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Per ACGME requirements (II.A), the Sponsoring Institution must have written policies and procedures for resident recruitment and appointment and must monitor each program for compliance. These eligibility requirements must be addressed as follows.


  • Resident Eligibility
  • Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to programs:

    1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
      • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, or
      • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
    4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway* program provided by an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Resident Selection
  • The Sponsoring Institution must ensure that it’s ACGME accredited programs select from among eligible applicants on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. ACGME-accredited programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.

    In selecting from among qualified applicants, it is strongly suggested that the Sponsoring Institution and all of its programs participate in an organized matching program, such as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

  • Resident Selection at MCHS
  • Resident selection policy and process at the MCHS Graduate Medical Education closely follow the ACGME guidelines. Resident physicians are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication and interpersonal skills, and personal qualities. All residency programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the national Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) to accept applications, select qualified candidates for interview, and select resident physicians. All applications must be submitted electronically via ERAS for consideration and must meet ACGME eligibility requirements.

  • Application Process
  • For all residencies at MCHS, while we continue to accept applications until the deadline set by each program, applications received by December 1st of each recruitment season will receive priority consideration for potential candidate interviews.

    1. Medical School Dean’s Letter (or equivalent). International medical school graduates (IMGs) must have letters of recommendations that clearly document the graduates’ clinical experience in a U.S. healthcare setting
    2. Two additional letters of recommendation from physicians in the United States
    3. Official medical school transcript
    4. Personal statement of interest in the specialty applied
    5. USMLE Step 1 or AOBME Part I Board scores
    6. USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) or AOBME Part II Board scores
    7. Passage of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)

    Additional requirements include:

    1. All IMGs must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States. MCHS does not sponsor international visas.
    2. For all graduates from non-LCME schools, a minimum one year of clinical rotation experience within the United States healthcare system is strongly preferred.

    Each residency program also has its additional specialty-specific eligibility requirements. Please refer to the residency program’s resident selection policies for details.

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