Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults.

Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings -- no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, and mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs.

In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life -- in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care, and in nursing homes. This information was adapted from the American College of Physicians website.


  • Length of training: 3 years
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application Service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Internal Medicine

  • Department Chair: Rama Mallampalli, MD
  • Vice Chair of Education: Jennifer McCallister, MD
  • Residency Director: David Wininger, MD
  • Residency Manager: Kiki Chamberlain, 614-293-7932
  • Residency Coordinator: Kim Roesch, 614-293-9812
  • Clerkship Director: Katherine Walsh, MD
  • Education Program Manager: Lindsey Jeric, 614-293-4522
  • Education Coordinator: Rebecca West, 614-293-8589

Learn more about the Department of Internal Medicine

Specialty Champions

  • Erin Bertino, MD - Oncology
  • Alejandro Diez, MD - Nephrology
  • Yvonne Efebera, MD - Careers in Medicine
  • Jason Evanchan, MD - Cardiology
  • Veronica Franco, MD - Cardiology
  • Allison Heacock, MD - Careers in Medicine
  • Jessica Kaffenberger, MD - Dermatology
  • Kristin Lewis, MD - Hospital Medicine
  • Christina Liscynesky, MD - Infectious Diseases
  • Sheryl Mascarenhas, MD - Rheumatology
  • Shumei Meng, MBBS - Endocrinology
  • Zhanna Mikulik, MD - Rheumatology
  • Kavitha Norton, MD - Palliative Care
  • Chiraq A. Patel, MD - IM Clinical Track
  • Chelsey Petz, MD - Riverside Methodist
  • Sheryl Pfeil, MD - Gastroenterology
  • Troy Schaffernocker, MD - Mini-Internship, Pulmonary
  • Sarah Tapyrik, MD - Pulmonary
  • Katherine Walsh, MD - Hematology
  • John Weiss, MD - Mt. Carmel


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Internal Medicine

American College of Physicians