Application Process

Application Process

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.

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

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 are required:

  • 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 and/or COMLEX Transcripts

Program Codes - Cleveland Clinic

  • Categorical: 1968140C0
  • Primary Care: 1968140M0
  • Preliminary: 1968140P0
  • Clinician Educator: 1968140C1

The following are additional guidelines impacting selection:

  • Graduate of an accredited medical school
  • Passage of all licensing exams on the first attempt
  • Licensing exam score transcripts are required.  Step 1 transcript is required with application submission (ERAS); Step 2 transcript is required by June 1.
  • Any gaps in training or medical school should have an accompanying explanation.
  • Must be able to assume all responsibilities of training by July 1. All appointees must report for orientation the last two weeks in June.
  • 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

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every inquiry regarding application status.

We conduct interviews from late-October through mid-January, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When do you start reviewing applications?
We begin reviewing applications on September 15.

Is there a medical school graduation cutoff date?
In order to be considered for a position in our program, applicants must have graduated from medical school within 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.

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 80-85% of our residents continue their medical education by obtaining fellowships at prestigious institutions including our world renowned specialties. 15-20% 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 or Osteopathic (DO) Applicants

Do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores for DO applicants?
We require USMLE and/or COMLEX score transcripts. Both are not required.

FAQs for International Medical Graduate (IMG) Applicants

Do you review International Medical Graduate applications?
Yes, 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 you require a candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?
No. The NRMP verifies with ECFMG that you have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS of the USMLE exams, which are required for you to participate in the Main Residency Match. The NRMP does NOT verify your ECFMG certification status.

Do I have to take Step 3?
The applicant should have cleared all qualifying exams, including Step 3, by April 15 if requesting an H1B visa.  Step 3 is not required for a J1 visa.

Is US clinical experience required for IMGs?
Yes, US Clinical experience is required.

Contact Us

Contact Us

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.