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Become A Residency In Internal Medicine

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Working As A Residency In Internal Medicine

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $52,804

    Average Salary

What Does A Residency In Internal Medicine Do

An Internal Medicine Resident assists with admissions, consultations, evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment of hospital patients. They participate actively in all educational and residency program activities.

How To Become A Residency In Internal Medicine

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Real Residency In Internal Medicine Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hopitalist-Internal Medicine Crouse Hospital Syracuse, NY Jan 08, 2016 $258,788
Internal Medicine Community Health Centers of The Central Coast, Inc. Arroyo Grande, CA Jan 12, 2016 $235,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences North Wilkesboro, NC Jan 07, 2016 $230,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jan 07, 2016 $230,000
Internal Medicine Community Health Centers of The Central Coast, Inc. San Luis Obispo, CA Jan 12, 2016 $225,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jul 01, 2015 $222,055
Internal Medicine Billings Clinic Billings, MT Aug 17, 2016 $220,000
Internal Medicine Billings Clinic Billings, MT Aug 18, 2016 $220,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jul 01, 2015 $215,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jun 18, 2016 $195,000
Instructor of Internal Medicine Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jun 22, 2015 $195,000
Resident In Training-Internal Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jun 15, 2016 $57,595
Internal Medicine Resident-Pgy2 Saint Peters University Hospital New Brunswick, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $57,571
Medicine Resident-PGY 2 St. Peter's University Hospital New Brunswick, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $57,571
Internal Medicine Resident Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jan 06, 2016 $54,808 -
$56,784
Internal Medicine Resident Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jun 01, 2016 $54,808 -
$56,784
Resident-Internal Medicine UHCP D/B/A UPMC MEP Pittsburgh, PA Jun 24, 2015 $54,808

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Top Skills for A Residency In Internal Medicine

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Top Residency In Internal Medicine Skills

  1. Internal Medicine Residency
  2. Emergency Room
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed Internal Medicine residency during this period.
  • Completed extensive training rotations in the emergency room.
  • Provide inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Involved in oversight of junior medical residents rotating through medical intensive care unit.
  • Completed electives in emergency medicine, cardiology, podiatry, and hospice.

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