Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I apply to your program?
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How do I apply to your program?
All applicants for a PGY-1 position in the Family Medicine residency program must apply through ERAS. The application must be submitted before January 15th of the year preceding the beginning date of the program. All applications must have the following:
- Official transcript from the medical school
- Dean’s letter
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- ECFMG certificate and proof of succesful completion of the Clinical Skills test, if an international medical school graduate
What are the program’s eligibility requirements?
An applicant must be able to carry out the duties as required of the residency training program.
An applicant must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the following English language competencies:
- Reading printed and cursive English
- Writing and printing English text
- Understanding spoken English on conversational and medical topics
- Speaking English understandably on conversational and medical topics
An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications:
- A graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
- A graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. or Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- A graduate of a medical school outside the U.S. who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school
- A graduate who holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction, or
- A graduate of a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada with all of the following qualifications:
- A certified transcript from the medical school of training with a verifiable contact person from that school
- Confirmation of M.D. or D.O. or equivalent degree from that medical school
- A copy of USMLE or COMLEX notification of Step 1 and 2 scores with a grade of passing
- A current valid certificate from the Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)The ability to reside continuously in the U.S. for the length of training.
Preference is given to applicants who have graduated from medical school within the last 4 years, or have been in the practice of medicine within the last 3 years, or have completed an observership of 3 to 6 months during the preceding 6 to 12 months.
Do you sponsor visas?
We sponsor H1 and J1 visas.
What are your selection criteria?
We review and confirm eligibility requirements.
We give preference to those scoring 200 or higher on USMLE or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2.
We give preference to those having zero failures on USMLE or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2.
We give careful consideration to the following:
- Performance on standardized medical tests
- Overall performance in medical school
- Commitment to ideals of Family Medicine
- Recent clinical training or experience
- Demonstrated ability to choose goals and to complete the tasks necessary to achieve those goals
- Maturity and emotional stability
- Lack of history of drug or alcohol abuse (unless monitored by the UAMS impaired physicians’ committee and approved for further training)
- Personal interview
- Approval for interview by selection committee after undergoing the initial screening process
May I arrange for a “visit” to see what your program looks like?
Sorry, due to the large number of applications we don’t offer informal visit opportunities. Please apply through ERAS. If you are chosen for an interview, we will let you know.
Do you have observership opportunities?
No, we do not have an observership program.
What are my chances of being accepted into your residency program?
Each year, we typically have more than 1,000 applicants for only 6 positions. (For the group applying for 2014, that number has already exceeded 1,900.) The competition is fierce. We do, however, review every application on an individual basis. Additionally we review your application as a whole, considering all your strengths and experiences.
In order to be considered, you must apply through ERAS. Please understand that we cannot give you advice about whether or not you should apply to the program, or provide analysis of your likelihood of being accepted. We also have a limited number of spaces for personal interviews. Bear with us patiently as we need time to examine hundreds of applications throughout the season.
What is your interviewing schedule?
We usually begin telephone interviews in September of each year. Both faculty members and current residents serve as telephone interviewers. Personal interviews usually begin in October and run through January. Again, we ask for your patience as it takes time to evaluate hundreds of applications. Only a small percentage of applicants will be invited for personal interviews.