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Applicant Information

The General Internal Medicine Residency Program at UC Irvine School of Medicine is fully accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The residency program, sponsored by the Department of Medicine, is a three-year categorical medicine training program, that includes a year of preliminary medicine for those interested in pursuing advanced residencies.

We provide comprehensive, evidence-based education that seeks to create well-rounded, astute clinicians with a passion for leadership, innovation and patient-centered care. Our training includes a wealth of experience at our three primary affiliated institutions, ensuring that you will be exposed to the full spectrum of care, from routine primary care through specialized quaternary care.

Our innovative curriculum and 3+1 schedule also puts us in the forefront of medical education with the integration of simulation and bedside ultrasound training. We provide the necessary foundation, knowledge and experiences required for you to embark on any of the innumerable career paths within internal medicine.

It is an exciting time to be part of the medical profession. We invite you to join us in our journey to serve, inspire, and educate the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Mission, Vision and Values »

Our Mission — Our mission is to offer training imbued with the highest respect for intellectual rigor, curiosity and humanism to prepare our residents for any career path in internal medicine. 

Vision — We seek to create the physician leaders and innovators of tomorrow who can balance the science of evidence based medicine and the art of individualize care. By providing the strongest academic and clinical training, we strive to foster enduring scholarship, physician wellness and dedication to our patients and communities. 


  • Scholarship & Inquiry
  • Service
  • Humanism
  • Personal & Professional Growth
  • Collegiality
Program Leadership & Residents »

Program Size

  • 66 categorical medicine residents
  • 25 preliminary medicine interns
  • 5 chief residents

Program Leadership & Residents

Training Sites »

Our comprehensive and innovative program offers residents an incredible diversity of experience through rotations at our three primary training sites. Please view the links below for additional information about each of the medical centers.

Curriculum »

Conferences & Didactics

  • Morning Report — At UC Irvine Medical Center, morning report is held three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays) from 8 to 9 a.m. These are interactive case-based sessions that include a focus on clinical reasoning and the diagnostic thought process for interns, and evidence-based management for the senior residents. At VA Long Beach, morning report is held daily, Monday through Friday, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., using a variety of formats, including case-based conferences, morgue rounds and multidisciplinary M&M review.

  • Noon Conference — Noon conferences are held weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. at both the VA Long Beach and UC Irvine Medical Centers. Lectures are conducted by faculty and include a variety of core curriculum topics, journal club sessions, M&M and Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

  • Board Preparation/Friday Academy — This is a unique three-hour, dedicated didactic session held each Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. on high yield topics for the internal medicine boards. Subspecialty faculty spend one hour in a small, interactive session with residents to review board-related topics. This is followed by a one-hour session on MKSAP/board-related questions.

  • Bedside Ultrasound — We have created a longitudinal curriculum on bedside ultrasound training that focuses on key areas of importance for an internist. Education on using point-of-care ultrasound for cardiac assessment (ejection fraction and pericardial effusions), pulmonary (effusions, pneumothorax, edema/infiltrates) and vascular (AAA, IVC for fluid status) along with use of ultrasound for procedures will be covered.

  • Simulation Training — All three of our medical centers have on-site simulation centers for our use. Simulation sessions are integrated into ambulatory training weeks and cover topics such as ACLS, code leadership, airway management, sepsis and more.

  • Doctoring Skills Rotation — Several years ago, we instituted a longitudinal curriculum that incorporates fundamental aspects to enhancing the teaching skills of our residents. Small group sessions include topics such as providing effective feedback, teaching the physical exam, critical appraisal of the literature and effective lecturing. The PGY2 curriculum builds on these skills and also adds areas such as the business of medicine and community outreach.

Inpatient Medicine

Our residents rotate on the inpatient medicine wards, MICU and CCU services at UC Irvine Medical Center and the VA Long Beach. Additional experiences include the MICU at Long Beach Memorial and night coverage of the wards and ICU at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital. At UC Irvine Medical Center, we have six teams and four teams at the VA, one of which is primarily cardiology focused. Our teams consist of one hospitalist attending, one senior resident, two interns and two or three medical students on the inpatient wards.

