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Application Requirements

Only electronic applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted for Internal Medicine residency positions. We do not accept any applications that are submitted outside of ERAS.

The following documents are required by our program for your application to be considered for an interview invite:

  • Current Photo
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
  • USMLE Step 1 Score Report
  • USMLE Step 2 Score Report

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. 15, 2016, 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.