2014 Resident/Fellow Eligibility
Policy GME - 01
To assure the fair selection of residents/fellows into St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Graduate Medical Education programs, and to assure compliance with accreditation requirements.
This policy applies to all graduate medical education programs sponsored by St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC).
Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to ACGME-accredited programs at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center:
An applicant invited to interview for a resident/fellow position must be informed, in writing or by electronic means, of the terms, conditions and benefits of appointment to the ACGME-accredited program, either in effect at the time of the interview or that will be in effect at the time of his or her eventual appointment. Information provided: will include: financial support; vacations, parental, sick and other leaves of absences; and professional liability, hospitalizations, health, disability and other insurance accessible to residents/fellows and their eligible dependents.
Visa Requirements - St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center sponsors the following visas:
Exchange Visitor J-1, Required for all International applicants
The foreign national physician must pass Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), or an examination determined to be equivalent to the NBME by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, the foreign national physician must hold a valid Standard ECFMG certificate; have a contract with an ACGME-accredited program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC), provide a written statement from the Ministry of Health in the country of most recent legal permanent residence that attest to the need for physicians trained in the exchange visitor’s specialty and that verifies that the exchange visitor has filed written assurance that he/she will return to the county upon completion of training. The duration of participation for the exchange visitor at SEMC is for the time required to meet the educational requirements for certification by an American specialty board that has been recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Duration of participation is further limited to a maximum of 7 years.
Temporary Worker H-1B visas will not be provided for the 2014/2015 academic year.
Statement Regarding FMGEMS Examination:
The Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) is not a qualifying exam for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Applicants who only hold this exam do not meet the eligibility requirements to train in Massachusetts.
All eligible residents/fellows must have passed USMLE Step III or COMLEX by the end of the PGY 2 year. (Refer to USMLE GME Policy -20)
Effective January 1, 2014, physicians(both US and International) applying for an initial limited license will be required to pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, CK and CS, or the first two levels of COMLEX or complete all parts of MCCQE.
Residents Entering a Program after Completing Preliminary Year or Transfering into a Program from another Institution
A letter from the program director of the resident’s preliminary year program or transferring program indicating he/she has successfully completed the preliminary year or transfer of training must also include a written or electronic verification of previous educational experiences and summative competency-based performance evaluation of the transferring resident.
*Revised and approved at the October 8, 2013 GMEC meeting