Internal Medicine Requirements
Qualified applicants are invited for interviews from November through January. Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The Program does not offer PGY-1 positions outside of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Criteria for Granting Interviews to Applicants
- Graduated from a U.S. or international medical school in the allotted curriculum time.
- Graduated from medical school a maximum of three years before anticipated start date (applicants graduating more than three years before the anticipated start date are asked to interview on a case-by-case basis).
- Completed U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 (U.S. graduates) and Steps 1 and 2 (international medical graduates) prior to granting of interview.
- Presentation of at least three letters of recommendation and Dean’s letter.
- For International Medical Graduates, a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate, California eligibility letter (Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter), and acceptable immigration status that permits employment in the United States (the program sponsors J1 and H1 visas).
- In the interview, applicants are rated with respect to verbal ability, professional demeanor and interpersonal skills.
- Following the interview and the review of all pertinent information including medical school documents, USMLE test scores and letters of recommendation, a decision is made to rank or not rank an applicant. For each of the eight PGY-1 positions, there are at least 200 applicants.
ACGME Institution Code: 1400531031NRMP Categorical (three years): 1921140C0
For International Medical Students
We do sponsor J-1 and H-1 visas.
We will grant an interview without the Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California, but you will need to bring to the interview a copy of the acknowledgment receipt from the Medical Board indicating they have received your application.
International medical graduates requesting residency training are required by state law to qualify for full licensure in the State of California. We require that you have your Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate, have taken and passed your USMLE Steps I and II, and have no stipulations on your Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California before you begin training.