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Applying to Our Program

U.S. News & World Report and the online physician community Doximity have released the first-ever physician survey identifying the nation's most highly regarded internal medicine residency programs. Cleveland Clinic was nominated as one of the top 15 internal medicine residency programs in the country.

All applicants must apply through ERAS.
The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1st.
Only applications submitted through ERAS will be reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in our Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Program Codes - Cleveland Clinic

  • Categorical: 1968140C0
  • Primary Care: 1968140M0
  • Preliminary: 1968140P0

The following are guidelines used by the Internal Medicine Residency Selection Committee to identify applicants to be interviewed and possibly considered for final rank list or appointment:

  • Graduate of an accredited medical school
  • Pass Step 1, Step 2 CK & Step 2 CS of the USMLE on the first attempt
  • We do not have a specific USMLE score cutoff. Our 2014 PGY1 categorical residents' scores were as follows: Step 1: average = 236; Step 2: average 246
  • Pass all preclinical courses on first attempt
  • Minimum grade of PASS on the first attempt for all Core Clerkships
  • High Pass or commendation (if given) for Medicine Clerkship preferred if Internal Medicine is first career choice
  • Any gaps in training or medical school should have an accompanying explanation
  • The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is December 1st. Only applications submitted through ERAS will be reviewed.
  • U.S.M.L.E. transcripts are required. The Selection Committee will not recommend applicants for interview without score transcripts. Part I transcript is required with application submission (ERAS); Part II transcript is required by June 1st.
  • Dean’s letter, plus 3 letters of recommendation are required (at least 2 strong letters of recommendation from Internal Medicine faculty with whom the applicant has worked clinically).
  • Must be able to assume all responsibilities of training by July 1st. All appointees must report for orientation the last two weeks in June.
  • Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to every inquiry regarding acceptance for interview.

We conduct interviews from November through January, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our interview day consists of a breakfast meeting with the Program Director, attendance at a conference, interviews with 2 staff physicians, lunch with house staff, and a tour of our facilities.

Hotel accommodations are conveniently located at the Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Center located on the Cleveland Clinic campus. Applicants are asked to make their own hotel arrangements; we will reimburse you $50 towards the cost of your stay.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every inquiry regarding acceptance for interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cleveland Clinic have a Visiting Resident program?

Yes, please read about our Visiting Resident Program.

When do you begin reviewing applications?

We begin reviewing applications through ERAS in October.

What are the key items your program looks for in an application?

We look at board scores, clinical experience, Dean’s letter and other letters of reference, and medical school transcript.

What are the USMLE requirements?

We look at all scores, but prefer two-digit USMLE scores greater than 85.

What are your program’s requirements regarding letters of recommendation?

Applicants must provide a Dean’s letter, plus 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 strong letters of recommendation from Internal Medicine faculty with whom the applicant has worked in a clinical setting).

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

Yes, we do accept IMGs and US-IMGs.

Do you require a candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?

We do not require an applicant to be ECFMG certified at the time of the application or interview. However, the NRMP will not allow an applicant to be ranked without an ECFMG Certificate.

Do you sponsor visas?

Yes, we sponsor H1B or J1 visas.

For DO applicants, do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores?

We require USMLE and/or COMLEX score transcripts. Both are not required.

Are DO internships required?

Do internships are preferred, but not required. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) does not accept credit for training from osteopathic internships.

How do your residents perform on the ABIM medical boards?

Our 3-year average passage rate is 95%.

Do your residents enter fellowships?

Yes, approximately 80-85% of our residents continue their medical education by obtaining fellowships at prestigious institutions. 15-20% of our residents enter Primary Care or Hospitalist Medicine.

Are there opportunities to do an international rotation during my training?

Yes, our PGY-3 residents are afforded the opportunity to arrange for international electives. Residents interested in arranging an international elective must provide a proposal. Once the elective is completed, the resident presents at Noon Conference. Residents have done rotations in Brazil, India, and Malaysia.

Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to DO Applicants
  • DO internship preferred, but not required
  • The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) does NOT accept credit for training from osteopathic internships.
  • U.S.M.L.E. and/or N.B.O.M.E. (COMLEX) transcripts are required. The Selection Committee will not recommend applicants for interview without score transcripts.
Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to IMG Applicants
  • Must be ECFMG certified by February 7th or date by which we submit our final rank list in order to be considered in the final rank list.
  • Should have cleared all qualifying exams by December 1st if requesting an H1b visa. This includes USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.
  • Full-time clinical activity within 24 months of application in medical school, residency, and/or medical practice. Clinical experience in the United States preferred. (Research and observers do not qualify).
  • Be prepared to do 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine (No short-tracking or credit for previous training).
  • Currently, the Cleveland Clinic is supporting both J1 and H1b visas.