Our residents learn to progressively manage common medical conditions to complex tertiary care cases. Our residents also gain additional sub-specialty inpatient experience by rotating on the consultation services at our affiliated sites.

Ambulatory Training

  • Primary Care — Our residents are assigned continuity clinic at either UC Irvine Medical Center or VA Long Beach. Each resident is assigned a faculty attending with whom they will rotate through all three years of residency. At the VA, our residents learn to work in an interdisciplinary patient-aligned care team (PACT), which includes the physician, case manager, clerk, RN and pharmacist. Residents are assigned a panel of patients and perform quality improvement projects focused on enhancing care for their patients. Our residents rotate in continuity clinic during their ambulatory weeks with four half-day sessions. Residents interested in gaining more primary care experience also have the option of completing three-week elective rotations at one of our affiliated ambulatory sites.

  • Subspecialty Clinics — A fundamental part in the training of a well-rounded internist includes exposure to the sub-specialty areas. In addition to continuity clinic experience, residents rotate for two half-day sessions in sub-specialty care, (pulmonary, heart failure, rheumatology, allergy/immunology, etc.) women’s health and pre-operative medicine during their ambulatory week. Clinic locations are available at all three of our training sites. 

Elective Opportunities

We offer a wealth of opportunities to our residents during their elective time. Residents are encouraged to rotate through a wide array of experiences (more than 50 are available), including many outside the Department of Medicine. Special electives are available by arrangement on an individual basis, as are externships and international rotations.

Please see our full electives catalog.

Schedules »

Our schedule consists of a "3+1" rotation model — three weeks of inpatient, elective or vacation followed by one week of an ambulatory experience. Continuity clinics, subspecialty exposure, simulation and ultrasound training are integrated into the ambulatory weeks.

The year consists of 13 three-week rotations, along with 13 one-week ambulatory blocks.

Please see our sample PGY 1-3 schedules.

Mentorship »

At UC Irvine, we value the role that mentors, coaches and educators play in the daily lives of residents. Recognizing that the transition to residency is a difficult one, we assign you faculty and chief resident mentors from the very beginning.

Every categorical resident is paired with a primary care attending, who serves formally as their faculty mentor for all three years of residency. Residents meet every six weeks throughout the academic year with their mentors for faculty development and a review of each resident’s progress.

In addition, numerous subspecialty and research mentors are available for career and fellowship development. Our chief residents also serve in mentorship and coaching roles, with a chief resident assigned to every cohort of residents.

Research Opportunities »

The Department of Medicine has more than 300 research protocols that represent the entire spectrum of medicine, from basic science, clinical trials, healthcare policy and outcomes to translational medicine. Our principle investigators hold nearly $40 million in awards including prestigious National Institutes of Health and other federally funded grants.

Resident Research

Our residents routinely have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with our 11 subspecialty divisions. Every year our residents are successful in first and second author publications, national conference presentations and regional research competitions.

Residents have the opportunity to use elective time for dedicated, three-week research blocks. We also host an annual research day to give residents the opportunity to showcase their work in a poster presentation session as well as oral presentations during the Department of Medicine grand rounds.

ABIM Research Pathway

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway is an integrated program combining training in research with training in clinical internal medicine. This pathway is appropriate for physicians who intend to pursue a career substantially based in basic or clinical research.

Our university-based residency training program sponsors residents in the ABIM Research Pathway. We strongly encourage individuals interested in either clinical or basic research careers to consider our program for their clinical and research experience. The research pathway allows trainees to accelerate their clinical training in return for a commitment to research time and productivity under supervision of a faculty mentor.

The Research Pathway has two options.

  • Internal Medicine Option — All trainees must successfully complete two years of training in an accredited categorical internal medicine training program. The usual requirement outside the Research Pathway is for three complete years. After completion of two years of clinical training, the candidate enters the research commitment, which lasts for three years. During this time, the candidate commits 80 percent of his or her time to research and 20 percent to clinical work.

