Internal Medicine Residency Program Achieves Record Pass Rate on Board Exam 

For the fourth consecutive year, Loyola Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam.  

Out of all 16 Internal Medicine residency programs in the state of Illinois, Loyola’s is the only one to achieve such a long-running high standard. It is also one of only a handful of other programs across the country to attain a perfect pass rate over the past four years.  

In 2019, all 32 residents in the Internal Medicine Program passed the exam and earned board-certification, an important professional validation of their clinical training and knowledge.  

Loyola Medicine’s pass rate compares to a national average ABIM pass rate of 91 percent in 2016, 92 percent in 2017, and 95 percent in 2018. The 2019 national and state average pass rates will be published in early 2020.  

“Having all of our Internal Medicine residents pass their boards over the last four years speaks to the quality of Loyola’s residency program and the effort put forth by our faculty and staff to challenge our residents and help them to succeed,” said Loyola’s Internal Medicine Residency Program director Kevin Simpson, MD.  

Simpson likens the program’s perfect pass rate on the ABIM certification exam to a football team going undefeated four years in a row. Simpson is also a professor of pulmonary and critical medicine, vice chair of education within Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Medicine, and a Notre Dame football fan. 

At Loyola, residents participate in a highly intensive hospital-based experience that includes Loyola University Medical Center’s active organ transplant program, advanced subspecialty services and busy intensive care units. The rigorous clinical training, faculty mentoring, and ABIM board certification combine to make the university’s Internal Medicine residents highly sought after as hospitalists, primary care physicians, and for subspecialty fellowships among medical practices and health systems across the country.