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Internal Medicine Residency Program


Our Program

As the most comprehensive academic medical system in Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine trains leaders in both private practice and academic Internal Medicine. Our program offers a strong balance of inpatient medicine, critical care, and ambulatory training that is reflected by our 3-year ABIM certification examination pass rate of 98. Graduates from the University of Oklahoma Internal Medicine Residency receive outstanding training in a wide variety of clinical settings and patient populations. 

The moderate size of our program allows personal attention to each resident to ensure career goals are achievable. As you consider your future career, schedules are designed to provide maximum exposure to our many sub-specialties. Our residents are exposed to multiple sub-specialties and have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field of gastroenterology, cardiology, rheumatology, infectious disease, oncology, and endocrinology. Ample elective time allows residents to devote at least 3 months to specific sub-specialty experiences, faculty mentored research, and community or global health rotations. 

Our campus is a thriving, energetic center for academic excellence. We share expansive resources that are offered by being one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges on a single campus. Stephenson Cancer Center is the state's only NCI-designated cancer center. Also on campus, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is one of the largest and oldest nonprofit medical research institutions in the U.S.

Mission Statement

The OU College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program's mission is to develop exceptional physicians and future leaders in healthcare.  Our goal is to provide state of the art training in internal medicine while fostering an environment of professionalism, innovation, wellness, and scholarship.  We endeavor to improve the lives of all Oklahomans, with a special focus on the healthcare needs of underserved populations.

Program Aims

  1. Upon completion of training, residents will be proficient general internists prepared to go directly into independent clinical practice or pursue additional subspecialty training if desired.
  2. Every resident will be given opportunities to pursue additional training in at least one of the following areas: medical education, clinical or basic science research, or health care administration. Residents will become future leaders in these areas at state and national levels.
  3. Residents will adopt a philosophy of lifelong learning as emulated by all faculty.
  4. The program will be organized around a culture of mentorship, collaboration, camaraderie, and wellness.
  5. Residents will play an integral role in the promotion and maintenance of health in our community – particularly in meeting the needs of the underserved population.

Application Information

Positions Available

The Department of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma offers 16 categorical, 8 preliminary, and 3 medicine-pediatrics positions each year. To fill our preliminary positions, we work closely with anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, and other residency programs. In addition, we offer preliminary positions untethered to a specific program destination.

Application Process

You must apply through Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). All applications must include:

  • MyEras application
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Letters of recommendation, at least 3
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE or “Dean’s Letter”)
  • USMLE or COMLEX-USA transcripts

All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applicants must register through the website. Interviews are by invitation only and based on academic performance, United States Medical Licensing Examination and/or COMLEX-USA scores, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants should schedule USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS (or equivalent COMLEX exams) and release their scores to ensure that the program can view them by mid-February to be considered for placement on the rank order list.

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Program Eligibility

Current senior or graduate of an LCME-approved medical school (or osteopathic equivalent) or an international graduate with a valid ECFMG certificate and valid visa or permanent resident status are eligible to apply. International medical graduates are sponsored on J-1 visas. Applicants must be within five years of completion of medical school to be considered for a position. All appointments for residency are subject to ability to obtain unrestricted Oklahoma medical license.

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Life in Oklahoma City

Life in Oklahoma City

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus is one of only a few comprehensive health centers in the nation with seven health professions colleges – Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies – right in the heart of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City metro area has great educational opportunities, professional sports, a strong economy, a commitment to the arts, and one of the lowest costs of living in the United States. Read more about life in Oklahoma City.