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Applying to Our Program

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We do not accept applications via FAX, email or postal services.

November 1st is our deadline for applications to all tracks. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications by the end of September, as our available interview days and times fill quickly. The following documents must be submitted for considering your application for review.

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
  • A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Transcripts or COMLEX Transcripts
  • IMG applicants, please review FAQs

Program Codes - Cleveland Clinic

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

Application review and interview selection process

  • Graduate of an accredited medical school
  • Pass Step 1, Step 2 CK & Step 2 CS of the USMLE on the first attempt
  • Any gaps in training or medical school should have an accompanying explanation
  • U.S.M.L.E. transcripts are required. The Selection Committee will not review applications for interview without score transcripts. Part I transcript is required with application submission (ERAS); Part II transcript is required by June 1.
  • Must be able to assume all responsibilities of training by July 1. All appointees must report for orientation the last two weeks in June.

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 an academic conference, interviews with 2 staff physicians, lunch with house staff, a tour of our facilities, a Q and A session with our chief residents and future chief residents and finishing the day with an optional meet and greet with our Program Director.
Hotel accommodations are conveniently located at the Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Center located on Cleveland Clinic's campus. Applicants are asked to make their own hotel arrangements; we will reimburse you $50 towards the cost of your stay.

When is the application deadline?

November 1st is our application deadline. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit their applications in September , as our available interview days and times fill quickly.

When do you start reviewing applications?

We begin downloading applications on September 15th and our selection committee reviews applications starting September 20th

Is there a medical school graduation cutoff date?

In order to be considered for a position in our program, applicants from medical schools located outside the US and Canada must have graduated from medical school in the last 5 years.

What are the requirements with regards to letters of recommendation?

Dean’s letter and at least 3 letters of recommendation are required for consideration of application. We value letters from Internal Medicine faculty with whom the applicant has worked closely in a clinical setting.

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.

How do our residents perform on ABIM boards?

Our board pass rate for 2015 is 94% (national average 85%)

What career paths do your residents pursue after graduation from Internal medicine?

Approximately 65-70% of our residents continue their medical education by obtaining fellowships at prestigious institutions including our world renowned specialties. 30-35% of our residents pursue practice in Primary care or Hospital Medicine. Many chose academic careers as medical educators, researchers and leaders in addition to clinical care.

FAQs for DO applicants

For DO applicants do you require USMLE and COMLEX scores

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

The Selection Committee will not recommend applicants for interview without score transcripts.

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.

FAQs for International Medical Graduates

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

Yes, we do accept IMGs and US-IMGs. Cleveland Clinic embraces and values the talent of physicians from across the world.

Do you sponsor Visas?

Yes, we sponsor H1B or J1 visas. All matched applicants must obtain a valid visa prior to intern orientation.

Do I have to take Step 3?

The applicant should have cleared all qualifying exams by April 15 if requesting an H1b visa. This includes USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.

Is US clinical experience required for IMGs

US Clinical experience in the United States is preferred. Full-time clinical activity within 24 months of application in medical school, residency, and/or medical practice is required.

For all inquiries about the Internal medicine residency program at Cleveland Clinic, email us

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