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Internal Medicine Residency FAQs

How do I apply to the residency program?

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.

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 either of the Primary Care tracks, applicants are considered for and requested to interview in both programs.

If I am interested in the Primary Care track, do I also need to apply to the Categorical program?

All applicants who apply to the Primary Care track 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 do I apply to the focused residency pathways?

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 pathways will be accepted in the fall or winter – depending on the pathway – of your intern year. The only exception is our Medicine-Dermatology track. For this track, you must apply directly to this program.

What constitutes a completed application?

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

Can 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 accepted and added to an applicant file when received.

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

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.

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 application. Historically, successful applicants have USMLE scores above 260 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.

Does BWH participate in the Doximity residency popularity poll?

No, we do not. This is because the poll is an advertising ploy that rewards programs which encourage residents and graduates to join, which we feel potentially violates their privacy. In addition, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine strongly recommends against participation.

Does your program offer away rotations or observerships?

Credited away rotations can be arranged through the Harvard Medical School Registrar’s Office. Our program does not offer observerships.


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