Residency Program Application Process
Ghent Family Medicine will only review completed applications sent to us via ERAS by our deadline which is November 1, 2012.
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Our residency accepts applications via ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service of the Association of American Medical Colleges, available at http://www.aamc.org/eras/ or 202-828-0413.
Your ERAS application should include:
- personal statement
- medical school transcript
- medical school dean’s letter
- at least 3 letters of recommendation
- digital photograph
- electronic transmission of USMLE or COMLEX transcripts
Applicants with previous residency training also must submit:
- letter of recommendation from previous residency director(s)
- in-training exam scores
- schedule of rotations completed at previous residency
International Medical Graduates:
We do review complete ERAS applications of international medical graduates with outstanding academic records. To be competitive, an applicant should have experience that demonstrates interest in family medicine or primary care medicine. Letters of reference must address the applicant's suitability for family medicine training, including motivation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills and medical knowledge.
U.S. Clinical Experience
Applicants must have at least 900 hours of U.S. clinical experience, or a combination of U.S. and Canadian or U.K. clinical experience. This would equate to about 5 months of full-time, 40 hour per week experience at a minimum. U.S. experience should take place in both outpatient primary care and inpatient settings. It should include family medicine experience, or a combination of U.S. experiences that are important components of family medicine (such as several months each of internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN). At least some of this experience must be hands-on. Observation/ shadowing can be included in the 900 hours. Research experience would not be counted. Letters of reference must address the applicant's suitability for family medicine training, including motivation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills and medical knowledge. The minimum experience must be attained by our application cutoff date, which is November 1.
- Step 1: 210
- Step 2: 210
- Number of Attempts: no more than 2 attempts total
Year of Graduation
Only applicants who have graduated from medical school within the last five years will be considered.
Spoken/Written English Language Ability
Excellent spoken and written English is very important due not only to the need for residents to communicate with their supervisors, colleagues, other medical personnel, consultants, etc., but also because they are expected to be able to teach junior residents and medical students. Also, and very importantly, residents must be able to communicate with their patients with reliable precision and sensitivity, to reliably produce meaningful two-way understanding. Communication with patients really demands that a candidate has actually worked in the type of medical setting he or she will be training in, and with the population of patients he or she will be seeing both at the family medical center and on rotations. A certain amount of acculturation is expected and needed in order to function effectively.
Ghent Family Medicine will sponsor J-1 visas only.
Additional requirements for international medical graduates:
- Valid and current ECFMG certificate for IMG's who have completed medical school
- Passing scores on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 and CSA exams for IMG's who are still in medical school
- At least one letter of reference that reflects your U.S. primary care clinical experience
Credit for Previous Residency Experience
For the 2013 Match, we plan to accept only candidates for PGY-1 positions. We will not be able to offer any advance placement credit.
If you have questions, please contact:
Cathy Flynn, Ghent Family Medicine Residency Coordinator