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Application Process

Application process is via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept applications or additional letters of recommendation received in the mail or sent by fax. The program is notified when an applicant updates their file.

Program Requirements for U.S. Medical Graduates

  • Letters:
    • MSPE/Dean’s Letter
    • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of three):
      • One from the Department of Medicine at your school
      • Two from professional contacts of your choice
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Passing scores from the USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS
    • In lieu of USMLE, the program accepts COMLEX scores for applicants in an osteopathic program
  • Personal Statement

Program Requirements for International Medical Graduates

  • U.S. citizen or permanent residency
    • We only accept J1 Visas sponsored by the ECMFG and H1B Visas in transfer We Do Not Initiate H1B Visas
  • Recent U.S. Clinical training in an ACGME approved program is preferred
  • Recent graduate of medical school preferred
  • Valid ECFMG certificate/status report including passing USMLE Step1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS
  • Letters
    • MSPE/Dean's Letter
    • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three):
      • One from the Department of Medicine at your medical school
      • Two from professional contact of your choice
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE transcript that documents pass on first attempt
  • Personal Statement
  • Current curriculum vitae which includes all activity from the date of medical school graduation to present, all time must be accounted for

USMLE and COMLEX Scores

While there is no absolute cutoff for consideration, applicants with low USMLE or COMLEX scores are unlikely to be granted interviews unless other aspects of their application are unusually impressive.  

Interviews

Invitations for interviews are issued only after the applicant's file is complete and has been reviewed by our selection committee. All first-year appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program.  All appointments are for one year and will be renewed by agreement of both parties.

Interviews will be scheduled through ERAS.  We ask that you please respond to our interview invitation within 72 hours to assure your interview opportunity.  Once your interview is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information including your itinerary, as well as lodging and travel information.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Most invitations to interview are sent by the end of December. However, we keep a small number of applicants on a waiting list in the event of cancellations. Interviews occur late-October through mid-January.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine requires passing scores on USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS for eligibility for a limited (training) license, which is required to start a PGY-1 year. There is no flexibility on this requirement.  We do not require that students take Step 2CK and Step 2CS prior to scheduling an interview; however, we may decide against ranking an applicant who cannot provide passing scores by the NRMP Rank Order deadline.

More Information

For additional information please contact the UMass Internal Medicine Residency Office at (774) 442-2173 or (774) 442-2174.