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 Baton Rouge General’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program and do not accept any applicants outside of the match. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)The deadline to submit an application is December 31 of each calendar year.

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

Applicants to the Internal Medicine Residency Program must have completed and submitted the following upon application:
  1. ERAS Common Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
  4. A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation from faculty or practitioners with whom you have worked and who can comment on your personal and professional qualifications
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Photograph
  7. Official Medical School Transcript
  8. Official USMLE Step I and 2 transcripts


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 


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

  • You must be ECFMG Certified when applying if you have already graduated from medical school or you must be eligible for an ECFMG Certificate in order to apply. We require that you submit your ECGMG certificate through ERAS before February 1
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S., or possess a valid visa
  • Have a current U.S. mailing address
  • Incomplete applications may result in a delay or elimination of application review and subsequent invitations to interview.
  • Each application is reviewed in its entirety for overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. 
PGY-1
Internal Medicine
5 months  Bluebonnet
Night Float 6 weeks
Bluebonnet
Emergency Medicine
1 month
Bluebonnet
ICU
1 month Bluebonnet
Subspecialty Electives 2 months  Bluebonnet
Elective Rotation 1 month
Psychiatry
2 weeks  Mid City 
PGY-2 
Internal Medicine  3 months  Bluebonnet 
Swing Shift 2 weeks  Bluebonnet 
Night Float 1 month  Bluebonnet 
ICU 1 or 2 months  Bluebonnet 
Subspecialty Rotations 3 months  Bluebonnet 
Electives 1 or 2 months  Bluebonnet 
Transitions of Care 2 weeks  Mid City 
PGY-3 
Internal Medicine 1.5 months  Bluebonnet 
Night Float 2 weeks  Bluebonnet 
ICU 1 or 2 months  Bluebonnet 
Subspecialty Rotations 4 months  Bluebonnet 
Electives 1 or 2 months  Bluebonnet & Mid City 
Ambulatory Medicine/Practice Management 1 month  Mid City Medicine Clinic/Continuity Clinic 
Swing Shift 2 weeks  Bluebonnet 
Transitions of Care 2 weeks  Mid City 
Sub Specialty Selective Rotations/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, Research, 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 Mid City Medicine Clinic located at Baton Rouge General Mid City, directed by Katherine May, M.D., IM Board Certified and Core Faculty. Residents will be based at the same clinic location for the duration of the three years of residency training where they will see a broad variety of pathologies and be expected to have their own panel of patients.

Admitting Resident Medicine Service (ARMS)
This rotation is intended to:
  • Allow residents to gain experience in managing hospitalized patients independently
  • Learn the skills to prioritize tasks, time management and systems-based practice 
  • Learn and interact with ER in a timely and professional manner to facilitate transitions in care

Benefits Summary

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

 Salary

$46,168 $47,467 $49,125

 Housing Allowance

$3,600 $3,600 $3,600
 Total Salary
$49,768  $51,067 $52,725
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 increments only, and may be prescheduled by the Program for PGY-1s. Vacation does not accrue if unused.

Health Plan:
Comprehensive health coverage for the resident and his/her dependents is provided 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 elected 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 at the resident's expense.

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.

Covered Professional Fees:
  • Dues to belong to the American College of Physicians will be paid for. 
  • ACLS, PALS, NALS & ALSO will be paid for (up to $150) one time during residency. 
  • USMLE Step 3 exam fee will be paid for (if taken by the 9th month of the first year of training). 

CME Fund:
Residents receive an allowance during each year of training to provide support in attending continuing medical education meetings, purchasing educational books, journals or materials and/or fees associated with your education, as well as a $350 allowance that may be used toward the purchase of an iPad. Approval criteria will apply to use of the funds by the Program Director – paid by Baton Rouge General.

Moving Expenses:

New residents may receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 for actual incurred moving 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, services and programs 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. Each resident has their own e-mail address, internet access and other computer resources. 
  • Residents are issued meal tickets while on-call, as well as the opportunity to eat 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 beginning 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 and include in Duty Hours reporting. 
  • 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. 
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.

Vasudev Tati, MD - Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Vasudev Tati, MD

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

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.
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.
William "Keith" Kellum, MD - Faculty Member

William "Keith" Kellum, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Kellum earned his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences in Shreveport, Louisiana. He completed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences in New Orleans. Dr. Kellum 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.
Paul Murphree, MD - Faculty Member

Paul Murphree, MD

Faculty Member

Paul Murphree, MD earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas. He completed his residency at Alton Ochsner in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Murphree is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
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.
Anup Subedee, MD - Faculty Member

Anup Subedee, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Subedee earned his Doctor of Medicine from Guangxi Medical University in Nanning, China. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Dr. Subedee completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Subedee is Board Certified in Internal 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 received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He received his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Tulane. He carries specialized training in medical education. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. His research interest is focused on using technology to standardize, scale, and automate medical education.
Carol Stephens - Program Supervisor

Carol Stephens

Program Supervisor

Leanne Guzzardo - Program Coordinator

Leanne Guzzardo

Program Coordinator

Class of 2018

Abhishek Alluri, MD -
Abhishek Alluri, MD
Galyna Clous, MD -
Galyna Clous, MD
Eric Frusha, MD -
Eric Frusha, MD
Victor Gasia, MD -
Victor Gasia, MD
Yasmin Hajja, MD -
Yasmin Hajja, MD
Chenna Nalabolu, MD -
Chenna Nalabolu, MD
Gabriel Randall, MD -
Gabriel Randall, MD
Gaetano Ruggiero, MD -
Gaetano Ruggiero, MD

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


Bluebonnet

Address:8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
(225) 763-4000

Mid City

Address:3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
(225) 387-7000