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FAQs

What is your application process?
Our residency program only accepts applications through the AAMC's Electronic Residency Application Service. ERAS collects the required materials and then transmits these documents from your medical school to our residency program.
We do not require any materials beyond the ERAS requirements. We also participate in the National Residency Matching Program.

The following documents must be provided to ERAS:

  • Completed application

  • Personal statement

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Official transcript from your medical school

  • Dean's letter

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a specialist in internal medicine)

  • USMLE Board score results

Please do not mail any documents to us unless we request them from you directly.


When is your application deadline?
December 31 is our application deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications by the end of October because our interview days become filled very quickly.


When do you notify applicants if they will be invited for an interview?
While the Dean’s letter is not released until November 1, we review applications that are otherwise complete starting in late September and will notify individuals of interview offers as the applications are reviewed.


How many PGY1 positions do you offer?
We offer 30 categorical and 10 preliminary positions.


Do you have minimum USMLE scores when considering applicants for an interview?
Yes, our acceptable minimum USMLE score is 200. Almost all interviewed applicants have passed each USMLE step on the first attempt, and most have already completed/passed Step I, Step II, and Step II CS. We do not consider applicants with more than two attempts on any individual USMLE step or with failures on more than one step.


Are COMLEX scores OK for osteopathic applicants, instead of USMLE scores?
COMLEX (two-digit) scores of 80 or above are acceptable. Almost all interviewed applicants have passed each COMLEX step on the first attempt and have already passed Step I, Step II, and Step II CS. We do not consider applicants with more than two attempts on any individual COMLEX step or with failures on more than one step.


Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement for international medical graduates (IMGs) who apply to your program?
Yes, prior U.S. clinical experience is strongly preferred before applying to our program. Almost all interviewed applicants who are IMGs have had some U.S. clinical experience, specifically in internal medicine. We strongly encourage IMG applicants to obtain letters of recommendation from mentors within the U.S. who have observed their clinical work in this country and in the field of internal medicine. Please also note that ECFMG certificates, when appropriate, must be current prior to the Match.


Which visa types does your program accept?
We are only able to accommodate J1 visas.


Do you offer any pre-Match positions?
No, all applicants must go through the NRMP.



 

Does your institution/program offer observerships or externships?
No, we are not able to offer observerships or externships due to institutional policies regarding patient privacy and liability.


What is your accreditation status?
Our Internal Medicine Residency Program has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Does your program offer fellowships?
Our sponsoring organization offers internal medicine fellowships in cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and hematology/oncology.


Do your residency program graduates go on to do fellowships?
Yes, a high proportion of our residency program graduates go on to subspecialty training. Last year, about 80% of our graduates who desired to go on to fellowship training matched into a fellowship training position. We will position you to apply for fellowships and be competitive for training positions. Graduates from our program have excelled in all major subspecialties as well as in academic general internal medicine, geriatrics, and a variety of other advanced training programs.


What university affiliation does the hospital have?
We are a Temple University School of Medicine clinical campus and an academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Are there opportunities for residents to participate in research?
There are numerous opportunities for house staff to participate in clinical, translational, or basic science research. Indeed, more than 50% of house staff engage in one or more research projects. Please see our scholarly activity page for more information.


Do you have a mentoring program?
Yes. We strive early in a resident’s training to identify mentors and research
opportunities. Each resident has an academic mentor and a research mentor.


Is there support for travel to national meetings?
We reimburse conference and travel expenses for residents who present scholarly work at national meetings.


How important are duty hours in your program?
We strictly abide by all ACGME regulations for internal medicine residency programs. This includes all regulations regarding duty hours. In our program, we strongly emphasize maintaining a balance between service and education.


Do your hospitals have electronic order entry?
AGH and WPH have Sunrise for order entry and physicians have a Physician Portal that is accessible from home as well.


Is there an on-site daycare center?
Yes, on-site daycare is available.


Is there a meal allowance?
Yes, there is a meal allowance.


Is there an on-site gym?
Yes, there is an on-site gym that is free for residents.

 

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