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

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, complex scores.
  • 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.
  • 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 10 PGY-1 positions, there are at least 100 applicants.

ACGME Institution Code: 1400531031NRMP Categorical (three years): 1921140C0

For International Medical Students

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, complex scores and have no stipulations on your Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California before you begin training.