2014 Resident/Fellow Eligibility

Resident/Fellow Selection

Visa Requirements

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).


Resident/Fellow Recruitment

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to ACGME-accredited programs at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United State and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Holds a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission
    • For Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in his/her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program.
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Resident/Fellow Selection:

  • Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other legally protected status.
  • All qualified applicants so far as possible should participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), where such is available.

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.

USMLE Requirements:

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)

License Requirements:

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

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