The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a participant in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Application 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.

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)
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After receiving applications through ERAS, the Review Committee scrutinizes each application and selects individuals that qualify for interviews. Applicants who are selected to interview are sent invitations only via email. Although we do not have strict criteria for selection, and each application is reviewed on its own merit, traditionally successful candidates have graduated within the preceding five years and have scores of at least 220 on USMLE Step I and Step II, with no more than one attempt for each exam including the passing attempt.

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 been previously filled. Interview days consist of individual interviews with faculty members, attendance at department educational conferences and a resident-guided tour of our facilities.

  • Do you sponsor any visas for applicants to your program?
    Our institution sponsors H1b and J1 visas.
  • Does your program accept international trainees?
    Yes.
  • 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?
    No.
  • Do you accept graduates of osteopathic schools of medicine?
    Yes, we do. COMLEX scores are also accepted for application.
  • Can I apply for both Preliminary Program and Categorical programs? If so, does that mean that I will be called for two interviews?
    Application for Preliminary and Categorical programs is permitted. However, such applicants will receive only one interview, even when applying for both program tracks.
  • Is Presence Saint Joseph Hospital subject to the H1B visa national cap?
    No.
  • Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement?
    It is not a requirement.
  • 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:

Nkem Iroegbu, M.D., MPH, F.A.C.P.
Chairman/Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60657