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FAQs for Applicants

Do you have any unfilled positions for the current year?
We currently do not have any unfilled positions.

What are your application requirements/criteria? 

  • USMLE Transcript Step 1 and/or COMLEX Transcript

  • Personal statement

  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation (ERAS allows you to submit up to four)

  • Dean's letter or Dean equivalent letter

What is your application deadline?
The application deadline for applications is January 31, 2021. 

What are the required minimum USMLE scores?
We do not have a minimum score requirement, however, scores are considered in application evaluation.

What is the maximum number of attempts accepted for the USMLE examinations?
We do not have a requirement for the maximum number of attempts; however, multiple attempts for USMLE Step 1, 2 or 3 decrease the likelihood of being invited for an interview.

Can I apply if my Step 2 score is not yet available?
Yes, you can apply if your Step 2 score is still pending, however, please submit it as soon as it is available. 

Can I apply if my ECFMG certification is still pending?
Yes, you can apply even if your ECFMG certification is still pending.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?
We require three letters of recommendation.  ERAS allows you to submit up to four.  We do not require a letter from the Chair but you are welcome to add one.

When do you hold interviews?
We hold interviews in November, December and January on an invitation only basis.

Do you sponsor visas? 
J-1 and H-1B visa sponsorships are considered on an individual basis. ECFMG certification is required to participate in US medical training programs. Applicants interested in H-1B sponsorship need to have completed their USMLE Step 3 prior to the match. Please see the Emory International Student and Scholar Service (ISSS) website for additional information about the visa process.

Do you require US clinical experience?
We do not require US clinical experience, but it is considered in application evaluation.

Do you have a cut-off for medical school graduation?
No, we do not have a cut-off for year of graduation.

Do you offer observerships/externships?
No, we do not offer observerships or externships. If you are currently in medical school and are interested in a Visiting Student Elective, please visit

Do I qualify for your program?
Please review the application requirements to determine your eligibility.  We cannot predict your chance of obtaining an interview as we receive over 1,000 applications each year and strive to choose the most promising applicants for interviews. 

Additional resources for IMG's:
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) should visit ECFMG at
International Resources at Emory University