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Thank you for your interest in pursuing a residency at Emory University’s J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program. Emory’s residency programs are rigorous and highly competitive. In fact, each year we receive over 4,000 applications for a limited number of resident openings.

NOTE: We ONLY accept applications through ERAS. Please do not send paper applications or additional paper documents to us via mail or email. We do not review mail or email applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your application requirements/criteria?

Applications are only accepted via the ERAS system*. Requirements/criteria are as follows:

  • USMLE Transcript Step 1 and/or COMLEX Transcript for DO students
  • Minimum scores = PASSING (We do not have any particular USMLE score cutoff)
  • Two letters of recommendation minimum (one must be from a faculty member from your Department of Medicine)
  • Dean's letter or Dean equivalent letter

*Please do not send paper applications or additional paper documents to us via mail or email. We do not review mail or email applications.

What programs and tracks does Emory Department of Medicine offer?

The Emory University Department of Medicine offers residency programs in Internal Medicine, Transitional and combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry. The Internal Medicine Program has tracks in Primary Care, Clinician Scientist-Research and Preliminary.

  • Categorical Program: 1113140C0
  • Primary Care Track: 1113140M0
  • Clinician Scientist-Research Track: 1113140C1
  • Medicine/Psychiatry Program: 1113715C0
Emory University Department of Medicine no longer offers Medicine/Pediatrics or Medicine/Nuclear Medicine programs.

What are the required minimum USMLE scores?

Emory University Department of Medicine does not have a minimum score requirement; however, a higher score will increase the likelihood of being invited for an in-person interview.

What is the maximum number of attempts accepted for the USMLE examinations?

Emory University Department of Medicine does not have a requirement for the maximum number of attempts; however, multiple attempts for USMLE Step 1, 2 or 3 will decrease the likelihood of being invited for an in-person interview.

Can I apply if my Step 2 score is not yet available?

Yes, you can apply if your Step 2 score is still pending; however, please submit the score as soon as it is available.

Do you have a medical school graduation date requirement?

Emory University Department of Medicine does not have a medical school graduation date requirement; however, a graduation date within the past five years will increase the likelihood of being invited for an interview.

Can I apply if my Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification is still pending?

Yes, you can apply even if your ECFMG certification is still pending; however, you must be fully ECFMG certified by February 15, 2015.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

The Emory University Department of Medicine requires two letters of recommendation. The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) allows you to submit up to four. We do not require a letter from the Chair, but you are welcome to add one if you think the recommendation will help you in the selection process.

When do you hold interviews?

The Emory University Department of Medicine holds interviews in November, December and January on an invitation-only basis.

Do you sponsor visas? If so, what kind?

Yes, Emory University currently sponsors J-1 and H-1 visas.

Do you require US clinical experience?

We do not require United States clinical experience, but it is strongly recommended.

Do you offer observerships/externships?

No, we do not offer observerships or externships. If you are currently in medical school and are interested in a Visiting Student Elective, please visit http://med.emory.edu/admissions/howtoapplyvisitingmedstudents.cfm.

Does observership experience count as US clinical experience?

Yes, observership experience does count as United States clinical experience.

Are fellowships available at Emory?

Yes, fellowships are available at Emory in the specialties of Cardiology, Digestive Diseases, Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Rheumatology and Hematology & Medical Oncology.

More information is available online for fellowships in Medicine.

Is your program accredited?

Our Internal Medicine and Transitional programs are ACGME accredited. The combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program is a non-accredited program.

Do I qualify for your program?

Please review the application requirements to determine your eligibility. Please note, we cannot predict your chance of obtaining an interview as we receive more than 5,000 applications each year and strive to choose the top applicants for in-person interviews. We interview only approximately 10 percent of the applicants.

We encourage you to apply early! Because of the rolling nature of the application process, the earlier you apply the more likely you are to be invited to interview.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

What is the current annual stipend?

Stipends for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

  • PGY-1: $55,458
  • PGY-2: $58,418
  • PGY-3: $60,270

What are the benefits?

More information about the Emory University Medical House Staff benefits package is available online under Human Resources.