Welcome to the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program
Welcome to the University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program
Our program's mission is to provide superb graduate medical education in the context of delivering superb patient care.
Our residents are challenged to obtain the knowledge, the clinical, communication, and leadership skills, and the professional demeanor that will enable them to become stand-outs and leaders in the field of Internal Medicine.
Our residents' strong grounding in general internal medicine prepares them for a variety of career paths, including hospitalist positions, academic and community practice, and further subspecialty training, and they both come to and leave this program with a commitment to justice in Medicine and to caring for traditionally under-served populations.
Our residents honor their obligations as teachers, learners, and role models, and are encouraged to maintain a lifelong interest in knowledge acquisition and in clinical and laboratory research.
Our program takes a systematic approach to resident mentoring, and each resident is assigned to a program director for the duration of his or her education at the university.
The first meeting occurs prior to the beginning of internship, and the two meet regularly to track the resident's academic progress and help clarify and plan for his or her career goals.
As each resident advances through the program, his or her assigned director provides career and fellowship advising, critique of personal statements and CVs, mock interviews for upcoming job or fellowship interviews, and help in identifying potential research opportunities.
There is sometimes value in working with mentors outside the program office, or even at other institutions, and we welcome that additional input and support for our residents.
The program directors and other faculty are happy to cull our professional resources and connections to help each resident build the team he or she needs.
University of Louisville residents are encouraged to participate in the life of the institution and to help shape our academic programs.
The House Staff Council, with representation from each of the residency programs, meets monthly with an associate dean of the medical school and addresses system-wide issues including patient care improvements and resident quality of life.
The Medicine Steering Committee is a department-specific group with elected representatives from each of our residency classes. It meets once a month with the Program Director, and the agenda is set by the house officers.
Finally, residents have historically and consistently sat on residency review committees and other groups within the hospital.
The Medicine program prides itself on having an "open door" policy in fielding resident concerns. Many house officers feel more comfortable addressing personal or professional worries with faculty or their assigned mentor, and we make ourselves exceedingly available to them.
Medical residents at The University of Louisville benefit from consistent bedside teaching and evaluation on ward rotations and in clinics. Each resident is given a set of the MKSAP study guide and the MedStudy program, and house officers have free access to multiple on-line resources including UpToDate, Dynamed, and U of L's Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.
Our program also offers a full schedule of complementary lectures and teaching conferences.
Noon Report - A literature-based review of overnight admissions and ward cases is conducted every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at lunchtime. Cases are presented and discussed by residents.
Journal Club - Held every Thursday at 12 p.m., providing a forum where faculty and residents discuss articles of interest with an eye toward evaluation of research methodology.
Didactic Sessions - Every Wednesday afternoon. Running between two and three hours, these faculty-run and organized lectures focus primarily on topics from the medical subspecialties. Sessions are recorded and are accessible by web, should a resident be unable to attend.
Weekly Resident Clinic - Begins with an interactive learning session on a single topic pulled from the Yale Curriculum. Additionally, faculty may ask residents to perform brief literature searches on patient-focused questions in an effort to deliver the best and most evidence-based care to our patients.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds - Held every Thursday at 8 a.m. during the academic year. Speakers with regional and national reputations are invited to campus to update the entire faculty on controversies and developments in our field and on new advances in research.
Our educational program grounds residents in the principles and fundamentals of Internal Medicine and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and of delivering superb clinical care. As a result, our graduates' pass rate on the medical licensure examination is consistently over 90 percent.
While the majority of a resident's time with us is spent at our two core hospitals, University of Louisville Hospital and the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, we have a variety of training sites, each with unique learning situations that adds to our resident's education.
University of Louisville Hospital
530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
University of Louisville Hospital has existed for nearly 200 years, though the current facility was built in 1979.
With 404 patient beds, this flagship facility houses state of the art equipment and is the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Residents spend nearly half of their training assigned to this facility.
Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center
800 Zorn Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a 103-bed facility, serves veterans from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
It is a five-minute drive from the University of Louisville Hospital, and residents spend approximately one-third of their training time there.
