Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency


Our housestaff rotate through four adult teaching hospitals: Indiana University Hospital, Wishard Memorial (Eskenazi Health) Hospital, the Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Methodist Hospital, all located on or near the 500-acre campus of Indiana and Purdue Universities in Indianapolis (IUPUI) west of downtown. The IUPUI campus as a whole hosts a large undergraduate student body and is home to schools of dentistry, law, business, nursing, allied health sciences, and many more.

Please click on a hospital name (below) for detailed information about that hospital. As a result of training in these diverse venues, residents care for patients from the entire range of socioeconomic groups with a wide diversity of illnesses and health care needs. The combination of all four hospitals is unbeatable in helping trainees understand systems of care and to become versatile in applying best practices across different hospitals. The IU residents truly experience all the different models of care and can make informed decisions about what and where they would like to practice in the future.

Indiana University Health

Indiana University Health Hospital, as one of the IU Health Partners, is a tertiary-care referral hospital with nationally and internationally recognized programs in specialized care. The comprehensive cancer center is currently under construction and will be open soon. Additionally, it is home to one of the largest solid organ transplant program in the midwest and the regional bone marrow transplant unit. Interventional gastroenterology is another expertise at IU Hospital. Housestaff are assigned to specialty services and work directly with the faculty experts on these services. Many of the patients referred to IU Hospital are diagnostic dilemmas or treatment challenges and are referred in from around the state and beyond.

Indiana University Hospital, as one of the IU Health Partners facilities, is a tertiary-care referral hospital with nationally and internationally recognized program in specialized care. Indiana University (IU) Hospital is widely recognized for its clinical excellence and research developments. But patients remember us for the personal care they receive. Today, as part of IU Health, physicians, surgeons, nurses and staff care for more than 57,000 patients a year. Why do so many patients choose us? We know that each time a new patient walks through our doors, he or she represents hopes, fears, an extended network of family and friends, and a desire to live life to the fullest. Our staff continues to develop, advance and explore treatments so that each patient receives the best care that modern medicine can offer. Read more about the future of medicine and IU's milestone achievements.

Learn More About the History and Mission of Indiana University Hospital
The Story of Indiana University Hospital is a 30-minute documentary highlighting the hospital's tradition of excellence and its many accomplishments. This documentary originally aired April 2005, but you can now view it online (a broadband connection is recommended).

Eskenazi Hospital

Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital‚Äč is an award-winning county hospital known nationally for its efficiency, excellent care outcomes, and state-of-the-art computerized order entry and patient database system. Eskenazi serves the indigent population of the city of Indianapolis and surrounding sections of Marion County. As a public safety net hospital, it provides a training site for a wide variety of medical problems within a diverse patient population. It is also home to the highly integrated Regenstrief Medical Record System, the longest continuously running EMR. Admissions come primarily through the level-one trauma center and very busy emergency room and the hospital's strategically placed community health centers and other clinics. The EMR electronically links all of these clinical settings to help streamline care. Medicine residents play a key role in caring for patients in all of these venues. General medicine faculty primarily round on the wards.

For nearly 150 years, Eskenazi Health Services has provided high quality, cost-effective healthcare to the citizens of Marion County. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Eskenazi has nationally recognized programs including Midtown Community Mental Health Center, IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, a Level I trauma center, senior care program, comprehensive stroke program and regional burn center. Eskenazi Health Services is the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, and Indiana University School of Medicine physicians provide patients with a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. The old Wishard Hospital is now the Nursing Museum and may look familiar as it was used in the movie Hoosiers, where Dennis Hopper's character was hospitalized, missing the final championship game.

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VA Hospital

The Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) provides acute and chronic care for veterans and is a statewide and regional referral base for other VA hospitals. A host of highly-dedicated clinician educators support the high quality of teaching and learning. In addition to the general medicine wards, there is a closed ICU rotation, both MICU and CCU, and a highly-rated continuity clinic experience. The VA hospital serves veterans in Indiana and eastern Illinois. As such, it is both a primary and tertiary care center. Many patients from central Indiana use the hospital and its clinics as their source for primary care, while others may be referred in for complex problems requiring specialized care. The facility is fairly new, with state-of-the-art intensive care units updated in early 2000.

The Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) provides acute and chronic care for veterans and is a statewide and regional referral base for other VA hospitals. The medicine department at the VA has a long history of providing outstanding quality teaching through a host of highly-dedicated, award-winning clinician educators. This strong commitment to education has led to an environment that emphasizes resident and student learning in conjunction with patient care. The teaching faculty have been presented with numerous teaching awards from the residents, students, and the IU Department of Medicine.

Methodist Hospital

Methodist Hospital is the largest private hospital in Indiana. The two main services at Methodist are the Krannert cardiology services including acute coronary syndrome and intensive care (CCU) beds and the Methodist medicine service. Methodist medicine is a highly successful group of private practice hospitalists who manage a large inpatient and consultant service at Methodist. Residents have an opportunity to practice as if in the private sector on this service.

Methodist Hospital is the largest private hospital in Indiana and has a hundred year tradition of innovation in medical care. As examples, Methodist Hospital was one of the first sites in the world where insulin was investigated. The nation's first lithotripter was installed here. The first open heart surgery, the first heart transplant and the first lung transplants in Indiana were performed here. For the first 9 months of 2006, Methodist Hospital ranked first among 133 academic and teaching centers in the University Health Consortium, which rates institutions according to dozens of patient care quality indicators.

There are nearly 800 beds at Methodist Hospital, of which 200 are adult medicine beds and 140 are ICU beds. Methodist Hospital delivers both primary and tertiary care and serves patients from all socioeconomic groups. General medicine ward rotations are spent with private practice hospitalists who mentor housestaff one-on-one in a thriving, collegial, multidisciplinary practice environment. The Krannert Cardiology rotations are staffed by IU faculty. The Hospitalist Medicine, ICU and subspecialty consult rotations at Methodist Hospital give our housestaff experience in providing state of the art patient care with private practice clinicians, who are also dedicated teachers, in an efficient, collegial, mentoring atmosphere of excellence. In contrast to the classic academic setting, the model of education at Methodist Hospital is preceptorial. Residents and interns follow separate patients and staff one-on-one with their attending. Housestaff autonomy is earned and freely given to those residents who demonstrate adequate skills. Resident care is "real world" and "hands on." Housestaff are considered to be valued colleagues by the staff in all specialties and are integral parts of a multidisciplinary patient care team.