IMRP

IMRP


Internal Medicine Residency Program

Baton Rouge General’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year residency program affiliated with Tulane University School of Medicine. The program is designed to provide broad-based clinical training with an emphasis on primary care medicine.  The program assists residents in developing the knowledge and skills needed to become outstanding comprehensive internists capable of managing diverse patients with a broad range of diseases. Residents on inpatient rotations have graded responsibilities and provide much of the direct patient care. Second and third year residents assume increased responsibility for teaching, supervision and mastery of medical knowledge. The program promotes a culture of collegiality and support among both the ambulatory and inpatient teams.  

For additional on Baton Rouge General’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, call (225) 381-6762 or email imrp@brgeneral.org.

Thank you for your interest in the Baton Rouge General Internal Medicine Residency Program! Applications for the residency program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Before you submit your application, please note our admission requirements and special instructions for graduates of medical schools outside the United States.

Applicants to the Internal Medicine Residency Program must have completed and submitted the following upon application:

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or practitioners with whom you have worked and who can comment on your personal and professional qualifications
  • A complete application with a Personal Statement
  • Official USMLE Step 1 and 2 transcripts
  • Dean's letter
  • Official Medical School Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application through ERAS

If applicable, please address and attach the following:

  • Prior participation in a residency program
  • Current or prior medical licensure in any state
  • Current or prior suspension or revocation of licensure
  • Current or prior participation in biomedical research that has resulted in a publication or presentation
  • Current or prior interruptions in your medical education
  • Any aspect of your candidacy that might limit your ability to carry out the requirements of the house staff position within the time frame of the program
  • Plans to participate in the couples match

Each application is reviewed in its entirety for overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.

We welcome International Medical Graduates; requirements for graduates of medical schools outside the United States are listed below.  

In addition to the above requirements, graduates of medical schools outside the United States must also:

  • Be ECFMG Certified when applying if you have already graduated from medical school
  • Have your ECFMG Certification to start the program if you are currently in medical school
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S., or possess a valid Visa
  • Have a current U.S. mailing address
  • Be within five years of medical school graduation

Incomplete applications may result in a delay or elimination of application reviews and subsequent invitations to interview.

PGY-1 
Internal Medicine - MC
5 months BRGMC, Mid City
Night Float 6 weeks BRGMC,Mid City
Emergency Medicine
1 month BRGMC,Mid City
ICU - MC
1 month BRGMC,Mid City
Subspecialty Electives 2 months BRGMC, Mid City
Skills Elective Rotation 1 months BRGMC,Mid City
Psychiatry
2 weeks BRGMC, Mid City
PGY-2 
Internal Medicine - MC
3 months BRGMC, Mid City
Internal Medicine - BB
2 months BRGMC, Bluebonnet
Night Float 4 weeks BRGMC, Mid City
ICU - BB 1 or 2 months BRGMC, Bluebonnet
Subspecialty Electives 3 months BRGMC, Mid City and Bluebonnet
Electives 1 or 2 months BRGMC, Mid City and Bluebonnet
PGY-3
Internal Medicine - MC
2.5 months BRGMC, Mid City
Internal Medicine - BB
1 month BRGMC Bluebonnet
Night Float
2 weeks BRGMC, Mid City
ICU - BB
1 or 2 months BRGMC, Mid City
Subspecialty Electives
3 months BRGMC, Mid City and Bluebonnet
Electives 1 or 2 months BRGMC, Mid City and Bluebonnet
Ambulatory Medicine/Practice Management
1 month Mid City Medicine Clinic/Continuity Clinics

Electives
The purpose of elective rotations is to allow residents the opportunity to participate in medical activities of their own choosing based on interest, strength or needs. ABIM required subspecialty elective rotations include: Neurology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Hematology/Oncology, and Pulmonary/Critical Care. Other elective rotations include: Allergy, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Gynecology, Transitions of Care, and a Research Rotation. The Skills elective rotation includes alternating weeks of Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Radiology, and Board Exam Preparation.

Practice Management
Practice management is taught longitudinally in a variety of forums and settings, as well as during the Ambulatory Medicine month in the third year of training.

Continuity Clinic
All residents will rotate at least one (1) half-day a week in the office practice of a Board Certified internist, where you will see a broad variety of pathologies and be expected to have your own panel of patients. Residents will be based at the same clinic location for the duration of the three years of residency training.

