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International Medical Graduates

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

Particularly well-qualified international medical school graduates may be considered for admission. International medical graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Is U.S. clinical experience required for international graduates?

No, US clinical experience is not required but it is preferred. We do consider observerships and/or preceptorships to be clinical experience.

Do you offer any observerships or preceptorships for international graduates?

We are accepting applications for Observership beginning October 1, 2015. Please read the attached Observership policy for details. If interested please complete the attached application and send it to the respective Program Coordinator.

Observership Policy Observership Application

How long can I be out of medical school and still apply for your program?

Applicants must be recent (5 or less years) graduates from medical school to be considered competitive. Special exceptions will be considered for

  1. Candidates entering a new residency after completion of a first residency in an ACGME accredited program
  2. Candidates with an MD or DO with a MPH/MS/PhD and extensive prior research experience after completion of an LCME or an AOA accredited medical or osteopathic medical school in the U.S. or Canada, or
  3. Candidates who have served a prolonged period as a general medical officer in the U.S. military.

Where can I find support in applying to ERAS?

The ECFMG offers a service called ERAS Support Services to anyone who is ECFMG certified or nearing certification. The ERAS Support Services will issue the ERAS token, receive the applicant’s supporting documents and transmits them to the ERAS PostOffice, and provide client support between the various organizations.

More information can be found at: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Do you hire outside of the NRMP match?

Not at the PGY-1 level. All GME training programs are required to use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to receive and accept applications to the program. All programs at our facility will participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) as our primary method of recruiting trainees. Please see “How to Apply” page for instructions on PGY-2 and above candidates.

Do you have USMLE minimum score requirements for Step 1 and Step 2?

Internal Medicine applicants must have passed USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 and have taken both components of Step 2 or the COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) Level 1 and have taken both components of Level 2. For standardized test scores, those candidates who have passed both step 1/with a score of 220, and step 2 with 230 USMLE or level 1/level 2 COMLEX with high scores on the first attempt will be considered more competitive in that category. Also we ask that applicants applying for Internal Medicine are not more than five years graduated out of Medical School.

Are there any special requirements for international medical grads?

International Medical Graduates (IMG's) are required to be ECFMG certified at the time of your application or far enough along in the application process that you will receive certification no later than December 31, 2016.

Does your program sponsor Visas?

All J1 visas for physicians in clinical training programs at our institution are sponsored by ECFMG.