Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

What documents are required to apply?

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter / Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • USMLE scores / reports for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS
  • ECFMG certification for international medical graduates (

Do you participate in the Match?
All PGY1 positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

What is your application deadline?
Applications must be submitted through ERAS by December 1.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates (IMGs)?
The majority of the residents in the program are outstanding IMGs. However, the program receives over 500 applications from IMGs and cannot offer interviews to all of the highly qualified candidates who apply.

Is there a cutoff score for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2?
Although applicants who pass the USMLE exams on the first attempt with scores above 200 are the most competitive, we will consider applicants with attempts or lower scores who have an otherwise strong application.

Is there a cutoff graduation date from medical school?
There is no absolute cutoff date. Older graduates should have a CV that demonstrates a productive career since graduation.

Do you require applicants to have passed Step 3?
Applicants do not need to pass Step 3 before applying. All residents must pass Step 3 by the end of the PGY2 year to remain in the program.

Do you accept COMLEX scores instead of USMLE scores from osteopathic medical students?
COMLEX scores are accepted from DO students as a substitute for USMLE scores.

Do you sponsor visas?
The program sponsors residents on J1 visas through ECFMG but does not pay for processing. The hospital no longer sponsors H1B visas for residents.

Do you require clinical experience in the United States?
Applicants are expected to have at least one month of clinical or research experience in the United States or Canada in the form of an observership, externship, or research training program.

Do you require a letter from a psychiatrist?
Letters should be from people who know you well and can provide an unbiased assessment of your clinical or research abilities. Therefore, we would rather have letters from other physicians who know you well than a psychiatrist who has only met you briefly. Likewise, a letter from a junior faculty member is often more effective than a letter from a well-known faculty member who does not know you personally.

What is the deadline for ECFMG certification?
International Medical Graduates must provide documentation of ECFMG certification by February when the rank order list is submitted.

How are applicants notified about interviews?
Applicants who are selected to interview will be notified by email.

Do you offer externships, observerships, or research opportunities?
The program does not offer clinical or research training experiences at the present time.

Whom should I contact for more information?

Tara Lauriat, Ph.D, Program Coordinator


Last updated September 23, 2015

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