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Application Process & FAQs

What are the internal medicine resident training opportunities?

  • Categorical Internal Medicine - This is the traditional three-year residency leading to board certification in Internal Medicine. Our Categorical Internal Medicine residency offers excellent preparation for a career in primary care, all of the subspecialties in Internal Medicine, hospitalist medicine, medical research and medical education.
  • Physician Scientist - With special focus on clinical, basic or outcomes research.
  • Medicine Pediatrics - A combined four-year program leading to dual eligibility in both medicine and pediatrics.
  • Preliminary Medicine - This track is designed to build the generalist competencies needed for successful careers in Radiology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology.

How do I apply?

The University of Cincinnati Department of Internal Medicine accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We will begin reviewing applications in October 2020.

When should I apply?

Applications are accepted through ERAS for all residency tracks as early as October 2020. We accept applications to the Categorical, Physician Scientist and Preliminary Residency tracks through January 2021.

We appreciate the impact of COVID-19 on medical school schedules. Our aim is to be flexible with the application process. We have no letter of recommendation quantity requirement. Rather, we strongly encourage letters of support from individuals who have worked with you in a clinical, mentoring, leadership, or scholarly capacity to facilitate commentary on your clinical acumen, work ethic, dedication, and interpersonal communication skills. For categorical applicants, we encourage students to obtain at least two letters from an individual in the department of internal medicine (e.g. department chair, clerkship director, faculty attending, mentor, etc.). The other letter(s) can be assigned at the applicant's discretion.

When should I expect interview invitations?

Due to the adjusted ERAS timeline, we anticipate sending invitations at the end of October and beginning of November. We continue to review applications and send invitations throughout the interview season.

USMLE and COMLEX Examinations

We have no minimum requirement for USMLE/COMLEX scores and look at an applicant's entire application package before making our interview invitations. We will not require Step II-CK/COMLEX Level II-CE scores for an invitation to interview; however, we will require that applicants share their scores with us by the end of January 2021. USMLE Step II-CS and COMLEX Level II-PE will not be required for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Scheduling Interviews

We utilize the thalamus comprehensive scheduling platform to schedule our interviews. This platform provides applicants with easy, secure, and immediate interview scheduling capabilities.

Interview Day 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic we will be transitioning fully to virtual interviews. We plan on a synchronous interview day with an expected duration of 4-6 hours. We also want you to have an opportunity to meet our residents with a virtual social event the evening before your interview. An interview experience with our program will look like this:

  • Virtual social event with current residents
  • Program overview with PD Dr. Eric Warm
  • Virtual tour of UCMC
  • Academic conference
  • 2-3 Interviews with core faculty

How do the Saturday and weekday interview experiences differ? 

The only difference is that our weekday interview offers an exposure to a typical academic noon conference with our residents.

What should I expect regarding post-interview communication?

If you have any questions after your interview day, you may contact us and we will answer your questions. We may send a single email at the end of the interview season to update you on the changes and updates (e.g. fellowship match outcomes) in our program.

How large are the residency programs?

  • Categorical - 26-27 PGY-1 opportunities
  • Physician Scientist - 1-2 PGY-1 opportunities
  • Medicine Pediatrics - 7 PGY-1 opportunities
  • Preliminary Medicine - 4-6 PGY-1 opportunities

Do you accept international graduates?

We are able to interview only the most exceptional candidates from non-U.S. medical schools due to the extremely competitive nature of our training programs. We cannot originate an H-1B visa, but can accept a J1.

In considering medical graduates for interview, our typical international resident candidate will have recent clinical experience in the United States with excellent letters of reference.

Most candidates selected for interview will have graduated from medical school within the past two or three years.

International medical graduates are not required to have an ECFMG certificate or USMLE Step 2 results in order to apply and interview with our program; however, the ECFMG certification process must be complete and USMLE 2 CK and CS passed to be eligible for our match list.

Who should I contact for more information?


Contact Us

University of Cincinnati
Department of Internal Medicine

231 Albert Sabin Way
Medical Sciences Building Room 6058
PO Box 670557
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557

Fax: 513-558-3878