IMG Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Apply?

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). More information is available through the ERAS Web Page.

What visas are sponsored by your program?

UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program supports the sponsorship of the J-1 visa for its trainees.  We only offer sponsorship of the H-1B visa for foreign nationals who are graduates of US medical schools.

What are the requirements for IMGs to be considered for an interview?

You must be ECFMG certified and have all necessary documentation to complete your ERAS file and graduated from medical school within the past 2 years. Incomplete ERAS files will not be reviewed.

What if I graduated more than two years ago and have been in active clinical practice?

Applicants who graduate more than two years ago and have been active in a primary care clinical practice will be considered.

When can I submit my application to ERAS?

Applications will be accepted and reviewed beginning September 17 through December 3, 2018. Any applications received after December 3 will not be reviewed.

What is the Minimum Score Required for USMLE Steps 1 and 2?

Preference will be given to applicants who have passed Steps 1 and 2 by the second attempt.  Historically, applicants who have a 3-digit score of 250 and above have been most successful.

Are you required to have had prior US clinical experience? If so, what type?

Applicants who have had prior clinical training in the US or have graduated from a school using US style training have been most successful.

What percentage of residents in your program are international medical graduates?


How many first year positions are available for 2019?

Six positions through the NRMP Match and four AOA positions will be available through the Osteopathic Match.

How are residents selected?

Through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Match web site.

How will I know if I can expect to be contacted for an interview?

All applicants who have been selected to interview will receive an invitation via email by Monday, December 3, 2018.

Do you offer IMGs externships or observership experiences?

Unfortunately, we do not.