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202
Jewish Hospital, a 442-bed regional facility, has been serving the Louisville community for the past 100 years.
Located one block from the University of Louisville Hospital and nationally recognized for its heart care and transplant programs, our interns spend two months there, one on the Gastroenterology service, and the other on Nephrology.
Norton Audubon Hospital
1 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville, KY 40217
Part of the Norton Healthcare system, Norton Audubon Hospital is located approximately ten minutes from the main medical campus.
A 480 bed facility known for its cardiology and pulmonary services, residents may select a one month long elective there in Pulmonary/Critical Care.
Application Policies, Process and Requirements
The University of Louisville Internal Medicine Residency Program is highly competitive. Students who think they are a good match for this program are encouraged to apply early and to make sure their Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application is complete.
Consistent with the University of Louisville's non-discrimination policy, the Internal Medicine Residency Program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, age, religion, color, sexual orientation, or national origin.
The program leadership team reviews every ERAS application and selects candidates to invite for an interview.
We communicate with applicants exclusively by e-mail. Please check your e-mailboxes (in-box and junk-box) frequently. E-mail sent from ERAS and messages sent via blind copy are frequently sent to junk e-mailboxes by email servers, so check both during interview season.
Invitations to interview are sent via e-mail. A timely response in the affirmative reserves an interview slot for you. No response or a late response can mean losing an interview spot. A response in the negative is common courtesy and appreciated.
All applications are reviewed and each applicant will receive an e-mail message whether invited or not invited. Check your e-mail in-box and junk box regularly.
If you accept the invitation, you will receive instructions via e-mail on how to schedule your interview online.
In some cases, applicants who are not considered for the first round of interviews will be asked if they would like to be on the waiting list. The committee reviews the waiting list periodically during the season and often selects applicants from that pool at a later time.
Categorical interviews are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays from October 8, 2013 through January 10, 2014. Details are provided if an invitation is extended.
Preliminary candidates are interviewed on specific days from November 1, 2013 through January 10, 2014. Details are provided if an invitation is extended.
We interview over 250 applicants for 23 categorical and 12 preliminary positions. If you see a strong match between your career goals and our program, please apply.
Application Requirements, Policies & Procedures
The following application requirements apply to all applicants. See additional requirements for International Medical Graduates below.
Applications are only accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Deadline for application is November 30, 2013.
We do NOT participate in pre-match selection.
Positions are NOT offered outside of the match.
Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the last three (3) years, no exceptions. For international applicants, the end date of the compulsory internship will be used as the graduation date
Applicants may be considered for an interview before USMLE Step 2 results are available, but Step 2 must be passed before an applicant will be ranked.
While there is no minimum USMLE Step 1 score, the average score across selected applicants is 220.
Applicants must have passed the USMLE exam with no more than two (2) attempts.
A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation is required. IMG Grads: see additional requirements below.
International Medical Graduates
The following additional application requirements apply to all International Medical Graduates.
If a VISA is required, IMGs must have an ECFMG-sponsored J-1 VISA in order to begin residency in our program. We do not sponsor nor accept H1-B VISAS, no exceptions.
A minimum of three (3) months U.S. clinical experience at medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is required. Hands-on U.S. clinical experience is preferred, but all U.S. clinical experiences (including observerships) will be considered.
One of the three (3) required letters of reference must be from a faculty member of the U.S. medical school where the applicant's clinical experience was obtained. The faculty member writing this letter of recommendation must have been directly involved with the applicant's clinical experience at the U.S. clinical site(s). The faculty member’s credentials must be included in the letter.
International Medical Graduates are selected for our program and the ratio of U.S. to IMG graduates varies year-to-year.
We do our best to assist the couples match process. However, there are no guarantees. If you are invited to interview, please let the coordinator know you are couples matching.
If you have questions that are not answered in the above information, it is best to e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We respond to applicant e-mail daily.
Internal Medicine Training Program
University of Louisville
550 South Jackson Street, Suite A3K00
Louisville, Kentucky 40202