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Since 1934, Kern Medical has been training residents and
health care professionals in our community.

Surgical Residency Requirements

Qualified applicants are invited for interviews from October through December. 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 US or International medical school in the allotted curriculum time.
  • Graduated from medical school a maximum of 2 years before anticipated start date
  • Completed US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE/COMLEX) Step 1. Applicants must also have passed USMLE/COMLEX II (CS and CK) before starting residency.
  • Presentation of at least three letters of recommendation.
  • For International Medical Graduates, a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate.
  • 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.