International Scholars Track

NRMP code 1566140C4, labelled Internal Med/Intl Scholars.


  • Excellent opportunity for International Medical Graduates with track record and commitment to a career as a physician scientist
  • 3 year internal medicine residency training with full advantages of regular categorical track, compared to the shortened 2 years of IM residency in the Physician Scientist Training Program
  • Research mentorship and ABIM-allowable time dedicated to scholarship
  • Supportive environment for transitioning through clinically rigorous training
  • Applications handled through the regular categorical internal medicine program on ERAS

Desirable applicants:

  • Prior completion of residency training internationally and/or at least 3 months of US inpatient internal medicine clinical training with references
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores > 230 preferred
  • Relevant basic science, translational or clinical research experience leading to 5 or more publications

This track is not directly affiliated with the Physician Scientist Training Program. There is no guaranteed link to a future fellowship training at Ohio State, although you would likely be highly interesting to our specialty programs, and we would work with you to establish research mentorship during residency to enable you to continue to develop as a researcher.

Duration of research during residency is limited by the American Board of Internal Medicine to no more than 3 months of protected research time in a 3 year residency program.

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