The residency program selects the best qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, cultural background, color, national origin, handicap or age. We receive more than 3000 applications annually for our categorical and preliminary programs. As such, we are unable to interview many very good applicants. Upon careful review of all applications, our Recruitment Committee extends offers for interviews to roughly the top 6% of our applicant pool. Our Leadership Team is responsible for final ranking of candidates. Criteria utilized by the committee for selection are academic achievement, clinical competence, moral and ethical qualities, compassion, social responsibility, collegiality and enthusiasm.
Candidate requirements include:
- A completed application form through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) from the candidate’s medical school
- Recommendation letters from three faculty members
- Medical school transcripts
- Personal Statement
- ECFMG certification, if applicable
- For Osteopathic applicants, we accept results of COMLEX and/or USMLE exams.
Applicant Selection for Interviews
We are proud to have an abundance of Allopathic, Osteopathic and International graduates apply to our residency. Last year, we had more than 100 applicants for each of our positions.
The general qualities we are looking for in an application review include:
- Performance in medical school
- No more than 3 years from medical school graduation
- Performance on USMLE exams
- Passing all USMLE/COMLEX exams on the first attempt
- Must have passing scores for Step 1/CK/CS (or COMLEX equivalent) prior to submission of ROL
- Humanism and community service
- High quality letters of recommendation
- Hands on clinical experience within the past year
- Clinical experience in the US
- Meaningful personal statements
- Additional requirements for applicants requiring a J-1 Visa include:
Agreement to obtain ECFMG certification before February 1
Timeline for Application Review
All applications are reviewed systematically. We will begin extending invitations in late October and will have invited the majority of our applicants by the end of November.
Statement Regarding Post-Interview Communication:
In accordance with our policy on clear communication with our residency applicants, we wish to share our process of developing a rank list. We rank each applicant using a standardized method considering all components of the ERAS application and interviews. While some programs have encouraged and utilized post-interview communication with applicants in the ranking process, we do not use post-interview communications in our ranking process. Because our ability to honor such requests would be limited, out of fairness to all, we also do not offer opportunities for a “second look” to any applicants.
The Op/Ed “Manipulation and the Match” by Carl Erik Fisher, MD, in JAMA, Vol. 302 No. 12, September 23/30, 2009 provides insight to this practice.
We would be glad to receive feedback from applicants about the interview experience. We will happily discuss any questions or concerns. However, we do not expect or encourage post-interview communication as part of a high quality application. We want you to be assured that we are absolutely committed to a fair process for all applicants.