The Transitional Year Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications to the residency program must be made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted. For more information on how to apply via ERAS, contact your medical school Dean of Student Affairs, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or visit the ERAS website for application procedures.
Six new positions for graduate training are available in June of each year. Applications are accepted and reviewed from the beginning of September through the end of October each year. Initial review of individual applications begins prior to receipt of all required application documents. However, an applicant cannot be considered for an interview unless a complete application has been received by the November 1st deadline. A complete application consists of the following:
- ERAS common application form
- Medical school transcripts
- USMLE or COMLEX transcripts
- Dean's letter/MSPE
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)
After receiving applications through ERAS, the Review Committee scrutinizes each application and selects individuals that qualify for interviews. Only those applicants that are selected to interview are sent invitations via email.
Interviews are conducted from early November through early February of each year. Interview dates are available to invited candidates on a first come, first served basis. However, a waiting list is maintained for all dates and sometimes interview slots become available on dates that have previously filled. Interview days consist of individual interviews with faculty members, attendance at department educational conferences and a resident-guided tour of our facilities.
Saint Joseph Hospital adheres to a policy of equal opportunity in the appointment process. Furthermore, all applicants must successfully complete the USMLE Parts I And II in the medical sciences and be legally eligible for employment.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Application Process
- Do you sponsor any visas for applicants to your program?
Our institution sponsors H1b and J1 visas.
- Does your program accept IMG's?
- What is the approximate starting date of your program?
The program usually commences during the third week of June of each year.
- Can I get a later start, maybe October?
No. Our program has only one start date.
- Do you offer pre-match contracts?
- Do you accept DO's?
Yes, we do. COMLEX scores are also accepted for application.
- Can I apply to both the Transitional Year Program and Preliminary Year Program at Saint Joseph Hospital? If so, does that mean that I will be called for two interviews?
Application for Transitional and Preliminary programs is permitted. However, such applicants will receive only one interview, even when applying for both programs.
- Is Saint Joseph Hospital subject to the H1B visa national cap?
- Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement?
It is not a requirement but it is desirable.
- When do you start reviewing applications and how do I know if I can get an interview?
Applications are downloaded and reviewed in accordance with ERAS timelines. Invitations to interview are extended only via email. If no email is received, then an invitation has not been extended.
For further information, contact:
Shesh Rao, MD
Transitional Year Residency Program
Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60657