Requirements

Residency Selection Criteria:

  • Highest priority is given to graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools
  • To be eligible for selection, applicants must apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by Dec. 1, 2014, and must be enrolled in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • Only J1 Visas are accepted for medical residency positions at the VCU Health System. Our institution does not sponsor H-1B Visas.
  • All applicants — including those to the preliminary track — must have a dean’s letter (MSPE) and three letters of recommendation, including the medicine chairs’ letter (MIII Clerkship Summary and Recommendation) from U.S. or Canadian physicians.
  • All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school.
  • All applicants must have a minimum of three months of U.S. or Canadian direct patient care activity. Externships must have included direct patient care. Observerships do not fulfill this requirement.
  • The selection process stringently evaluates performance on the USMLE examinations, grades in preclinical or clinical courses, letters of recommendation, communication skills and personal qualities.
  • Certifying examinations
    • All applicants for a residency program at the PGY-1 level must have passed Step 1 and taken Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME/COMLEX) test.
      • Prior to their first day of employment as a PGY-1, all residents must have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE or NBOME.
      • The Department of Internal Medicine does not have a minimum score requirement for the USMLE, but the average Step 1 score of the 2014-15 intern class is 232.
  • The department does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veterans’ status or sexual orientation.