann and Abington for their medicine clerkships and subinternships, and on critical care and subspecialty services. This allows our residents a great opportunity to function as educators.
The Drexel Preliminary Medicine program is a one-year training program for those residents with second-year appointments who require one year of internal medicine prior to beginning specialty training. We have 20 preliminary medicine positions who train side-by-side with our categorical residents. Rotations occur at both Hahnemann University Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital. Preliminary interns have gone on to further training in areas such as anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiation oncology and radiology.
Our goal for preliminary interns is to integrate them as seamlessly as possible into the residency program, and maximize their year to fully prepare for their advanced specialty residency. Inpatient rotations for preliminary interns are very similar to those of our categorical interns. A dedicated primary care continuity clinic is not required of preliminary interns. Rotations for preliminary interns parallel the categorical interns, though differ slightly from the “+1” scheduling as there is no Ambulatory week. Protected learning time is incorporated into rotations, and preliminary interns attend the same lectures as their categorical colleagues. They are also assigned to the Firm system with categorical interns, for additional support.
Please note that preliminary interns who will be moving on to anesthesia training programs will be required to rotate in the ICU. Critical care rotations can be requested for other preliminary interns, but are not required.
For Osteopathic Applicants
The Drexel Internal Medicine Residency has trained qualified graduates of osteopathic medical schools for many years. Our intern year can be certified as a DO transition year. Please contact our program director for additional information about requirements for this. We are proud that our osteopathic residents have attained leadership positions in our program, including those who have served as chief medical residents. Many DO residents have also successfully attained fellowship positions in such areas as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases and nephrology.
For International Medical Graduates
The Drexel Internal Medicine Residency recognizes that outstanding physicians come from all over the world. We review all applications to find the most qualified individuals, and do accept international graduates for our residency program. Clinical experience in the United States is highly recommended, but not required. Research experience is also helpful but not required.
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.