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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.

For more information, visit the How to Apply page.

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.

For more information about these positions, visit the Programs page.

Are there minimum USMLE or COMLEX score requirements?

In order to be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet minimum exam scores. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 minimum scores are 220. COMLEX minimum scores for Level 1 and Level 2 are 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. All residency positions are filled through the match, and we do not offer pre-match positions.

A candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States in order to be appointed/employed within 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.

For more information, visit the How to Apply page.

What rotations are included in each PGY schedule?

PGY-1:

Inpatient Medicine

20-24 weeks

Critical Care

4-8 weeks

Night Float

4-6 weeks

Electives

4-6 weeks (categorical), 10-14 weeks (preliminary)

Outpatient

10 weeks

Emergency Medicine (for osteopathic interns)

4 weeks

PGY-2:

Inpatient Medicine

9-13 weeks

Critical Care

4-6 weeks

Progressive Care Unit

3 weeks

Night Float

2-4 weeks

Triage

2-4 weeks

Electives

8-10 weeks

Outpatient

13 weeks

PGY-3:

Inpatient Medicine

3-6 weeks

Critical Care

3-6 weeks

Night Float

2-4 weeks

Triage

2-4 weeks

Electives

10-12 weeks

Outpatient

13 weeks

For additional information on the schedules and rotations, please visit the Rotations page.

Are research electives offered?

Research electives are available to all residents during their residency. A research proposal, either as part of an existing project or a new IRB submission, needs to be submitted and a faculty mentor identified prior to the start of the elective.

How does the program address work hour policies?

The program adheres to all ACGME work hour policies. Schedules are designed to ensure work hour compliance. The program encourages open and honest reporting through work hour submission in New Innovations. The program reviews any violations and addresses any issues.

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: The hospital has published the 2018-19 academic year salaries, including the annual PGY-1 salary of $58,147.

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.

For more information, visit the Benefits page.

Is there a wellness program?

Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital leadership and our department strongly support resident and fellow wellness. Our goals are to promote a healthy work-life balance, encourage peer support within programs, and provide a safe and anonymous forum to express concerns and issues. We hope to continue to raise awareness and support the importance of physical, professional and psychological wellness throughout our residents' and fellows' education.

For more information, visit the Resident and Fellow Wellness page.

Is there a scholarly activity requirement?

Scholarly activity includes research, scholarly presentations and quality improvement activities. We encourage residents to become involved in research projects. All categorical residents will present at least once at a resident conference and are required to teach a clinical topic to their peers during their ambulatory week. All categorical residents are also required to participate in a quality improvement project that must be presented as a poster at the annual Department of Medicine Research Day.

For more information, visit the Scholarly Activities page.

Does the program offer financial support for residents to present at regional and national conferences?

Residents may receive financial support for a portion of travel and onsite expenses in order to present research completed at Drexel at regional or national conferences. Residents may also receive education days that can be used to present at these conferences. This benefit is allocated one time during training.

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.

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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