  • Clinical Subspecialty Training — On this track, the candidate is able to obtain board eligibility for general internal medicine as well as a subspecialty of medicine. The minimum requirement for full-time clinical subspecialty training for certification through the research pathway varies by discipline and would be 24 months in general internal medicine (rather than 36 months) followed by:

    • 12 months in allergy and immunology, critical care medicine, diabetes and metabolism, geriatric medicine, hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, medical oncology, pulmonary disease or rheumatology
    • 18 months in gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, pulmonary/critical care, rheumatology/allergy and immunology
    • 24 months in cardiology

After completion of the appropriate clinical curriculum, the trainee would enter the research period for three years. Eighty percent of their time would be spent in research, 20 percent in clinical activities. Candidates must be qualified both clinically and academically to be considered for the pathway. Evidence of commitment to an academic career is also required. Candidates should already have obtained a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.

All applicants must apply to the Categorical Program via ERAS.  Applicants wishing to identify themselves as interested in the Research Pathway should contact Susan Altmayer at saltmaye@uci.edu or 714-456-5691 so that we can include your interest in your file.

For more information regarding the ABIM research pathway please visit ABIM.org.

Salary & Benefits »

Current annual stipends (as of July 1, 2016)

  • PGY-1 = $55,566
  • PGY-2 = $57,408
  • PGY-3 = $59,663
  • PGY-4 = $62,018
  • PGY-5 = $64,556
  • PGY-6 = $66,955

Vacation leave — Residents are offered four weeks of vacation leave annually.

Health insurance —Residents are provided with medical, dental and vision insurance, including coverage for their dependents (spouse/children/domestic partner) at no cost. Long-term disability insurance also is provided for residents.

Professional liability insurance — Residents are provided with professional liability coverage for all activities that are approved components of the residency program.

Licensing & Exam Stipend — Each resident receives up to $1,000 per academic year for expenses for California medical licensure, USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX 3 is provided.

Educational Expenditure Stipend — Each resident receives up to $1,000 per academic year for board study materials, conference registration/travel, journals, books, etc., as per Department of Medicine reimbursement policy.

Housing Stipend — Each resident receives $2,900 per academic year.

Meals — Lunch is provided Monday through Friday during noon conference lectures at UC Irvine Medical Center and at VA Long Beach. Meal vouchers are provided at Long Beach Memorial for those rotating on the MICU service. In addition, each resident receives a meal stipend of $40 a month ($480 a year) for use at the UC Irvine Douglas Hospital cafeteria.

Application Process »

Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) of the American College of Associates (AAMC). The following is required as part of your application:

  • MSPE or Dean’s Letter
  • Chair’s Letter (from the Chair of Medicine or Designee)
  • A minimum of two (2) additional letters of recommendation (up to the maximum allowed by ERAS)
  • Scores from USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX 1 with first time passage
  • We do not have a minimum cutoff score for consideration.
  • USMLE Step 2 CK and CS are not required for initial application but are required to begin the residency program. Osteopathic students are not required to take the USMLE examinations.
  • Requirements for California state licensure must be met, including proof of  at least four week of family medicine training during medical school, either as part of a formal clerkship or as an ongoing longitudinal rotation.
  • Only applications submitted through ERAS will be considered. Applications submitted after Nov. 1st will not be considered.
  • All positions are filled through the NRMP, which takes place each year in March.
  • Categorical applicant interviews are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from end of October through the last week of December (except holidays) at UC Irvine Medical Center. This year, interviews will begin on Oct. 24 and extend through Dec. 21, 2017.


Fellowship Opportunities & Graduate Destinations »

The Department of Medicine sponsors 12 ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in the following areas:

  • Basic and Clinical Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Nephrology & Hypertension
  • Palliative Care & Hospice
  • Pulmonary & Critical Care
  • Rheumatology

We also offer a three-year Occupational & Environment Medicine Residency following the three-year categorical medicine program.

Our residents have been highly successful with both the fellowship match and job placement after graduation.

