Application Process (IM)

Applications and Interviews

All applications to the Internal Medicine Residency are received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) which electronically transmits, via the Internet, the applications and all supporting documents. U.S. Medical Graduates must apply to ERAS through the Dean’s Office of their Medical School. International Medical Graduates must apply through the ECFMG Office.

Interviews are by invitation only and are generally offered to applicants with a combination of solid medical school performance, above average USMLE scores, recent clinical experience in U.S. hospitals in which the student or physician had meaningful responsibility for patient management decisions, and strong letters of support from clinical supervisors.

Applicants who are offered an interview will be directed to our scheduling website to select a preferred interview date. Appointments are generally scheduled between mid-October and January. In case of conflicts or questions, the Internal Medicine Residency Coordinator is available at E-mail is our preferred method for communication.

Applicant Criteria

  • Graduate from either a U.S. medical or osteopathic school; or an international medical school currently listed on the California approved list. If you are an International Medical Graduate, please go to the following link to verify that your school is on the California list of approved schools prior to applying to our program.
  • Pass USMLE Step 1 & CK on the 1st attempt with a score of 200 or higher.
  • Pass USMLE CS on the 1st attempt.
  • Comlex scores are accepted in lieu of USMLE scores for osteopathic applicants.
  • Have a minimum of 3 months U.S., hands-on, inpatient, clinical experience. Observerships and research do not count towards this requirement.
  • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Medical school graduation date within 5 years of the time you will start residency.
  • A quality medical school record.

International Applicants


Applications to all St. Vincent Residency Programs are only accepted through the ERAS application system for the match. It is important to know that we are unable to accept or store any documents (CV’s, letters of reference, etc. via fax or email). We prefer to receive applications by January 1 so we have time to review the paperwork and possibly schedule an interview before February 1. All positions are filled through the NRMP. There are no pre-match positions available. Our goal is to match the best people that we can find into our Residency programs regardless of their country of origin. We presently have US-trained and international medical graduates in residency at our hospital.


If you match at St. Vincent, the policy of the Medical Education Department is to consider the visa of your choice, provided that there is time to acquire this visa and that you have the proper credentials. We are very much in favor of the J1 visa because it is much less expensive and requires less paperwork and time. We have found that the J1 visa is almost a sure thing in a quick turnaround time frame, whereas the H visa can be denied or held up for multiple reasons.

USMLE Scores

USMLE Step 1 and CK need to be passed on the first attempt, preferably with a score of 200 or higher. USMLE CS, must be passed on the first attempt. It is not necessary to have completed USMLE Step 3 in order to apply to our program.

Medical School Graduation Date

We like to see medical school graduation dates within the past 3 years. Exceptions to this are possible, provided that there has been experience, practice and documentation of continuing medical education since graduation. We do, however, follow a strict 5 year cut-off for medical school graduation dates.

U.S. Clinical Experience

To be successful in our program, we have found that applicants need a minimum of 3 months U.S., hands-on, inpatient clinical experience. More than 3 months only enhances the quality of your application and provides you with a better chance of being selected for an interview. We do not consider observerships or research experience as U.S., hands-on, inpatient, clinical experience.


We do not provide observerships before the match. Following a favorable interview, there is a possibility of an observership either before the match or before residency in order to assist you with orientation to our hospital. Two to three weeks’ time is required prior to a requested observership for the processing of criminal background checks as required by our Corporate offices.