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Interview Criteria

We interview applicants each year for our PGY-1 residency positions. While all interested are welcome to apply, the criteria below will be used to select qualified applicants for interviews. 

  • The program abides by all ERAS criteria and deadlines.

  • Applicants must participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Only electronic applications submitted through ERAS are considered.

  • Applications through any fax or email will not be considered and directed to ERAS.



  • Our program does not sponsor any visas.

  • Graduate of a medical school outside the U.S: to be considered, the applicant must have a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and have graduated from a school recognized by all 50 states to begin residency training. The applicant must have a valid ECFMG certificate prior to submission of rank order list submitted in ERAS. To be able to hold a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States licensing jurisdiction in which the ACGME-accredited program is located. (III.A.1.b). (2) ACGME requirements)

  • Applicants to the residency program must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

  • If you have previous residency training in an ACGME accredited program, you must have a letter of recommendation from previous residency program director with specific information regarding performance in the six ACGME competency areas (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, and Systems-based Practice). Please contact the Program Coordinator at

  • Applicants must have taken either USMLE Steps 1 and 11 (pass first attempt preferred) or Complex (passed first attempt preferred).

  • Applicants must prove competence in both spoken and written English language.

  • Application deadline for submission is Friday, December 15, 2023.


Application Consideration Criteria to Our Program

  • Graduate (or anticipated graduation prior to July 1 of application year) of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

  • Graduate (or anticipated graduation prior to July 1 of application year) of a medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

  • Should have a clear, demonstrated interest in Family Medicine.

  • Must have USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores above 215 or COMLEX scores above 500 and must have passed with no more than one failure for both steps.

  • Must have successfully passed Step 3 if out of medical school for longer than one year at the time they apply.

  • The Admissions Committee will review applications once the stated criteria are met. Candidates who meet the above criteria are not guaranteed an interview as time, space and economic capacities are limited.


Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Personal statement should describe your background, aspirations, vision, and commitment to Family Medicine and specific interest in our program.

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)/ Dean’s Letter

  • Transcripts for medical school and USMLE / COMLEX examinations

  • Copy of Medical School Diploma sent to with submission of application. Must be received before the interview is scheduled.

  • Three recent letters of recommendation. The three current letters should comment on the applicant’s medical knowledge, clinical judgement, and character.

  • ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates) sent to with submission of application. Must be received before submission rank order.



  • Applicants for all positions will be selected from among those deemed eligible on the basis of their preparedness, ability, and interest in completion of the program without regard to race, creed, gender, or sexual preference. This process will consist of review of information as outlined in the application document, dean’s letter, letters of recommendation, and personal interview. Aptitudes, academic credentials, personal characteristics, and ability to communicate will be strongly considered in the selection process. Applicants not expressing a strong interest in Family Medicine will not be considered for a PGY-1 position.

If you meet these criteria, we'd love to review your application. Submit your application through ERAS. Our residency program coordinator will get in touch with you to schedule an interview.

The current documents are of the 2023 residency guidelines and are subject to change for the 2024 residency guidelines. Any updates to the documents will be provided during onboarding/orientation. Our residents can locate any updated documents through Jackson Hospital & Clinic Family Medicine Residency Intranet.  

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