Internal Medicine Residency Application Process

Application Process

Students interested in pursuing the Internal Medicine Residency program are required to apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by submitting the documents listed below. Medical students must register with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) to be considered for our rank list. (Program #C01537140).

Potential Primary Care Applicants

If you are enthusiastic about the Primary Care Program, we recommend listing the Primary Care Program first and our categorical program second. Four medical students are competitively accepted into the three-year program through the National Residency Matching Program (#M01537140). All training is coordinated by Nancy Denizard-Thompson, MD, and Hal Atkinson, MD. Primary care and categorical residents interact closely, and we encourage most applicants to apply to both tracks.

If you are considering but not committed to general internal medicine, we recommend you rank the categorical program above primary care but still rank both programs. We understand it is difficult at this stage to fully know your final career pathway, but you will be well-prepared in the primary care track.

About 60 percent of the graduates of this program enter careers in general internal medicine as office-based physicians, hospitalists or academic faculty members. Other graduates continue their training in subspecialty fellowships.

Application deadline

January 1, 2019

Submitting an Application

  1. Complete your application through ERAS
  2. Register with the NRMP

Required Documents

As part of the ERAS process, prospective fellows will need to submit the following documentation:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • USMLE Step I, and II (Required for both MD and DO Medical Students)
  • MSPE uploaded by their school's Deans Office
  • Medical School Transcript
  • ECFMG Certification (Foreign Medical School graduates only)
  • Personal statement or letter of interest explaining career choice and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation to be addressed to the program director
  • Current photograph (Preferred but not required)

Interview Process

Applications are reviewed by the Intern Selection Committee, and interviews are offered to qualified candidates. The committee compiles the final match list based on several qualifications, including:

  • Academic record and potential to excel
  • Clinical skills
  • Interactions during the interview day
  • Research experience
  • Community service
  • Leadership
  • Integrity

Interview Dates

Invitations for interviews will be issued through an ERAS email starting in late October and extending through January.

International Medical Graduates

We accept international medical graduates into our program. We look for well qualified candidates and prefer applicants that have had U.S. clinical experience within the application year. If you need work authorization, our institution accepts J-1 Visas, Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) and green cards.

Other requirements include:

  • Medical school graduation within the past five years
  • Valid ECFMG certification at the time of application
  • Ability to obtain a North Carolina Residency Training License
  • Have at least one year of "hands-on" clinical experience in the U.S. (observerships and research do not qualify)
  • Our institution sponsors a J-1 visa. No other visa types will be accepted