International Medical Graduates

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

Particularly well-qualified international medical school graduates will 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, U.S. clinical experience is not required but it is preferred. We do consider observerships and/or preceptorships to be clinical experience.

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

While most of our residents do not take time off between medical school and residency, we do not have a cut-off date of graduation from medical school in order to apply. Having graduated within five years is strongly encouraged.

What letters are required and acceptable?

We require four letters of recommendation. They should include a Department of Medicine letter, the Dean's letter and two letters of recommendation. We encourage statements to account for time spent since medical school.

Do you hire outside of the NMRP match?

We will accept applications submitted to us electronically through ERAS. If you are an international medical graduate, you must apply to our program through an ECFMG office.

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

Yes. Candidates must obtain a minimum combined Step 1 and Step 2 score of at least the median national score. Also, eligible candidates must have passed Step 2 Clinical Skills.

Are there any special requirements for international medical graduates?

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 February 1, 2016. Also, applicants must have completed USMLE Step 2 prior to beginning residency training in June/July. Having passed Step 3 of USMLE prior to residency is a plus.

Does your program sponsor Visas?

Yes. Visas will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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