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Below, find answers to commonly asked questions. select each item to expand the Q&A for each section. For a succinct overview of the program, please review our attached program flyer.

Why WakeMed?

Q: Why should I choose the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program over other programs?

The WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program has many benefits. In particular, a variety of patients are seen at our facilities, many with their initial presentation of illness, so residents will see both the core problems encompassed by internal medicine, as well as unique and atypical illnesses. 

We have many of the benefits of a more research focused program due to our numerous educational affiliations with local medical schools, our Clinical Research Institute and our Kaizen Promotion office, yet we also have the community hospital feel with physicians being actively involved in the Raleigh community. 

We are excited to offer elective rotations that will allow residents to explore practicing medicine within a variety of settings, including the urban underserved. However, if residents are interested in the needs of more rural communities, there are nearby clinical sites serving this population. 

We offer a very well-rounded program to meet the needs of those interested in pursuing subspecialty fellowships, primary care or hospital medicine.

Educational Affiliations

Q: Does the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program accept applications from International Medical Graduates (IMGs)? What is your minimum year since graduation? Do you sponsor visas? 

The WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program is happy to have IMGs apply for our residency program. Applicants need to have graduated from medical school within the last 5 years. However, we are unfortunately unable to sponsor visas at this time.


Q: Where will I complete my residency? 

Residents in the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program can expect to spend most of their rotations at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus. There will be some rotations at WakeMed North hospitals as well as at our healthplexes for subspecialty and ED rotations. For continuity clinic, residents will work at a local FQHC, Advance Community Health, under the supervision of WakeMed Internal Medicine faculty members. In addition, the location of electives will depend on the subspecialty that the resident chooses to pursue and the availability of that subspecialty during that particular rotation.

WakeMed Residency Tour from WakeMed Health & Hospitals on Vimeo.


Q: Will I be able to try subspecialties in preparation for fellowship opportunities? 

Absolutely! Residents who chose WakeMed and are interested in pursuing fellowship opportunities after the completion of their three years will be able to sign up for elective rotations within those areas to assure that it’s a good fit.

Opportunities to Become Employed

Q: Are permanent positions available for residents who complete residency? 

While the 2021 class will be WakeMed’s first cohort of residents to have WakeMed as their sponsoring institution, we’ve been a participating site for training residents for over 45 years. Over that time, many residents have enjoyed their time here enough to stay. Many of our faculty trained at WakeMed either as a medical student or as a resident.

Raleigh Highlights

Q: What are the highlights of living in Raleigh? 

Regardless of what kind of activities you are interested in, Raleigh’s got it! We have sports teams (professional and NCAA), outdoor spaces, fantastic food options, live shows, a plethora of museums, and lots of places for families to spend time together. Raleigh is also within three hours of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coast, so it’s a pretty amazing spot to spend the next three years!

Educational Affiliations

Q: What educational affiliations does the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program have? 

WakeMed is the sponsoring institution for the WakeMed Internal Medicine Residency Program, but WakeMed also has educational affiliations with medical training programs at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine. On the internal medicine teaching services are UNC medical students and residents along with Campbell medical and PA students.

Audition Rotation/AI

Q: Can I complete an audition rotation/AI with WakeMed IM? 

Yes, WakeMed IM offers IM 504- Acting Internship in Internal Medicine for students through the VSLO system. Medical students from our partner medical schools should apply through their medical school instead of using VSLO.