Frequently Asked Application Questions

Application FAQ's

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What is your application deadline?
For the 2018 Match, we will accept applications September 15, 2017 through October 1, 2017.  Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.  All intern positions will again be filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Traditionally all positions fill and we do not have available positions post-Match.  

How many letters of recommendation may I submit?
You may submit a minimum of 3, maximum of 4 letters of recommendation. One of these letters should be the departmental/chair letter and at least one of the other letters should come from an Internal Medicine faculty member.

When are your interviews?
We generally interview late October/early November through mid to late January.  For a list of interview dates, please visit our Interview Schedule web page.

What are your Resident salary, benefits, and contract information?
View salary and benefit information on the OHSU GME website
View a sample resident contract

Are USMLE exam scores mandatory?
US medical school applicants must pass step 1, step 2 CK and step 2 CS prior to graduation.
Non-US medical school applicants must pass step 1, step 2 CK and step 2 CS in order to be ECFMG certified.

Do you have a minimum USMLE score?
Although we have made it our policy not to quote a "minimum score" for the USMLE, please be aware that we are a highly competitive program and a higher score will increase the strength of your application.  Traditionally, the applicants who receive an interview with us have scores that fall in the neighborhood of 230+ and pass the exams in the first attempt.

Do you accept COMLEX scores instead of USMLE scores?
Yes, but we recommend submitting USMLE scores in addition to COMLEX.

Do you offer preliminary or transitional year positions?

Do you hire outside of the NMRP match?
No, we do not.  We participate as an "All In" program with the NRMP and are therefore prohibited from hiring outside of the Match.

Do you offer visiting resident/medical student rotations?
Our School and Department policies dictate that only medical students and resident physicians currently enrolled in LCME or ACGME accredited institutions are eligible to apply for visiting rotations.  Medical students may visit the OHSU School of Medicine website for more information.

Do you have a graduation year cutoff?
We require completion of medical school within the last 2 years. To apply for the 2018 Match, you must have graduated from medical school no earlier than 2015.  Our graduation year cutoff requirement is strict given the number of competitive applications that we receive.

Is U.S. clinical experience required for international graduates?
We require at least one year of clinical experience in the United States or in a health care system similar to the U.S. (e.g., Australia, Ireland, and the like).  We do not count externships, observerships, or bench research work as clinical experience.

What is your requirement for ECFMG certification (for international medical graduates)?
To be considered for a personal interview, international graduates must be ECFMG certified by the NRMP ranking deadline (Feb 2017) and current international medical students must be ECFMG verified by June 2017.

Do you sponsor visas?
We are willing to sponsor visas, including but not limited to H-1B and J-1, for those who match with us.  You must be legally able to work in the U.S. or be eligible to obtain work authorization.

How many IMG's are in your program?
We have 98 residents in our program for the 2017-18 academic year, and all but 2 are U.S. medical school graduates.

Do you participate in the couples match?

Do you support the ABIM research pathway?
Yes, in selected specialties only.