Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

December 1st is our application deadline for categorical track applicants (2 or more years of training in a particular program). December 31st is our application deadline for preliminary track applications (1 year of training).  We strongly encourage all applicants to submit their applications in September because our interview days become filled very quickly.

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Invitations to interview will be sent out on an ongoing weekly basis, beginning October 8th, until we have filled all of the program's interview dates.

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All Internal Medicine Residency Programs begin downloading ERAS applications on September 15th and our faculty will begin reviewing completed ERAS applications beginning October 1st.  Invitations to interview will be sent out on an ongoing weekly basis until we have filled all our interview dates.

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Yes, we will waitlist.

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We do not offer private interviews outside our scheduled interview days. We do coordinate presentations and group interviews with various Departments at Yale on the day of an applicants’ interview with these Departments (e.g. Yale Neurology). Students who participate in these presentations and group interviews are not required to participate in a separate Department of Internal Medicine Interview day. We do require students participating in these group presentations and interviews to submit ERAS application to both our preliminary programs.

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Yes, applicants should apply to both Yale Primary Care and the Yale Traditional Residency Programs for a categorical track (i.e. 3-year training track).  Students do not reduce their competitiveness for either program by applying to both programs.

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Both the Yale Traditional Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program offer categorical track positions (i.e. 3-year training tracks) that are integrated into the core missions of our Department and have many areas of overlap while also offering unique training opportunities. Our Traditional and Primary Care Residency Programs provide outstanding clinical training and academic opportunities for students interested in a career in internal medicine whether it be as a practicing or academic General Internist or Subspecialist. Graduates of either program have equally flexibile career opportunities. We strongly encourage all students interested in categorical internal medicine training to apply to both of our programs and learn the unique features of each through the interview process. Students do not reduce their competitiveness for either program by applying to both.

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Yes, there is a cutoff date.  In order to be considered for a position in our program, applicants from medical schools located outside the US and Canada MUST have graduated from medical school in the last 6 years.

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Applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of 90 or higher. However, we do not specifically exclude applicants based on the USMLE score as we carefully consider the entire application and encourage all interested students to submit applications to our residency programs.

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Applicants must pass USMLE Step 2 CK on the first attempt.  Most of our applicants have USMLE scores of 90 or higher. However, we do not specifically exclude applicants based on the USMLE score as we carefully consider the entire application and encourage all interested students to submit applications to our residency programs.

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Applicants are required to pass USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.

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USMLE Step 3 is not required to apply.

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No, we will review your application if you have submitted only the results of Step 1. However, we are required to have both Step 1 and Step 2 results on file for every intern who matches with our training programs before they begin intern floor rotations on June 21.

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Applicants must pass COMLEX step 1 and step 2 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have COMLEX scores in the top 25 percentile.

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Yes, a minimum of 2 months of hands-on direct clinical experience with primary patient care responsibility (i.e., subinternship or equivalent) in a US or Canadian accredited teaching hospital is required to be considered for an interview. We will not interview any candidates who have not obtained this required clinical experience working with patients. Observerships or externships without direct clinical responsibility do not meet this criteria.

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  • All applicants who match with us are responsible for all visa fees.
  • Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by their Program Director and the Yale Office of Graduate Medical Education.
  • All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation (around June 12 yearly).
  • J1 Visa: We encourage J1 visas for eligible matched applicants. We refer matched interns to the ECFMG website regarding all the necessary paperwork.
  • H1-b Visa: Should you be eligible for H1-b visa, we will refer you to a legal office regarding the necessary paperwork.
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All applicants who match with us are responsible for all visa fees. Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by their Program Director and the Yale Office of Graduate Medical Education. All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation (around June 12 yearly). We encourage J1 visas for eligible matched applicants. We refer matched interns to the ECFMG website regarding all the necessary paperwork.

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All applicants who match with us are responsible for all visa fees. Matched applicants will be advised as to which Visa they are eligible for by their Program Director and the Yale Office of Graduate Medical Education. All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation (around June 12 yearly). Should you be eligible for H1-b visa, we will refer you to a legal office regarding the necessary paperwork.

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You must be eligible for an ECFMG Certificate in order to apply. We require that you submit your ECGMG certificate through ERAS BEFORE February 1st. We are required to have an ECFMG certificate on file for every IMG intern who matches with our training programs.

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During the AY2013-2014 our 3 Yale Internal Medicine Residency Programs are currently training a total of 194 housestaff.

  1. Yale Combined Medicine-Pediatric Residency ≡ 16 categorical
  2. Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency ≡ 47 residents
  3. Yale Internal Medicine Traditional Residency ≡ 129 residents
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For the AY2013-2014 NRMP Match our 3 Yale Internal Medicine Residency Programs will likely offer the following number of positions.

  1. Yale Combined Medicine-Pediatric Residency ≡ 4 positions
  2. Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency ≡ 16 categorical track positions
  3. Yale Internal Medicine Traditional Residency ≡ 36 categorical track positions; 21 preliminary track positions
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1. Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency = 0/16, 0%
2. Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency = 1/47, 2.13%
3. Internal Medicine Traditional Residency = 6/129, 4.65%

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We strongly encourage applicants to obtain a Department letter from both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Departments.

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You may submit a maximum of four LORs through ERAS.  We prefer to receive all letters of recommendation solely through ERAS.  Please do not send us additional documentation by email for your application.
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