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Policy Purpose

Per ACGME Institutional Requirements (IV.A), the Sponsoring Institution, Mount Carmel Health System ("MCHS"), must have written policies and procedures for resident/fellow 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 a residency training program:

  1. a) Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. b) Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  3. c) Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
    1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment, or
    2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
    3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway* program provided by an LCME accredited medical school.

Resident Selection

MCHS must ensure that it’s ACGME accredited residency training programs select from among eligible applicants on the basis of residency training program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. ACGME-accredited residency training 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 MCHS and all of its residency training programs participate in an organized matching program, such as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Resident Selection at MCHS

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

Application Process

For all residency training programs at MCHS, while we continue to accept applications until the deadline set by each program, applications received by December 1 of each recruitment season will receive 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 resident/fellows must provide proof of valid work authorization and a valid social security number. MCHS does not sponsor H1B or other types of 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 training program also has its additional specialty-specific eligibility requirements. Please refer to the residency training program’s resident selection policies for details.

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