FAQ

Why should I choose this program?
There are many strong points in this program: the didactics, clinical experience, and the attending physicians come to mind first. What we believe truly separates us from many of the other programs is our commitment to education.

Do you lose out by being at a community hospital as opposed to a University hospital?
We feel we have the best of both worlds here at St. Vincent’s. We have ample opportunity to interact with other residents and teaching faculty as well as with private attending physicians. We are well respected by nurses and staff for our clinical skills and judgment throughout the hospital.

How about didactics?
We feel that we have a very strong didactic program. We have four hours of protected lecture time each week. During that time, the pediatric attendings and attendings from other specialties, give simulation lab workshops, core and research lectures. We also have M & M, and Board reviews. We have protected monthly Journal Club meetings and twice monthly board review.

How is moonlighting perceived?
Moonlighting is not allowed.

How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our deadline for receipt of applications is December 1.

What are the application requirements?
We require a medical school Dean’s letter and transcript, three letters of recommendations, a letter (if available) from the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. In addition, USMLE scores, curriculum vitae, and a personal statement are required. Once your application is complete, it is reviewed by our Selection Committee, and selected applicants will be invited for an interview.  We review all applications for qualified individuals.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?
Yes.

Are there additional requirements for International Medical Graduates?
IMG’s must have a valid ECFMG certificate by match date. The above requirements also apply. Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center has a very diverse medical staff. We pride ourselves on our Graduate Medical Education department, and staff our residencies with physicians from all walks of life and many different cultures. Graduation from medical school within the last 3 years is preferred. Work experience is considered.

Clinical Experience
US Clinical Experience is not required, but is preferred.  Research experience is helpful but not required.

VISA
The institution will sponsor H-1B VISAs to exceptional candidates on a very limited basis, and we offer J-1 VISA.

USMLE Scores
We prefer that you pass USMLE step 1 and 2 on your first attempt.

Do you offer pre-match positions?
No. All positions are filled through the match process.

What is the schedule for an interview day?
Our interview day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. Applicants will meet with our Academic Coordinator and discuss the benefits of joining with Mercy Health for their Pediatric Residency. They will then meet individually with a panel of faculty and a current Mercy Health resident for their interview. This will be followed by an individual meeting with the Program Director. We will then tour our facilities as a group with either a resident or faculty member. When the tour is complete, applicants will be provided lunch with residents and faculty. Once the interview season is completed, applicants are ranked with NRMP and the MATCH occurs in March.

We are looking for exceptional applicants who are mature team players.

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