How to apply to the Internal Medicine Residency Program

At The Ohio State University, we are eager to interview highly qualified candidates for our Internal Medicine Residency Program. We accept applications only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Paper applications will not be reviewed. The following are required:
  • Dean's letter (MSPE)
  • Letter from Internal Medicine Department or Chair
  • One additional letter of recommendation
  • Application within five years of graduation from medical school
  • A passing score of USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (scores over 240 are preferred)

Guidelines for international medical graduates

International medical graduates may apply to our training program via the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the ERAS. Applicants must have a valid ECFMG certificate and must be eligible for ECFMG sponsorship for the J-1 visa as an exchange visitor for the entire program. J-1 is the preferred visa. H-1B visas can be considered if the applicant is a medical student at an LCME-AOA accredited US medical school on an F-1 student visa (H-1B to begin after completion of optional practical training (OPT) year) or; if the applicant is currently on an H-1B at another institution. H-1B visas are allowed only with the approval of the OSU Graduate Medical Education office and cannot be guaranteed to any applicant.

The following are required:

  • Application within five years of graduation from medical school
  • No prior PGY-1 experience
  • A minimum of three months of US inpatient clinical experience prior to application (i.e. official inpatient externship)
  • Two letters of recommendation from US physicians familiar with your clinical skills
  • A passing score of USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (scores over 240 are preferred)
  • ECFMG Certification is required by the end of interview season

Air Force Match application requirements

OSU Internal Medicine Program Requirements (NOTE: These are OSU requirements, not DoD):
  • All applicants should submit the following to be considered for an interview:
    • Current CV
    • Transcript
    • USMLE / COMLEX transcript
    • Personal Statement
    • 3-4 Letters of Recommendation
    • MSPE if/when available
  • All documents should be uploaded in MODS as well as emailed to Maddy Hennessy ( no later than August 15th so we can review and issue interview invitations.
  • We will hold several group interview days which will be communicated to the applicants after determining if we will be offering them an interview.
    • Interview dates will most likely be held in September.

Timeline (dates are approximate):
  • July 1 – Results are posted online at the AF GME website, and a call for applicants
    • Applicants should be scheduling site visits, uploading application materials, etc.
  • August 15 – Last day for applicants to express their interest to OSU Internal Medicine (see below)
  • August 31 – Window closes for submitting initial DoD GME application and CV into MODS
  • October 7 – Last day for applicants to complete their interviews with respective programs 
  • October 15 – Last day for training location preference changes and last day for program directors to enter their interview results into MODS
  • October 28 – “Scoring Week” begins
  • November 18 – Joint Services GME Selection Board (JSGMESB) convenes to select applicants and match them to programs via the “military match”
  • December (mid) – “Military Match” results released and applicants given ~1 week to sign/decline
  • January 15 – GME acceptance letters due to AF Physician Education

Typical Interview day to include:
  • 2-3 Interviews with faculty
  • Meet with current residents
  • Half day at OSU
  • Tour of the OSU Medical Center

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