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We are accepting applications for the 2016 - 2017 academic year via ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Our program is listed as Rush University Med Ctr-IL.

Relevant program numbers are:

Categorical Internal Medicine Program 1147140C0
Medicine-Preliminary Program 1147140P0
Medicine-Preliminary/Neurology Program 1147140P1

We are not accepting application for PGY2 or PGY3 positions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • USMLE/COMLEX Examinations: Applicants must have passed Steps 1 and 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or COMLEX equivalent.
  • Medical Licensure: Applicants must be eligible to obtain an Illinois training license. All appointments are contingent upon obtaining an Illinois training license.
  • Visa Status: Foreign citizens who attended a US medical school and Foreign Medical Graduates meeting the eligibility criteria will be considered for an H-1B visa. Other foreign citizens requiring work authorization will be offered a J-1 visa.
  • Additional Appointment Requirements: Successful applicants must satisfactorily complete a reference check, background check, employee physical, drug screening, and any other pre-employment criteria as may be required by Rush University Medical Center.
  • Non-Discrimination: The Internal Medicine Residency Program does not discriminate with regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, or place of residence.

Selection Policy

  • Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS): Applicants must submit their complete application using ERAS. Applications by other means will not be accepted. A completed application must include:
    • The common application form
    • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
    • Three letters of recommendation (one of these letters should be from the chairman of medicine or his/her designate)
    • Medical school transcript
    • USMLE/COMLEX transcripts*
    • Personal statement
NOTE: A photo is not required for interview consideration
*COMLEX transcripts are acceptable in place of USMLE transcripts for DO candidates.

International medical graduates require all of the above, plus:

  • Graduated medical school within the last four years
  • Recent clinical training or recent medical school graduate
  • At least 6 months of clinical experience in the United States
  • Valid ECFMG certificate by the time of The Match
  • USMLE 1 and USMLE 2 scores above 220, passed on first attempt

The Department of Medicine sponsors both J-1 and H1-B visas. Please contact our Office of International Services at (312) 942-5216 with further visa questions.

Applications can be submitted via ERAS beginning September 15th through November 30th, or when all interview positions are full.

Appointment Requirements

After successfully matching into the Internal Medicine Residency Program, applicants must:

  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Submit to a pre-employment drug screening
  • Meet eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain a training license in the State of Illinois
  • Supply proof of ECFMG certification (Foreign Medical Graduates only)
  • Non-citizens must have Permanent Resident Status, current Employment Authorization Card, or be eligible to and obtain an appropriate visa no later than orientation week (last full week of June)
  • Submit proof of successful graduation from medical school
  • Submit updated USMLE/COMLEX results, if applicable
  • Sign a GME Letter of Appointment/Employment Contract
  • Obtain or provide proof of necessary health examinations, including drug screening and vaccination records to the Employee and Corporate Health Services Department
  • Perform successful completion of online HIPAA and safety training modules required for employment
  • Attend required GME orientation (last full week of June)


Invitations are extended to qualified applicants by email. There are a total of 16 interview days held on Tuesdays and Fridays (for categorical candidates) and Saturdays (for preliminary candidates). Candidates who cannot make one of the 16 group dates may be accommodated on an individual basis at our discretion. Interviews are conducted from the middle of November through the end of January. Those selected to interview will receive information about the interview day via email.

For information about benefits, please visit the Rush GME webpage.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, all requests for program information should be directed to:


Laney McDougal
Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Internal Medicine

Emelina Quintana
Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Internal Medicine

If you are a medical student interested in pursuing an elective in the Department of Internal Medicine, please email Gloria Watkins, clerkship coordinator, Rush Medical College at

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