Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory University. Each year, we receive more than 5,000 applications for a limited number of resident openings. We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. We do not accept applications that are mailed or faxed to our office. The application deadline for the 2018 Match is December 1, 2017. Please see below for frequently asked questions about our application process.

What are your application requirements/criteria?

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. We do not accept applications that are mailed or faxed to our office. The application deadline for the 2018 Match is December 1, 2017. 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.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents via ERAS for our selection committee to review:

  • Personal Statement
  • Current Photo
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, including a Department of Medicine Chair's letter or equivalent
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE Step 1 Score Report
  • USMLE Step 2 Score Report
  • For international medical graduates, please include an ECFMG certificate, if available.

Additional criteria:

  • Medical school graduation date within five years of application date
  • USMLE Step 1 scores must be submitted with your application
  • A passing USMLE Step 2 CK and CS score must be posted in ERAS prior to the NRMP rank list submission deadline
  • Due to the highly competitive nature of the applications we receive, we require that all USMLE steps are passed on the first attempt.
  • For our international medical graduates:
    • Our program sponsors both H1-B and J-1 visas
    • Recent US clinical experience is strongly recommended; this does not include observerships or research
    • Applicants may apply if ECFMG certification is pending, but must be fully ECFMG certified prior to the NRMP rank list submission deadline

For additional information, including our program's applicant statistics, please visit FREIDA Online, the AMA Residency & Fellowship database.

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.

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.

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 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.

Is your program accredited?

Our Internal Medicine and Transitional programs are ACGME accredited. For our combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program, the components are individually accredited.

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.