FAQ

1. How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Our deadline for receipt of applications is December 15 each year.

2. What are the application requirements?
USMLE/COMLEX scores, curriculum vitae, and a personal statement are required. Once your application is complete, it is reviewed by our Resident and Faculty Recruitment Committee, and applicants are invited for an interview.

USMLE scores – Our residency program does not have any absolute criteria for USMLE scores. Preference is given to candidates with Step 1 scores above 210, Step 2 scores above 215, and who successfully pass the exams on the first attempt. Candidates with 2 attempts on Step 1 and Step 2 CK & CS may be considered.

3. Do you accept International Medical Graduates?
Yes.

4. Are there additional requirements for International Medical Graduates?
Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center has a very diverse medical staff and we believe this diversity strengthens our program and community. IMG’s must have a valid ECFMG certificate by match date. We prefer that you have graduated within the last 5 years.

Research experience is also helpful but not required.

5. Do you offer Visas?
The institution will sponsor H-1 and J-1 visas to exceptional candidates on a very limited basis.

6. Do you offer pre-match positions?
No, we do not offer out of match positions.

7. What is the selection process?
Due to the large volume of applicants, and because of time and space constraints, only about 15% of the applicants are selected for interviews. The match is very competitive, so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible and carefully review the preferred criteria.

8. When do interviews begin?
We begin the interview process in October and run through January, and possibly into February.

9. What is the schedule for an interview day?
An average day begins at approximately 8:30 am. Applicants will have three separate interviews:  one with the program director, one with faculty, and one with a resident. Either the chief resident or another resident will meet with you to show you around our facility/office. We are looking for well qualified, mature team players.  Once the interview season is completed, applicants are ranked with NRMP and the match occurs in March.

10. How many positions do you offer?
We have 6 PGY1 positions available for the upcoming year.

11. What is the call schedule?
Residents take in house call during PGY-2 and PGY-3 years based on rotations. Residents are not scheduled for in house call more than every 3rd night.  There is a Night Float shift in place for the PGY1 residents on the Family Medicine Inpatient rotations while working with a senior resident. PGY1 residents will not be scheduled on “Night Float” for more than 6 consecutive nights.

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