Benefits Summary 2014-2015

Salary and Benefits
Benefits PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3

 Salary

$45,668 $46,967 $48,625

 Housing Allowance

$3,600  $3,600  $3,600 
 TOTAL SALARY  $49,268  $50,567 $52,225

Vacation:

Residents receive three weeks paid vacation each academic year, plus five days for approved continuing medical education leave in each of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Vacation is allowed in one-week blocks only, and may be prescheduled by the Program for PGY-1s. Vacation does not accrue if unused.

Excused Absences:
Accumulated at a rate of 1 day per month, up to a maximum of 12 days per year.

Health Plan:
Comprehensive health coverage for the resident and his/her dependents through the General Health System Health Plan, paid by Baton Rouge General. Optional medical spending account, dental insurance plan and dental discount plan can be chosen at the resident's expense.

Life Insurance:
Term life insurance coverage is provided to the resident in an amount equal to annual base salary - paid by Baton Rouge General. Optional life insurance and disability benefits can be elected.

Professional Liability

Insurance:
House staff are covered through the Louisiana Patient Compensation Fund and General Health System's Professional Liability Plan for all duties performed as a resident - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Professional Fees:
Paid by Baton Rouge General.

The Program pays dues for residents to belong to the American College of Physicians. 

The Board Exam fee will be paid for each third-year resident in good academic standing during the PGY-3 year.

ACLS, PALS, NALS & ALSO will be provided or paid for (up to $150) one time during residency.

USMLE Step 3 exam fee.

CME Fund:
Each resident receives a fund, currently $1,800, from which they may draw $600 during the PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to support attendance at Continuing Medical Education meetings or for personal professional books, journals or materials - paid by Baton Rouge General. Approval criteria will apply to use of the funds.

Moving Expenses:
New residents may receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 for actual incurred expenses - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Financial Management:
Personal retirement savings funds with unique and valuable tax advantages are available through the General Health System Tax Sheltered Annuity program. Regular share savings account by payroll deduction and other savings and loan programs are available at Bayou Federal Credit Union.

Other Discounts:
Residents receive discounts on prescriptions and discounts for services, programs and facilities of General Health System.

Other Benefits:
White coats and laundry service are provided - paid by Baton Rouge General.

Resident Lounge - The Resident Lounge is available exclusively for our residents. It includes phones, computers, TV and lockers, as well as a lot of comfortable furniture. Each resident has their own e-mail address, plus internet access and other computer resources.

The Physicians' Lounge is open for residents to relax, privately access telephones and dictate records using the hospital's centralized dictation telephones.

Complimentary meals are available while on-call and at many conferences, as well as in the Physicians' Lounge. Residents will receive a discount at the hospital's cafeteria.

Complimentary covered multi-tiered parking is also provided in a secured lot conveniently connected to the Baton Rouge General by a crosswalk.
  • Residents must complete BLS and ACLS prior to starting residency.
  • All of our residents take the American College of Physicians In-Training Exam annually.
  • US Medical School Graduates are required to become eligible for, apply for and receive licensure in Louisiana upon successful completion of the PGY-1 year.
  • Moonlighting is allowed during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years for residents in good academic standing in the program, as per the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. All moonlighting will be monitored by the Program Director. Before residents can moonlight they must be ACLS certified and have proof of malpractice coverage. Residents will be required to register their hours and sites with the program.
  • We are committed to call frequency that does not exceed every fourth night for PGY-1 house staff.
  • We offer a flexible maternity/paternity leave policy.
  • We only accept applications through ERAS.
Floyd Roberts, Jr., MD, FACP, FCCP - Designated Institutional Official, Internal Medical Residency Program

Floyd Roberts, Jr., MD, FACP, FCCP

Designated Institutional Official, Internal Medical Residency Program

Dr. Roberts is a pulmonary specialist and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans before attending University of Alabama, where he completed his internship, residency and fellowship. Dr. Roberts is board certified in internal medicine, and specializes in pulmonary disease. He holds the appointment of Dean of Tulane University School of Medicine's Baton Rouge satellite campus.
Venkat Banda, MD, FACP - Program Director, Internal Medical Residency Program

Venkat Banda, MD, FACP

Program Director, Internal Medical Residency Program

Dr. Banda completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Banda is board certified in internal medicine and hospital medicine. He holds the appointments of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine for Tulane University School of Medicine and serves as medical director of Hospital Medicine Group.

