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Applicant Information - Internal Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a fully ACGME accredited program. Our program offers 10 categorical positions (3 year track) and 7 preliminary positions each year. Our residency program is a participant of the Main Residency Match and is registered with the National Resident Matching Program. All of our core positions will be offered through the Match for 2014.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed from the time period of September 15, 2013 through January 30, 2014 for the 2014 Main Residency Match.

Personal interviews are by invitation only. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail. Therefore, it is important that applicants provide the program with an accurate e-mail address. E-mail should be checked frequently for any correspondence from the program.

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Paper applications will not be accepted and will not be reviewed.

The residency leadership at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is committed to its mission to provide and deliver a comprehensive educational program that is strongly supported and augmented by a multi-dimensional resident educational curriculum and scholarly activity/research.

The residency program is committed to the recruitment of applicants with excellent qualifications. The Selection Committee, which consists of the Program Director and faculty, review all applications submitted to the program through ERAS. The decision to select an applicant for an interview with the program is at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee. Selection will be based on, but not limited to ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and academic integrity and in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Match Participation Agreement for Applicants & Programs for the 2014 Main Residency Match.

Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to respond to every inquiry regarding invitations for an interview and reasons for non-selection. We are also unable to provide each applicant with an application review status report.

Requirements for the 2014 Main Residency Match

The following materials must be submitted with your ERAS application:

  • The following materials must be submitted with your ERAS application:
  • Curriculum Vitae (ERAS format)
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter (MSPE - Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Official USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and/or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME)
  • 3 letters of recommendation- preferably one letter related to internal medicine

U.S. and Canadian Medical School Graduates

For U.S. allopathic or Canadian medical school students/graduates from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited school or for osteopathic medical students/graduates from an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited school, the following are required:

  • USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 transcripts must be included.
  • USMLE Step 2 CK/CS or COMLEX Level 2 CE/PE is not an absolute pre-requisite for an interview, but a passing score must be achieved prior to the start of residency training
  • Canadian medical school graduates must be accredited by the LCME
  • Canadian medical school graduates do not require an ECFMG certificate
  • Our program requires Canadian medical school graduates to take all steps and the component of the USMLE

Graduates of Fifth Pathway Programs

  • Must have successfully completed a fifth pathway program, USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and preferably Step 2 CS
  • The Fifth Pathway applicant must have a valid Fifth Pathway certificate issued on or before December 31, 2009 by a LCME accredited medical school
  • For applicants who require taking USMLE Step 2 CS, it must be taken by December 31, 2013 and a passing grade result must be achieved in order to be eligible to participate in the 2014 Main Residency Match

International Medical Graduates

For International Medical Graduates the following additional materials are required:

  • A valid ECFMG certificate
    • Applicants, who have not completed medical school, must be eligible for ECFMG certification and possess a valid certificate prior to the commencement of residency training
  • Applicant should be preferably within 7 years of graduation from medical school
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK transcripts - must be provided with the application
    • Applications without USMLE transcripts will not be reviewed
    • USMLE Step 2 CS must be taken by December 31, 2013 and a passing grade result must be achieved in order to be eligible to participate in the 2014 Main Residency Match
  • A minimum of 4 months of hands-on clinical experience - preferably within the field of internal medicine – obtained in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or South Africa
    RESEARCH AND/OR OBSERVERSHIPS ARE NOT CONSIDERED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE BY THE PROGRAM.
  • Eligibility to obtain work authorization in the United States
  • J-1 visa eligibility is determined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and must be obtained through the sponsorship of the ECFMG
    • Information about ECFMG certification and visa sponsorship is available from: ECFMG

Applications Given Highest Consideration

Highest Consideration for Interviews will be based on the following:

  • Graduation from medical school within 7 years
  • The applicant's academic performance during medical school
    • Pass all preclinical courses on first attempt
  • Minimum grade of PASS on the first attempt for all Core Clerkships
  • High Pass for Medicine Core Clerkship
  • All USMLE step scores above 210 on first attempt; all COMLEX level scores above 500 on first attempt
  • A passing grade on the USMLE CS component or COMLEX PE component on the first attempt
  • Excellent letters of recommendation from clinical experiences from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or South Africa. Preferable to have a letter from an experience within the field of internal medicine in the U.S.
    • Letters from either a Department of Medicine Chair, Director of an Internal Medicine Clerkship, or Program Director/Associate Program Director of an Internal Medicine Externship are highly valued

Other Important Information

  • Any gaps in training or medical school must have an accompanying explanation.
  • USMLE Step 3 is not a requirement to start residency training in the program; however, our program requires applicants to have successfully completed all three steps and component of the USMLE and/or COMLEX within a seven year period from the time that the initial step or component of the USMLE and/or COMLEX was taken – this applies to all U.S./Canadian medical graduate and international medical graduate applicants
  • BLS/ACLS certification will be eventually required prior to the start of residency training, but is not a prerequisite for an invitation to interview with the program or for ranking purposes
  • Applicants who have already had previous training in an accredited residency or fellowship must also have the Program Director of the former training program submit a letter of recommendation through ERAS for consideration for an interview in addition to the criteria above.
  • We do not offer observership or externship opportunities in our internal medicine residency program at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center at this time
  • Once selected for an interview, information regarding the interview day inclusive of all necessary information and hotel accommodations will be provided to each selected applicant by the program
  • Applicants who require rescheduling of an interview must inform the program as soon as possible in order for the program to be able to offer a suitable alternative date; please note that interview dates get filled quickly and may be limited following a cancellation
  • Requests for a second interview on a different date in addition to the original interview date cannot be granted at this time
  • The categorical residency program offers opportunities for residents to be involved in research and scholarly activities; however, the program does not offer an additional year of training of a separate research track position
  • The residency program does not offer the ability for residents to engage in graduate degree programs while in the categorical program (e.g., M.B.A., M.P.H., or Ph.D. programs)
  • Any irregularities or fraudulent activities noted in context with USMLE steps and/or COMLEX levels that are reported by the NBME, ECMFG, FSMB, and/or NBOME will automatically disqualify an applicant from an interview and/or entry into the program
  • Applicants who falsify information on ERAS applications may be subject to termination from the program even after entry into the program
  • The residency program reserves the right to verify or reverify an applicant’s eligibility for entry into the training program

Questions pertaining to the initial application process through ERAS should be directed to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). ERAS.