Applicant Information & Resources

2018-19 IM Resident Medical Schools
Our Internal Medicine residents come from medical schools across the country and around the world.

How to Apply

Applications for internship will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from September 15 - October 1, 2018. All intern positions will be filled through the National Residency matching program (NRMP). Traditionally all positions fill and we do not have available positions post-Match.
Application Information

The application materials we require are as follows:
    • Dean's Letter/MSPE
    • Letters of Recommendation: Minimum of 3, maximum of 4
      • One of these letters should be the departmental/chair letter
      • At least one of the other letters should come from an Internal Medicine faculty member
    • Personal Statement
    • Medical School Transcript
    • USMLE Transcript (with at least a Step 1 score)
  • We offer career pathways in both Categorical and Primary Care Medicine but have only one match code number (Categorical Program NRMP Code Number: 1599140C0).
  • 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.
 

Interview Schedule

The OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program will be conducting intern applicant interviews on the following days for 2018-2019:

  • October: 29
  • November: 2, 5, 7, 14, 16, 19, 26, 30
  • December: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21
  • January: 2, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 23
We will be inviting qualified applicants starting in mid-October on an ongoing basis. 

Typical Interview Day

Mondays and Wednesdays

7:30am - 8:45am: Orientation/Welcome
8:45am - 9:00am: Break
9:00am - 10:00am: Interviews
10:15am - 11:00am: Inpatient Rounds
11:00am - Noon: Interviews
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Noon Report with lunch
1:15pm - 1:45pm: Wrap-Up/Q&A
1:45pm End of interview visit; unless you choose to participate in the self-guided tour*

*Candidates have the option of taking a self-guided tour.

Fridays

7:30am - 8:45am: Orientation/Welcome
8:45am - 9:00am: Break
9:00am - 10:00am: Interviews
10:15am - 11:00am: Inpatient Rounds
11:00am - Noon: Interviews
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch with Residents
1:15pm - 2:15pm: Intern Report
2:15pm - 2:45pm Wrap-Up/Q&A
2:45pm - End of interview visit; unless you choose to participate in the self-guided tour*
*Candidates have the option of taking a self-guided tour.

Evening Meet & Greet

We offer a meet and greet with the current housestaff the evening before all interview dates.  Dinner event information will be posted in our interview management software (Thalamus) and may be viewed when you schedule your interview.  Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet current residents during the interview day.


Travel Resources

Below are resources to assist you in your trip to Portland. Read below for transportation options, recommended hotels, dining options, location of the pre-interview meet & greet, and directions to campus.

Portland Smartphone Apps

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

Transit from Portland Airport to Downtown

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.
  • Door-to-door shuttle services charge a flat rate (approximately $14 one way). Some require advance reservations.
  • 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 www.trimet.org to plan your trip.

Recommended Hotel Information - get the OHSU rate!

We have compiled a list of recommended hotels for your Portland stay:

Where to Eat and What to Do While in Town

Getting to Campus on Interview Day

We will begin the interview day at 8am at the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus in the Hatfield Research Center Room 11D03 (the D wing of the OHSU Hospital 11th Floor).

Public Transit:

  • 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 www.trimet.org 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.

Taxicab:

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

Driving:

View the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus Map and driving directions to OHSU.  We will send you instructions on parking via email.

Map it - Hotel Options, Meet & Greet Locations, Dining Options

Click on a bed icon for hotel details and nearby dining options. Our pre-interview meet-and-greet locations are also listed on the map (icon of a glass). View a larger image of the map.

 

Frequently Asked Application Questions

What is your application deadline?
For the 2019 Match, we will accept applications September 15, 2018 through October 1, 2018.  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 tab.

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?
No

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 2019 Match, you must have graduated from medical school no earlier than 2016.  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 2018) and current international medical students must be ECFMG verified by June 2018.

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 101 residents in our program for the 2018-19 academic year, and all but 3 are U.S. medical school graduates.

Do you participate in the couples match?
Yes.

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