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Credentialing

The office of Graduate Medical Education works closely with the Department of Human Resources at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to fully credential all residents and fellows who provide patient care in the institution.  Successful completion of the credentialing process is required prior to your participation in a residency or fellowship program and is also required as part of your contractual obligation.

Residents who do not possess a valid District of Columbia medical license for the duration of their first training year must apply for a District of Columbia Postgraduate Training License. For more information, please visit the DC Department of Health website.

Pre-employment health process

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital requires all employed residents and fellows to present proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.  Residents and fellows are expected to present their immunization records or proof of positive antibody titers prior to orientation or the first day of employment.  Residents and fellows should also have the Hepatitis B vaccination, or proof of titer. A two-step tuberculosis screening by Mantoux PPD is also required.  One PPD must be within 12 months of start date and a second PPD within 12 weeks of the start date.In keeping with the MedStar Georgetown commitment to maintain a drug free work place and to reduce safety risks to others, candidates will also be screened for illegal substances through urinalysis at the pre-employment assessment. The pre-employment health assessment is completed at orientation or prior to the first day of employment and is coordinated through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Visa sponsorship

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital adheres to the standards and guidelines for the employment of non-immigrants as established by federal immigration laws and the U.S. Department of Labor. MedStar Georgetown will hire only U.S. citizens and non-citizens that are authorized for employment. Non-immigrant alien residents or fellows will be sponsored under the J-1 visas program. H-1B visas are not considered appropriate visas for residents or fellows.

In order to be hired into MedStar Georgetown-sponsored program, the prospective foreign national resident or fellow will need to produce a Certificate of U.S Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561); a Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570); an unexpired foreign passport with I-551 stamp or attached Form I-94 indicating unexpired employment authorization; Permanent Resident Card ("green card") or Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph (Form I-151 or I-551); Unexpired Employment Authorization issued by DHS that contains a photograph (Form I-688B); or a J-1 status with an unexpired I-94 and unexpired IAP Form 66.

Due to the clinical nature of the duties of the prospective resident and/or fellow, they enter the U.S. on very strict visas. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Physician Program is sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). International physicians participating in J-1 ECFMG sponsored programs are usually allowed to participate in such programs for a maximum of seven (7) calendar years, provided the training programs are accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This 7-year period, however, is not guaranteed and remains contingent upon approval from the ECFMG. For more information on J1 visas click here.

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