Internal Medicine Residency FAQs

How do I apply to the residency program and to the focused residency tracks?

Applications to our the BWH internal Medicine Program should be made through ERAS and the NRMP. You can contact ERAS through their website. The NRMP can be contacted in writing at 2501 M Street, NW, Suite 1, Washington. D.C. 20037-1307 or by calling (202) 828-0676. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1. For applications submitted on time, letters can be added until November 1.

How do I apply to the focused residency tracks?

You must first apply to one of our standard residency tracks and be accepted in our program as an intern. The applications for the focused residency tracks will be accepted in the September of your intern year. The only exception is our Medicine-Dermatology track. For this track, you must apply directly to this program.

Are there any special requirements for international medical graduates?

All applications are judged equally without regard to the nation of medical training. International medical graduates (IMG) must have ECFMG certification and a completed ERAS file. Historically, successful applicants have USMLE scores above 90 and documentation of prior clinical training in the US or Canada. On average, IMGs make up 1-3 interns per year.

What visas are provided through Brigham and Women's Hospital?

Non-US citizens who are entering a BWH ACGME accredited training program are required to obtain visa sponsorship prior to beginning their program. The department of medicine sponsors J-1 and H-1B Visas. The Partners international office will help you in determining the appropriate visa, and guide you through the application process: Partners International Office: 617-724-2262

To whom should correspondence be addressed?

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Joel T. Katz, M.D.
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

What constitutes a completed application?

An application is considered complete when it contains a CV, personal statement, Dean’s letter, medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, and USMLE transcripts.

What if I send more than the required number of recommendation letters?

If an applicant wishes to submit more than the required 3 letters of recommendation there is no penalty.

Should I send copies of all my reprints?

Copies of reprints are not required, but are gladly accepted and added to an applicant file when received.

If I am interested in the primary care track, will I interview for both the BWH/DGM and BWH/HVMA programs?

Yes. When applying to the Primary Care Track applicants are considered for and requested to interview in both of our programs.

If I am interested in the Primary Care Programs do I also need to apply to the Categorical Program?

All applicants who apply to the Primary Care program must also apply to and will be considered for the Categorical Program. Primary Care applicants should select both the Categorical Medicine and Primary Care Medicine options on their ERAS applications. All applicants interviewing on a Primary Care day must also interview on a categorical day (generally done on two adjacent days).

How are appointments for interviews arranged?

Interviews are by invitation only. Once the Internship Selection Committee has determined an application to be competitive for our program, an invitation will be sent via e-mail.

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