A: Our program accepts international medical graduates who meet the following criteria:
graduated from medical school preferably within the last 5 years
are ECFMG certified; (it is a plus if they have completed some clinical experience in the United States with evaluations from each experience included in the application.)
If an applicant graduated from medical school more than five years ago, but has been actively practicing medicine since then, his or her application may still be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All graduates of foreign medical schools, other than those in the Fifth Pathway program, must hold a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be appointed as a resident or fellow.
For more information on certification please contact:ECFMG, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA. Based on your current certification status, you may be required to take the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and/or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For information, contact the ECFMG or consult with the visa section of the United States embassy in your country of origin or an INS office in the United States.
Applicants who are not United States citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa and maintaining legal permission to work in the United States. Employment is contingent upon evidence of the appropriate visa and permission to work in the United States to a University official. Generally, foreign medical graduates are sponsored by the ECFMG for J-1 visas.
J1 – Exchange Visitor Visa: Our program sponsors this type of visa. This visa is processed by the UVA Housestaff Office. It is intended for residents and fellows in training and requires that they return to their country following training for two years before they can reenter the country in another status. We do not sponsor the F1 Practical Training visa or the H1B work visa.
ERAS is available to students and graduates of foreign medical schools through the ECFMG which serves as their designated Dean’s office.
Application Advice: (1) take Step 1 USMLE; (2) work on ECFMG certificate; (3) register with NRMP; (4) letters of recommendation; (5) try to do an extern rotation in the US.
Please feel free to contact Joanne Palmer, the Residency Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.