Rabih Atallah, MD - Faculty Member

Rabih Atallah, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Atallah earned his medical degree from Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Atallah is board certified in internal medicine.
Subhakar Gummadi, MD - Faculty Member

Subhakar Gummadi, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Gummadi earned his Doctor of Medicine from Siddhartha Medical College in Vijayawada India. He completed his residency at Rush-Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois. Dr. Gummadi is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Robert Kenney, MD - Faculty Member

Robert Kenney, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Kenney has been a core medical faculty member for the Tulane University School of Medicine’s Baton Rouge satellite campus and Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program since April 2011. His focus includes the education of Tulane/Baton Rouge General Internal Medicine residents as well as medical students, and additionally, he serves Medical Director of Quality, supporting all other hospital programs. Recently retired from his 26-year private practice at Renal Associates of Baton Rouge, Dr. Kenney brings a breadth of expertise to our team, as a clinician and educator.
Katherine May, MD - Faculty Member

Katherine May, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. May earned her Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences in New Orleans, LA. She completed her residency at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. Dr. May is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Melanie McKnight, MD - Faculty Member

Melanie McKnight, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. McKnight earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport and completed her residency at University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. McKnight completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Hospital Bichat in Paris France and a fellowship in Nephrology at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
Catalina Negulescu, MD - Faculty Member

Catalina Negulescu, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Negulescu earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Lasi Romania. She completed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Karthik Reddy, MD - Faculty Member

Karthik Reddy, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Reddy earned his Doctor of Medicine from Gandhi Medical College in Secunderabad India. He completed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Reddy is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds a Master's in Biology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.

Vasudev Tati, MD - Faculty Member

Vasudev Tati, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Tati earned his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Karnataka, India and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Tati is board certified in internal medicine and serves as Assistant Professor for Tulane University School of Medicine.
S. Raju Vatsavai, MD - Faculty Member

S. Raju Vatsavai, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Vatsavai earned his medical degree from Siddartha Medical College in Vijayawada, India and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed a clinical research fellowship in the department of Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Raju is board certified in internal medicine and serves as Assistant Professor for Tulane University School of Medicine.
Dustyn Williams, MD - Faculty Member

Dustyn Williams, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Dustyn Williams graduated from Yale University and earned his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Williams is pending board certification in Internal Medicine.

Class of 2017

Bahareh Binesh, MD -
Bahareh Binesh, MD
Martin Binesh, MD -
Martin Binesh, MD
Aaron DeWitt, MD -
Aaron DeWitt, MD
Justin Hogan, MD -
Justin Hogan, MD
Rahul Kurapati, MD -
Rahul Kurapati, MD
Vijay Neelam, MD -
Vijay Neelam, MD
Kishan Talagadadeevi, MD -
Kishan Talagadadeevi, MD
Robert Territo, MD -
Robert Territo, MD

Class of 2016

Ramsy Abdelghani, MD -
Ramsy Abdelghani, MD
Christopher Hodnette, MD -
Christopher Hodnette, MD
Ania Kosztowski, MD -
Ania Kosztowski, MD
Ryan Leonards, MD -
Ryan Leonards, MD
Charmi Patel, MD -
Charmi Patel, MD
Hiren Patel, MD -
Hiren Patel, MD
Sarah Robichaux,MD -
Sarah Robichaux,MD
Shravani Surakanti, MD -
Shravani Surakanti, MD
John Thornton,MD -
John Thornton,MD

Class of 2015

Sunil Buddaraju, MD -
Sunil Buddaraju, MD
Rajasekhar Katuru MD -
Rajasekhar Katuru MD
Aurash Khoobehi, MD -
Aurash Khoobehi, MD
Srikar R. Mapakshi, MD -
Srikar R. Mapakshi, MD
Sami Mohammed Abdus, MD -
Sami Mohammed Abdus, MD
Thankam Nair, MD -
Thankam Nair, MD
Anusha Nallaparaju, MD -
Anusha Nallaparaju, MD
Shohala Numaira, MD -
Shohala Numaira, MD

CLASS OF 2014

Ali Baghian, MD -
Ali Baghian, MD
Alejandra Izaguirre, MD -
Alejandra Izaguirre, MD
Mydhili Kanumilli, MD -
Mydhili Kanumilli, MD
Mark T. Mauriello, MD -
Mark T. Mauriello, MD
Walter D. Mendoza, MD -
Walter D. Mendoza, MD
Anand J. Pullapilly, MD -
Anand J. Pullapilly, MD
Jeffrey A. Robinson, MD -
Jeffrey A. Robinson, MD


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