I attended Indiana University School of Medicine for medical school, and what that allowed me to do was firsthand see how special of a program Indiana University Internal Medicine is. What stuck out to me the most was how comfortable the residents felt practicing and learning medicine everyday. It seemed like everybody knew each other, and everybody genuinely enjoyed coming to work and growing as physicians. No matter what rotation I would be on, the faculty and staff were always so encouraging with residents, providing goal-oriented and constructive feedback but also giving them the autonomy and space to learn and grow into their own as physicians. Not only did I love the diversity in patients that we got to see at Indiana University, and with 4 different hospital systems that variety in patient load was truly valuable, but I felt that by doing my residency here I would giving myself countless opportunities to grow as a doctor and get to learn from some of the most humble, kind and selfless people I have met. One of the truly telling features of our program is how many people continue to stay at Indiana University throughout their training, and having people who have been here for residency, fellowship and as attendings creates a community where you really feel cared for by those who have already taken the path you are on right now.
On my interview day, I was met with the most down-to-earth people I know, and I left thinking it would be such an honor to be a part of the Indiana University School of Medicine's team of residents. This has proven to be true in my short time here so far. The transition to intern year is tough, and I have found that the people around me have been what have helped me the most so far, whether that be my fellow co-interns, upper year residents, chiefs, attendings, nurses/support staff, and administration. Beyond the people, I was drawn here for the unique global health opportunities with AMPATH, ambulatory block education with training in nutrition, exercise, and wellness, as well as diverse training sites to serve the underserved population in Eskenazi, veterans at the VA, and more of a private sector at Methodist/Indiana University Health. Indianapolis itself is an affordable, midwest city with much to offer, from multiple food choices and outdoor parks without the hassle of long commutes. I am happy to call it home for the next three years!
I actually had no idea I wanted to be a part of Indiana University Internal Medicine really badly until I had my pre-interview dinner and my interview day. I was blown away by how nice and friendly the people were including the residents, the coordinators and the program directors. Even though I spent less than 24 hours in the city, it felt like a nice cozy place to be at. Having spent a year in the program now, I am so glad and thankful I came here and that this place chose to have me. The greatest asset this program has are its people. Everyone from the program director down to the residents has been very approachable, friendly and easy to work with. I imagine intern year is not easy anywhere but the people here made sure I never felt overwhelmed and that I had all the help I needed. Perhaps most importantly, I feel like this program has instilled in me the value of always helping or offering help to your colleagues, interns or medical students. This culture of always having people to count on and never ever feeling like you're alone is what makes this program a cut above the rest. 10/10, love this place.
I am currently only a couple of months into my residency and I can say with absolute certainty that I love this program and all the people in it. Matching into IU was probably one of the best things that happened to me. In this program, diversity is embraced, teaching is encouraged, cases are interesting and colleagues are amazing. As a woman, it was also wonderful to see that this program works toward women empowerment and values women as physicians. From the first medical encounter I had, I realized that training here will be professionally fulfilling and personally gratifying. And so, my medical curiosity will not be “disappointed”. Coming from Beirut, Lebanon, it was important for me to find a HOME in my residency program; and IU offered me that!