International Medical Graduate Applicants

  • GFM WILL ONLY accept applications via ERAS

  • Completed applications are due via ERAS on/before November 1st

  • Only applicants who have graduated within the last 5 years from an MD/DO or equivalent program will be considered

  • Only ECFMG certified applicants with outstanding academic records will be considered

  • Excellent spoken & written English is important for all candidates

ERAS Application Must Include

  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical school dean’s letter
  • At least 3 clinical letters of recommendation (LoRs) based on experience not longer than three years ago.
  • Research letters of recommendation if used, must be in addition to 3 clinical letters of recommendation
  • Recent Digital photograph
  • Electronic transmission of USMLE or COMLEX transcripts

Applicants with previous residency training also must submit:

  • Summative Evaluation from previous residency director(s)
  • In-training exam scores
  • Schedule of rotations completed at previous residency

Additional guidelines for international medical graduates:

  • Valid and current ECFMG certificate for International Medical Graduates who have completed medical school
  • International Medical Graduates who are still attending medical school, must graduate in time to obtain ECFMG certification & be able to start residency on July 1st
  • Passing scores on
    • USMLE Step 1
    • USMLE Step 2 and CSA exams
    • Must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 exams in less than 3 attempts combined.  CSA must be passed on first attempt.
    • At least 3 recent Letters of Recommendation
    • Must be within Last 3 years
    • Must be based on U.S., Canadian and/or U.K Experience
    • Research experience does not meet this requirement
    • At least 1 letter of recommendation must reflect your U.S. primary care clinical experience
  • International Medical Applications must have a minimum of 900 hours U.S. Clinical Hours, most of this must be 'hands on' experience.  Some observation/shadowing will be accepted.
    • Research experience will not be counted as clinical experience.
    • Clinical hours from U.S., Canadian, and U.K. Experience will be accepted
    • Primary care in the outpatient and inpatient setting is recommended. 
    • Family medicine, or one of its componenents, is recommended. 


  • Ghent Family Medicine will sponsor J-1 visas only

Ghent Family Medicine will only be accepting applications for 2015-2016 PGY1 positions at this time.


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