Residency Program Application Requirements

Stanford participates in the National Residency Matching Program through ERAS only (available at www.aamc.eras). Your application will be considered complete when the following documents have been received:

  1. An application and personal statement
  2. Three to four letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who have worked with you in clinical settings. We strongly recommend one or more letters from a pathologist.  PhD applicants should request a letter from their thesis advisor.
  3. Dean's letter/Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  4. Official medical school transcripts
  5. Curriculum vitae. (NB: The ERAS formated CV is sufficient).
  6. Official copy of your United States Medical Licensing Examination scores. USMLE, 3750 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3190, Telephone 215-590-9600, www.usmle.org (If you are enrolled in an AAMC approved medical school in the US or Canada, we will accept a copy of your school's report of your scores provided it is verified as a true copy by your Registrar and stamped with the School seal.)
  7. Letter from your program director, if you are currently enrolled in a residency program as well as a second letter from a physician who has worked closely with you in your current program
  8. A copy of your ECFMG certificate, Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California, and ECFMG and Flex/USMLE exam scores, if you are an International Medical Graduate. We will not review your application without these documents.
  9. Although not a requirement, we encourage you to submit a photograph of yourself. Don't worry, it need not be of professional quality.

    Information regarding visa sponsorship:

    Non-Canadian Visa Requirements: All trainees in residency and clinical fellowship programs will be placed on ECFMG sponsored J-1 visas. Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) does not sponsor such trainees for the H-1B visa.

    ECFMG requires a valid ECFMG certificate obtained by successful completion of their qualifying examinations (VQE, FMGEMS, NBME, or USMLE) coupled with the appropriate English language examination to be eligible for a visa. Allow 120 working days for ECFMG to process an initial visa. For further information contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 Telephone 215-386-5900.

    Canadian Visa Requirements

    Graduates of Canadian medical schools will be placed on ECFMG sponsored J-1 visas. They are not required to take the qualifying examinations such as FMGEMS, NBME, and USMLE in order to obtain their visas. Note: At this time the government of Canada is restricting approval of physicians wishing to obtain clinical training outside Canada. SHC is unable to obtain a J-1 visa without the consent of the Canadian government.

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