How to Apply

We accept applications from September through January each year via the Electronic Residency Application Service, or ERAS. Our program is listed as Rush University Med Ctr-IL.

Eligible applicants must be expected graduates of accredited US and Canadian medical schools or International Medical Graduates of a medical school listed by the World Directory of Medical Schools.

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.

Program number  

Categorical Internal Medicine Program


We are not accepting applications for PGY-2 or PGY-3 positions.

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Selection policy

  • National Resident Matching Program (NRMP): The Internal Medicine Training Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • 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)
    • Medical school transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Two required letters: one clinical from an IM faculty and one DOM Summary Letter of Evaluation or a letter from the chairman of medicine or his/her designate
      • Optional letters: could be from clinical faculty or a scholarly project mentor
    • USMLE transcripts 
      • Step 2 CK is not required prior to interviewing
      • Step 2 CS is not required this recruitment season due to the suspension of testing
      • Since some schools require passing Step 2 as a graduation requirement, and the state of Illinois requires it for licensure, we prefer, if possible, to have both USMLE scores to complete your application.​

Note: A photo is not required for interview consideration

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 (our program is understanding if you have been unable to secure a rotation during the pandemic)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate by the time of the match

The Department of Medicine sponsors both J-1 and H-1B visas. 

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About interview season

Our 2020-21 interview season will be virtual! Invitations are extended to selected applicants by email. We use Thalamus for candidates to self-schedule their interviews. We will also be using their video-conferencing software that integrates with Zoom, Webex, and other popular platforms. Interviews are conducted from the beginning of November through the middle of January. Those selected to interview will receive information about the interview day via email. 

Due to the volume of inquiries, we are unable to respond to all emails and phone calls. We do not accept walk-in appointments and are only able to accommodate meetings with current Rush medical college students.

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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.

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

Contact us

If you have questions, please review our frequently asked questions. For additional questions, requests for program information should be directed to the following:

Maggie Topps
Senior Program Coordinator 
Department of Internal Medicine
Sara London
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 click here

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Last updated 10/13/2020
We will continue to update this page throughout interview season as needed.
Recruitment Dates

September 1, 2020
Applicants begin applying in ERAS

October 21, 2020
Programs begin reviewing applications in ERAS

MSPEs released to programs

November 2020 - January 2021
Interview season

February 1 - March 3, 2021
Rank Order List submission 

March 15-19, 2021
Match Week