Application Process

We fully participate in the ERAS application process. We do not require any additional essays or recommendation letters outside of the ERAS process.

Applications to the Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program for a first year position (internship) will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

  • If you are graduating or have graduated from a U.S. Medical School, you must contact your medical school’s student affairs office or other designated dean’s office. Your dean’s office will provide you with the information and the software for ERAS. The ERAS Web Site can be located at http://www.aamc.org/.
  • If you are a Canadian Medical Student, please contact the Canadian Resident Matching Service, 151 Slater Street, Suite 802, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P-5H3 Canada, or call (613) 237-0075 for ERAS processing information.
  • If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school interested in applying to this program you must contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for application materials and eligibility requirement. Write to : ECFMG-ERAS Program, P.O. box 13467, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3467, U.S.A., or point your Web browser to: http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/index.html.

ERAS Program NRMP:

Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program:

We have programs in Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program, Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, and a Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency Program. The application deadline is December 1.

Requirements:

  1. ERAS Common Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Dean’s Letter
  4. A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Photograph (optional but preferred to track applicants after interviews)
  7. Official Medical School Transcripts.
    • Graduates of medical schools in the US and Canada must have attended a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the US must have attended a medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  8. USMLE Transcripts or Complex Transcripts from Osteopathic Medical School Graduates.

Foreign Medical School Graduate Requirements:

  1. All of the above listed under “Requirements.”
  2. Documentation of successful completion of an Internal Medicine clerkship and/or subinternship of at least eight weeks’ duration at an ACGME accredited U.S., Puerto Rican, or Canadian medical school. This training must have involved direct patient care responsibilities for at least 2 months. The BUMC Department of Internal Medicine can not arrange for these experiences at the Boston University School of Medicine. These clinical experiences must be completed by November 30th. Documentation must include the date and location of the clerkship and/or subinternship training experience. This letter must be submitted electronically via the ERAS post office.
    OR
  3. Documentation of successful completion of residency training at an ACGME accredited U.S. program at a U.S. teaching hospital. This training must have involved direct patient care responsibilities for at least 2 months. Observership status or consultation rotations do not meet this requirement. Documentation must include the date and location of the residency training experience. This letter must be submitted electronically via the ERAS post office.
  4. You must be eligible for a J-1 Visa sponsored by the ECFMG. Exchange visitors coming in under the “J” program for graduate medical education or training must meet certain special requirements. They include having passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in Medical Sciences, demonstrating competency in English, being automatically subject to the two-year foreign resident requirement (later), and being subject to time limits on duration of their program. They must also be able to show proof of eligibility to work by providing valid work authorization papers (copy of DS-2019 and Passport with I-94 card attached) on or before the first day of orientation or work. All exchange “J” visitors must be certified by ECFMG. We require both CSA and English language proficiency examination dates must be valid at the time of the first day of work. Participants in the “J” exchange visitor program must have sufficient funds to cover all expenses.
  5. H1B visas are extremely limited and only considered in rare cases.
  6. Graduates of medical school outside the US and Canada must meet one of the following:
    • Have received a current valid ECFMG Certificate and passed the CSA examination from the Educational Commission for Foreign medical Gradates
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction.
    • Completed a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME–accredited medical school.

Interview and Selection Procedure:

  • Interviews take place in November through January.
  • Applications must be completed by December 1 to be considered for review by the Selection Committee.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Selection Committee Faculty once all the requirements listed above have been received by the residency program through ERAS.
  • Interviews are by email invitation only. Invitations to interview are sent through the ERAS post office by email to the applicant’s email address as indicated on the ERAS application.
  • Applicants who have not met our requirements will be notified by email through the ERAS post office email system.

Application Procedure for Senior Residents (PGY2 and above):
If a senior residency position becomes available, those applicants who have completed their first year of internship will have preference. All the intern requirements listed under the Application Procedures for Internship apply to senior resident applicants.