Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do you begin reviewing applications?

    • We begin reviewing applications as soon as ERAS allows. 

  • What are the key items your program looks for in an application?

    • We look at board scores, clinical experience, Dean’s letter and other letters of reference, medical school transcript, and commitment to working with underserved populations.

  • What is the difference between the categorical, primary and preliminary care residency tracks?

    • The preliminary track is one year of training for applicants matching in a specialty that requires a year long internship, such as anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, PM&R, radiation oncology, etc. 

    • The categorical track is a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine that provides general internal medicine training with a curriculum tailored to residents considering hospitalist or fellowship positions.

    • The primary care track is a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine that provides general internal medicine training with a curriculum tailored to residents considering a career in primary care.

  • Can I apply for both categorical and primary care?

    • Yes. If you want to be considered for both programs you need to select both on ERAS. If you wish to rank both programs you will need to list each on your rank list.

  • What are the USMLE requirements?

    • We use a holistic approach to application review so we look at all scores. The average USMLE step 1 score for our current residents is 222.

  • What are your program’s requirements regarding letters of recommendation?

    • Applicants must provide a Dean’s letter (MSPE), plus 3 letters of recommendation. We prefer at least 2 letters from an internal medicine rotation but given the constraints of clinical rotations during COVID we will accept 3 letters from any rotation.

  • For D.O. applicants, do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores?

    • Both are not required. We accept USMLE and/or COMLEX score transcripts.

  • Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

    • Yes, we do accept IMGs and US-IMGs.

  • As an IMG, do I need to have US clinical experience to be considered for a position in your program?

    • US experience is not required, although it is desirable.

  • Do you require a candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?

    • We do not require an applicant to be ECFMG certified at the time of the application or interview but applicants will need ECFMG certification in order to start their intern year. 

  • Do you sponsor visas?

    • We are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

  • Do you accept applicants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status?

    • Yes​.

  • Does the graduation date from medical school affect consideration for your program?

    • While we welcome all applicants, those who graduated more recently are more competitive given the rapid changes in medicine.