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Alabama - Internal Medicine Residency Program Minimum Requirements by

Program statement
Uni. of Alabama Medical Center
The following documents are required and must be submitted with all Internal Medicine applications to the UAB Internal Medicine Residency Training Program via ERAS:

• Dean’s letter
• Medical school transcript
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal statement
• USMLE Step I score report (required with initial application)
• USMLE Steps II and III score reports are required if available. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to take Step 2 before beginning residency training. USMLE Step 2 must be taken and passed by August of the R-1 year to continue in the training program.)
• Current photo
• ECFMG certificate, if available


Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: Should one of the three required letters of recommendation be submitted by the Chairman of Medicine?
A: A Chairman’s letter is not required, but is acceptable. We prefer that your recommendations be submitted by faculty members of your school who are well acquainted with you and your medical education experiences, and who can provide knowledgeable references for you.

Q: Does your program consider a minimal cut-off score for USMLE exams?
A: Passing scores for USMLE are required. There are no minimal passing score requirements; however, USMLE scores are considered an important part of the complete application, and higher USMLE scores offer a more competitive edge to your application as a whole.

Q: Must IMG’s be certified by the ECFMG to apply to your program?
A: An ECFMG certificate is not required at the time of application, but in order for IMG’s to be considered for an interview, they must have completed USMLE Steps I and II and the CSA exam when submitting their applications (or the scores must be available prior to a scheduled interview). IMG’s who are interviewed for this program MUST provide documentation (an ECFMG letter of certification or an ECFMG certificate) to our office PRIOR TO February 15th.

Q: Is Prior US clinical training required for IMG’s?
A: No. Prior US clinical training/experience is not specifically required, but, if documented, may be taken into consideration when your application is reviewed.

Q: Does your program sponsor H-1B Visas?
A: Visas that are accepted for IMG trainees are:

• F-1 Student Visa
• ECFMG-sponsored J-1 Clinical Visa
• Our program may consider sponsoring H-1B Visas, on an individual basis (these are exempt from the cap)

Q: Does your program impose a limit on the graduate year of applicants?
A: No. Our Program does not limit the year of graduation of US grads or IMG's.

Q: Does your program require US clinical experience?

A: US clinical experience is not required, but all activities included in the application are reviewed and taken into consideration.


Q: Is there a deadline for taking the USMLE Step 3 exam?
A: The Step 3 exam must be taken within a timeline which allows the results to be available no later than February 1.

Q: Does your program accept Complex scores from DO applicants?
A: Yes.  Our program does not require USMLE scores from DO applicants.

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