Program Application Process

Application Requirements

  • M.D., MD/Ph.D., or D.O. from an accredited U.S. institution, or foreign equivalent with ACGM / ECFMG-approved documentation
  • Two years of an ACGME-accredited residency in a clinical discipline prior to starting the program, including 12 months of direct patient care experiences.  (Residency completed at a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited facility can be accepted). 
  • All other things being equal, we will favor applicants who have completed the full term of another residency program
  • Ability to obtain a limited or full license to practice medicine from the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners
  • Basic courses in eukaryotic/mammalian genetics, e.g. obtained in college, medical school, or graduate school
  • Ability to provide supportive recommendation letters—appropriate educators & mentors
  • A strong, well-founded desire to become a practicing medical geneticist
  • Meet trainee eligibility requirement set by OHSU GME, ACGME Medical Genetics, ABMGG Clinical Genetics

Foreign Medical Graduates

Graduates of international medical schools who are applying for medical internships, residencies or fellowships must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain authorization to work.

Application Procedure

Required Documentation

Submit the following directly to the program electronically at
(Please include full name, contact information and intentions of this correspondence)

  • Foreign applicants must also supply:
    • TOEFL certificate (except native English speakers)
    • Certified translations of any certificates or degrees in foreign languages
    • Current visa status and eligibility
    • Other training documentation to establish equivalence to train in the U.S.A.

Submit via ERAS:

  • ERAS Common Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
    • One page describing personal interests & training goals in Medical Genetics
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • COMLEX Transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report (International medical graduates only)
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Two letters (in English) from professional references
    • For M.D.s / D.O.s
    • One letter must be from the director of prior residency program
    • For M.D.s / Ph.D.s
    • One letter must be from their thesis advisor, the director of the graduate program, or from a post-doctoral research fellowship mentor
    • Additional letters from appropriate individuals may be submitted optionally


  • Interviews are conducted from August - October
  • Interviews are granted based upon review of application package

Selection and Notification

  • Residents/fellows are selected based on their preparedness, abilities, aptitudes, academic credentials, and communication skills, as well as on personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.  OHSU's programs do not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious preference, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications accepted till October 31st of the previous year for July 1 openings
    Applications will not be reviewed until all needed materials listed above are received
    Inquiries are encouraged at any time.  Under special circumstances, applicants may be admitted in the middle of the academic year