Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Yes, we require a minimum of 1 month 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 the minimum requirement clinical experience working with patients. Observerships and externships without direct clinical responsibility do not meet this criteria.

Applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt. Most of our applicants have USMLE step I and step II scores of 220 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. USMLE step 3 is not required to apply.

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.

You may submit a maximum of four LORs through ERAS.  Note:  One LOR should be from the applicant's Department of Internal Medicine Chair.  We prefer to receive all letters of recommendation solely through ERAS.  Please do not send us additional documentation by email for your application.

Applicants who are interested in both the Yale Primary Care Program and the Yale Internal Medicine-Traditional Program OR are unsure of which program may be best for them should apply to both to learn the unique features of each through the interview process. Students do not reduce their competitiveness for either program by applying to both programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

1. Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency = 0/16, 0%
2. Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency = 1/54, 1.85%
3. Internal Medicine Traditional Residency = 8/137, 5.84%

During the AY2016-2017 our 3 Yale Department of Internal Medicine Residency Programs are currently training a total of 207 total house staff.

  1. Yale Combined Medicine-Pediatric Residency ≡ 16 categorical
  2. Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency ≡ 54 residents
  3. Yale Internal Medicine Traditional Residency ≡ 137 residents

The 3 Yale Department of Internal Medicine Residency Programs will offer the following number of training positions for the Academic Year 2017-18...

  1. Yale Combined Medicine-Pediatric Residency ≡ 4 positions
  2. Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency ≡ 18 positions
  3. Yale Internal Medicine Traditional Residency ≡ 54 positions

Here's a sample of a contract for applicants and a current copy of the institutional policy regarding resident eligibility for appointment.  


The National Resident Match Program (NRMP), in the "Match Participation Agreement requires all training programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to applicants, including a copy of the contract applicants would be expected to sign and all institutional policies regarding eligibility of appointment.  Information must be provided prior to the Rank Order List Deadline, and receipt of written confirmation from applicants that policies have been provided is advised."