internal medicine

Competitiveness: Low

An internist is a personal physician who provides long-term, comprehensive care in the office and in the hospital, managing both common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults and the elderly. Internists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems. They are also trained in the essentials of primary care internal medicine, which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 225
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 235
  • Research: 2.2
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.8
  • Work: 4.8
  • Volunteer: 5.0

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 238
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 245
  • Research: 2.6
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 5.8
  • Work: 6.3
  • Volunteer: 4.5

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important internal medicine Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 2 CK score (93.7%)
  2. USMLE Step 1 score (90.5%)
  3. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (85.7%)
  4. Any failed attempt at USMLE (82.5%)
  5. Class ranking/quartile (76.2%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. NRMP flag for match violation (4.8)
  2. Professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  3. Ability to work legally w/o visa (4.3)
  4. Visa status (4.3)
  5. Diversity characteristics, Audition elective/rotation in PD's dept (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $56,971.18
Average Physician Salary $264,000
Average Work Week 54.9 Hours
Peak Interview Months November, January
Offers the following program training tracks: Preliminary (1 year)
Categorical (Full training)
Key Organizations and Societies: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
American College of Osteopathic Internists
American College of Physicians (ACP)
Association of Professors of Medicine (APM)
Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM)
Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Internal medicine is one of the most IMG-friendly specialties, with over 3,500 IMGs matching into the specialty in 2022.

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

994 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 88 46
Filled Programs 75 39
Positions Available 451 140
Filled Positions 427 125/td>


  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
  • Allergy and Immunology

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