Please view a complete list of our fellowship match and graduate destinations ›

Preliminary Internal Medicine Program »

UC Irvine Preliminary Medicine Program (PGY-1 Year): 2017-2018

In addition to our categorical internal medicine residency program, we offer a preliminary medicine residency for students interested in a year of internal medicine training before continuing in another specialty.  This program includes rotations at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (LBVAHS), UCI Medical Center (UCIMC), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC). Preliminary medicine residents fill the same roles as their categorical colleagues, including a significant teaching involvement with UCI medical students, and are fully integrated in the academic and social environment of the residency program.

We are excited to continue “X+Y” (3+1) scheduling to UCI for the 2017-2018 year.  This means that the year will be divided into 13 four-week segments for each resident consisting of a 3-week and a 1-week rotation.

A typical year schedule for a preliminary resident will be as follows:

  1.  3-week rotations: (13 total, 8 inpatient)
    1. Wards                          3-5 rotations divided between UCIMC and LBVAHS
    2. MICU/CCU                   3-5 rotations divided between UCIMC/LBMMC/LBVAHS 
    3. Electives                      4 rotations
    4. Vacation                       1 rotation

  2. 1-week rotations: (13 total)
    1. Coverage                     up to 8 rotations (filling needs in wards, units, night float)
    2. Vacation                       1 rotation
    3. Physical Exam Week    1 rotation (physical exam rounds with Dr. Kaplan)
    4. Mini electives               2 rotations
    5. Bonus                           All prelims finish June 23 to allow for travel…

A word on our electives--Most residents take electives in medical subspecialties.   However, in recent years we have been able to broaden the range of choices.  Residents have taken electives in ambulatory care, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, psychiatry, neurology, emergency medicine, women’s health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and alternative medicine, just to name a few.   Occasionally residents pursue research experiences, away rotations, or international rotations during the preliminary year with approval.

In addition to the clinical rotations we have a robust didactic program.   Morning and noon conferences each day range from core lectures surveying the key topics of internal medicine--to interactive case conferences—to visits to the morgue to review the gross pathology of our patients who have had autopsies—to radiology and EKG conferences—to New England Journal Image Challenges—to a weekly Academy of Medicine board review/case discussion at UCIMC.

Our preliminary residents have been well prepared for ongoing training in a number of different specialties; recent graduates have gone into anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiation oncology, and radiology.

For entry in June 2017 we plan to match for 20 undifferentiated preliminary medicine residents and 5 as part of our linked prelim/neurology program. 

For further information please contact:

Robert A. Kaplan, M.D. at robert.kaplan@va.gov  or by phone at (562) 826-8000 x23832.

About the Area »

The UC Irvine General Internal Medicine Residency Program is based in Orange, which is in Orange County, the third most populous county in California. The surrounding area includes beautiful coastal cities, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

Orange County is well known for its tourist attractions, including Disneyland, 42 miles of beaches, theaters and shopping venues. The county also is home to professional sports teams, including the Anaheim Ducks (NHL), the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), and the university serves as a practice site for the Los Angeles Rams (NFL). There are also numerous hiking and biking trails in the county, and we are a short drive from the mountains and ski resorts.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, the average weather forecast is generally around 70 degrees, with sunny skies about 70 percent of the year.

Many of our residents choose to live in either the City of Orange, Long Beach or in several surrounding cities. Numerous affordable housing options exist depending on location, apartment amenities and proximity to our medical centers. Apartments are available within walking distance to UC Irvine Medical Center or you can choose to live in downtown Long Beach the adjacent neighborhood of Belmont Shore for a more urban lifestyle. For more information, see our housing FAQ.

For additional information about Orange County please visit http://www.visittheoc.com/ ›

Contact Us »

For more information about our residency programs, contact: 

Categorical Internal Medicine Residency       

Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency

Bindu Swaroop, M.D. — Program Director

Robert Kaplan, M.D. — Associate Program Director
562-826-8000, ext. 3832

Susan Altmayer — Program Coordinator

Frederick DukeDuong — VA Program Coordinator
562-826-8000, ext. 3832