Applicant Information & Resources

2023-2024 Application Period

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We will accept intern applications for the 2023-24 academic year until September 27, 2023 via ERAS, an Electronic Residency Application Service. We use third party software (Thalamus) to manage our interview scheduling. All positions will be filled via the NRMP Match. 

Effective the 2023-24 recruitment season (for 2024 Match), we will utilize ERAS Program Signaling as part of our holistic review process, but please be assured that we will review all applications, regardless of signaling preference.

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AAMC Student Resources for the 2024 Interview Cycle

AAMC Careers in Medicine recently shared interview resources with fourth-year medical students to provide guidance and effective practices for the components of residency interview season:

We will complete a holistic review of application files once they are complete with the following items:

  • Dean's Letter/MSPE
  • Department/Chair Letter
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • 2 letters minimum/3 maximum, with at least 1 letter written by an internal medicine faculty member
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX Transcript(s)
    • passing score on Step 1 required for application review
    • passing scores on Steps 1 & 2 required for ranking

All OHSU policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a residency position may be found here:

ERAS Applications must be submitted to us by September 27, 2023, all supplemental materials (MSPE, Letters of Rec, Personal Statement, Medical School Transcript, and USMLE Transcript) must be received no later than October 4, 2023. Any applications that remain incomplete after 10/4/23 will not be reviewed and will be removed from consideration.

International medical graduate applicants must be ECFMG certified by the NRMP ranking deadline (February) to be considered.  Current international medical students must be certified by June in the year they graduate.  We require at least one year of clinical experience in the U.S. or in a health care system similar to the U.S. (e.g., Australia, Ireland, and the like) and have graduated from medical school in the last 2 years.  Please note that we do not count externships, observerships, or research work as clinical experience.

Applications for PGY-2 and PGY-3 positions will be accepted (outside of ERAS) if openings arise.  We recommend that interested candidates check with us in late February/early March, as that is when we would begin our recruitment process if openings do become available.

Once the review of a candidate's file has been completed by our selection committee, the candidate will receive an e-mail with our decision. Those invited to interview will schedule using the Thalamus online scheduling platform. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to interview all applicants, but please be assured that you will receive e-mail notification from us, regardless of our decision.

Our interviews will be held on Mondays and Fridays, with an occasional Wednesday, from 8:00am - 2:30pm PST. Please review our statement regarding our reasons for remaining virtual for the interview season

2023-2024 Interview Dates

Interview day schedule is in progress, and will be updated as we have more information.

  • 8 - 9am: Visit with the PD
  • 9 - noon:
    • Two 30 min interviews with two different faculty
    • Small group time with residents/chief residents
    • 1:1 on time with PD
  • Noon - 1pm: resident noon report (similar to morning report)
  • 1 - 2pm: Small group time with residents or 30 min interviews with faculty
  • 10 - 15 min debrief with PD at the conclusion of the day

For the 2023-2024 season, all of our interviews will be conducted virtually. However, we recognize that some may choose to travel to Portland on their own time to further explore what Portland has to offer and offer these travel resources for review:

Portland Apps

The Travel Portland website has a variety of applications for your mobile device to get you around town.

Transit Options

Transit from Portland Airport

There are several ground transportation options for traveling between the Portland Airport and Downtown Portland. The Portland International Airport lists several of these options and transportation company contact information.

  • A Taxicab will cost approximately $35 - $40 and take 20-40 minutes.
  • Uber and Lyft both operate in Portland.
  • Light Rail - the MAX light rail red line runs directly from the airport baggage claim area to downtown Portland approximately every 15 minutes. The cost is $2.50 one-way and takes approximately 35-40 minutes. The MAX intersects with the downtown streetcar line and other bus routes. Go to to plan your trip.

Transit to OHSU Campus

  • The #8 Trimet bus is the main bus from downtown Portland to OHSU. Departures are approximately every 10-15 minutes. The #8 intersects with both the MAX light rail and streetcar routes.
  • The Portland Streetcar intersects with OHSU's Center for Health & Healing (CHH) at the South Waterfront. Marquam Hill is a quick Tram ride up from the CHH (Tram cost is $4.70 up and free down).
  • Other routes that stop at OHSU are: #8, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68. Go to to plan your trip.
  • Portland Aerial Tram - Connects the OHSU South Waterfront Campus with the Marquam Hill Campus

Hotel Shuttles

Some hotels offer shuttle service to OHSU. Inquire with the hotel about shuttle service when you make your reservation.


A taxicab from downtown to OHSU will vary in price depending on where you are staying. Calculate your approximate fare at this site.

Suggested Hotels

Dining Options

What is your application deadline?
For the 2024 Match, we will accept applications through September 27, 2023.  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 2, maximum of 3 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 tab.

What is your Resident salary, benefits, and contract information?

Our residents are members of the OHSU House Officers Union with a current contract that runs through June 2024. The union dues rate is currently 1.27% which results in an average cost to the OHSU HOU member of $68 per month. 

Following are the 2023-24 benefits for OHSU residents, as negotiated in the House Officers' Union contract:

  • Four weeks of annual paid Vacation
  • Three weeks of annual Illness Leave (can be used for health care appointments)
  • Three weeks of Paid Paternal Leave, available after one year of full-time employment
  • Various plan options for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, with optional disability, AD&D, and family coverage ... which takes effect on the first day of orientation in mid-June. Learn more.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (use of pre-tax dollars for eligible health care and child care expenses)
  • Health Savings Account for those who choose a qualifying medical plan (use of pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified medical expenses)
  • House Officer Retirement plan (3% OHSU paid pre-tax contribution that is 100% vested immediately)
  • Resident Wellness Program (free, confidential counseling and coaching services in a private location)
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential counseling and referral services for employees and immediate family)
  • Meal Money
  • Parking (priority parking at a discounted rate)
  • Alternative Transportation (discount on public transit passes; stipend for walking or biking to work)
  • Annual Housing Stipend (currently $2,000 per academic year, paid out monthly)
  • Relocation Assistance ($1,000 for relocation of >20 miles - for new PGY-1s only)
  • Annual Educational Allowance (currently $750 per academic year)
  • USMLE or COMLEX Step 3 Registration Fee reimbursement
  • Medical Licensure cost (Limited Licenses only, paid directly to the medical board)
  • Lab Coats and Scrubs

Are USMLE scores mandatory?
Applicants must report a passing Step 1 score to be eligible for an interview and report passing Step 2 scores by Jan 31 of the year in which they will match.

Do you have a minimum USMLE score?
We have made it our policy not to quote a "minimum score" for the USMLE and utilize a holistic approach to interview selection.  

Do you accept COMLEX scores instead of USMLE scores?
Yes. We recommend submitting USMLE scores in addition to COMLEX, but it is not a mandatory requirement.

Do you offer preliminary or transitional year positions?

Do you hire outside of the NRMP 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?
We are not accepting visiting medical students for Internal Medicine or IM Subspecialty rotations in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Do you have a graduation year cutoff?
To apply for the 2024 Match, you must have graduated from medical school no earlier than 2022.  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. 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 2024) and current international medical students must be ECFMG verified by June 2024.

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 International Medical Graduates are in your program?
We have 106 residents in our program for the 2023-2024 academic year, and all but 9 are U.S. medical school graduates.

Do you participate in the couples match?