The Ghent Family Medicine Residency will only accept applications via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Please do not email the program any application materials directly.

Only applicants who have graduated from MD/DO programs within the last five years will be considered.

For an ERAS application to be eligible for ranking in our Match list, it must include:

  • A personal statement
  • Your medical school transcript
  • A medical school dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • At least three clinical letters of recommendation based on experience (not longer than three years ago) in the U.S. or the U.K.
    • Research experience does not meet this requirement. If used, research-related letters of recommendation must be in addition to your three clinical letters of recommendation. 
  • A digital photograph
  • Passing USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX 1 score
  • Passing USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) or COMLEX 2 (CE and PE) score

Applicants with previous residency training must also submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from previous residency director(s)
  • In-training exam scores
  • Schedule of rotations completed at previous residency

International medical graduates

In addition to the requirements above, international medical graduates must also:

  • Have a valid and current ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates who have completed medical school)
  • Graduate in time to obtain ECFMG certification and be able to start residency on July 1 (for international medical graduates who are still attending medical school)
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation, which must reflect your U.S. primary care clinical experience
  • Have a minimum of 900 hours U.S. clinical hours included on application
    • Most of this must be hands-on experience. Some observation/shadowing will be accepted.
    • Research experience will not be counted as clinical experience.
    • Clinical experience from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. will be accepted.
    • Primary care in the outpatient and inpatient setting is recommended. 
    • Family medicine (or one of its componenents) is recommended. 

The Ghent Family Medicine Residency sponsors only J-1 visas.


Applicants will be contacted through ERAS to be offered an interview at our program.

Ghent Family Medicine provides basic hotel accommodations for candidates on the night before the interview. Dinner is held that evening at a local restaurant with a few of our residents. Attendance at dinner is not required, but it is encouraged. The purpose of the dinner is to give the candidate a chance to meet current residents and learn about the program in a relaxed, informal setting.

On interview day, the candidate should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. for an overview and welcome with program leadership. Business professional dress is highly encouraged.

Candidates will interview with faculty members and senior residents for approximately 20 minutes each. At the conclusion of interviews, the candidate will get a chance to tour the campus with a resident guide, followed by lunch with a group of residents. The interview day typically concludes around 1:30 p.m.

For further information or to request any special accommodations, please contact our Program Administrator Ally Hemphill by email at or by phone at 757.446.5738. If you must cancel or change an interview, please email us as soon as possible.