Residency Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a USMLE cutoff score to apply to your program?

There is not a cut off, but we typically match with applicants with 220+ on USMLE.

How many attempts are allowed to pass USMLE?

We prefer that you pass on your first attempt, but special circumstances are considered.

Do I have to have Step 2 of USMLE complete before applying?

Not for the application process, but it is required as part of appointment.

Is training in the US essential?

An emergency medicine rotation or experience in the US is essential.

How long since graduation do you accept medical students into your residency program?

You must have graduated within 5 years from medical school.

How many FMG/IMG's do you have in your program?

Currently we have 1 FMG/IMG in our program.

Do you offer visas?

Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain work authorization.

How many vacant positions do you have?

For 2017-2018, there will be 11 available positions through the match.

How do you submit an application?

Our program only accepts applications through the ERAS Match located at

Do you accept COMLEX scores for DO candidates?

We do accept COMLEX scores, but prefer you also take the USMLE to help better compare you with the larger applicant pool of MD candidates.

How many people get interviews?

In 2016-2017, we had over 1275 applications, and approximately 125 people interviewed at our program.

Do you accept applicants with previous training?

We do accept applicants with previous training and this does not interfere with Medicare reimbursements.

Do you give credit for previous training?

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) grants credit for prior training if you meet their guidelines. Please review their policy at

Do you have any positions available outside the match?

No, we match all of our positions through ERAS. Any vacant positions will be posted on the SAEM residency vacancy website. Please refer to this site for potential opportunities.

Does interviewing early or later in the year improve my chances of matching?

No, you have an equal opportunity to match in our program regardless of the time of year you interview.

What kinds of benefits do you receive as a resident at OHSU?

SAEM Membership (dept. sponsored), ACEP/EMRA Membership (provided by dept and Oregon ACEP), OHSU Vest, Tintinalli text, Access Emergency Medicine for asynchronous learning, Rosh Review, ACEP Learning Portal, Ultrasound text by Chair, Dr. O. John Ma, PALS, ACLS, ACLS Instructor, NRP, ATLS, and other benefits provided as part of your employment package (medical, dental, etc).