Internal Medicine Residency
How to Apply
Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). United States medical students should contact their Dean's Office for access to the ERAS system. You must go through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply to our program. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2021 at 9:00 am EST.
2021-2022 Application Process
The deadline for applications is October 1, 2021 at 9:00 am EST. Because we personally review every application, including the dean’s letters, our screening process tends to run later than other programs. All invitations to interview will be granted no later than November 30, 2021.
Step 2 Test Results
Step 2 test results must be submitted in ERAS no later than March 1, 2021. As Step 2 results are required to receive a Massachusetts medical license, this due date is to ensure test results are available on Match Day so the licensing process can begin as soon as possible.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. In accordance with COVID-era AAIM guidelines, applicants to the Categorical, Primary Care, Physician Scientist and Preliminary programs require a total of 3 letters for the 2020-2021 application cycle:
- Letter from your medical school Dean (the Dean's letter)
- Letter from the Department of Medicine chair or clerkship director
- 1-2 additional letters from individuals who can assess your skills and abilities (typically faculty members with whom you have worked in clinical or research settings)
While we will accept additional letters of recommendation, a maximum of four letters can be transmitted through ERAS.
Applying to multiple programs
With multiple tracks available within the Internal Medicine Residency program, we encourage applicants to explore the different opportunities available and apply to the program(s) that best match your interests.
Applicants can apply for the Categorical and Primary Care programs simultaneously. Your application will be reviewed by screeners in each program you have selected. If invited to interview, you will learn more about each program and interview with the respective teams over the course of two subsequent days. You will be considered for each program independently, as each program has a separate match list.
Restrictions: If you select the Physician Scientist Program, Neurology Prelim Program, or general Prelim program, you will only be considered for that program – even if you selected Categorical and/or Primary Care as well.
- Physician Scientist Program (PSP): The PSP track is intended for applicants planning a career in basic science research. If you select the PSP option on ERAS, your application will only be considered for the Stanbury PSP track and will not be eligible for interviews with other programs. However, if, after interviewing, you decide that Stanbury PSP is not the right fit, you can request to move your application from Stanbury PSP consideration to the traditional Categorical program consideration. While the Stanbury PSP track is listed separately in ERAS (you must select that track to be considered for an interview), you will apply through the match using the Categorical program (NRMP #1261140C0).
- The Neuro-Preliminary Track option is only for applicants who are applying to the Harvard BWH-MGH Neurology Residency Program and would like to do their preliminary medicine year at Mass General. If you select this option in ERAS, you will only be considered for the Neuro Prelim program and your application will not be reviewed by other programs. (Please note: all interviews for this program are managed by the Neurology program, so you must also apply to the main Neurology program separately to be considered for this preliminary program.)
- The Preliminary Track is for all other applicants looking to complete an intern year in medicine before moving on to other specialties. If you select this option in ERAS, you will only be considered for the Preliminary program and your application will not be reviewed by other programs.
Interviews and Match
Selection for interview is based on a number of factors, including academic and clinical performance, particularly in medicine rotations.
All PGY-1 positions for the 2021-2022 academic year for this program are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We do NOT offer pre-match positions.
The Internal Medicine NRMP numbers for Match participation are:
- NRMP #1261140C0 | Categorical Track (3 year traditional, ABIM Research Pathway)
- NRMP #1261140P0 | Preliminary Track (1 year in duration)
- NRMP #1261140M0 | Primary Care Track (3 years in duration)
- NRMP #1261140P1 | Neuro-Preliminary Track (1 year in duration)
To apply to the Harvard Mass General Med/Peds Program, please visit Harvard Mass General Med-Peds.
2021-2022 Interview Dates
Categorical Interview Days
- Tuesday November 2nd, 2021
- Monday November 8th, 2021
- Tuesday November 16th, 2021
- Thursday November 18th, 2021
- Monday November 29th, 2021
- Tuesday December 7th, 2021
- Thursday December 9th, 2021
- Tuesday December 14th, 2021
- Friday December 17th, 2021
- Monday January 3rd, 2022
- Friday January 7th, 2022
- Tuesday January 11th, 2022
- Friday January 21st, 2022
Primary Care Interview Days (both days required)
- Monday November 1st and Tuesday November 2nd, 2021
- Monday November 15th and Tuesday November 16th, 2021
- Monday December 6th and Tuesday December 7th, 2021
- Monday December 13th and Tuesday December 14th, 2021
- Monday January 10th and Tuesday January 11th, 2022
Physician Scientist Program (both days required)
- Monday November 8th and Tuesday November 9th, 2021
- Monday November 29th and Tuesday November 30th, 2021
- Thursday December 9th and Friday December 10th, 2021
- Thursday January 3rd and Friday January 4th, 2022
- Friday November 12th, 2021
- Friday November 19th, 2021
- Friday December 3rd, 2021
- Friday January 14th, 2022
Interview Day Synopsis
All interviews during the 2021-2022 interview season will be conducted virtually. Afternoon and morning start times will be offered for Categorical, Primary Care and PSP interview days in order to accommodate time zone differences and other personal obligations.
In order to tailor the interview day to the applicants’ interests, the actual agenda varies based on which program you have applied to. However, all candidates interviewing with the Mass General Department of Medicine will:
- Learn more about training at Mass General, including requirements specific to that program
- Have 1 or more interviews with faculty (1-1 interview for prelim and neuro; Team and 1-1 interviews for Categorical, Primary Care and PSP)
- Join a round table discussion with the Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Katrina Armstrong, and key residency leadership
- Join noon conferences with current residents
- Participate in a Questions & Answer Panel with residents, offering candidates the opportunity to ask anonymous questions
Requirements for International Medical Graduates
International medical graduates (IMGs) must apply for residency through ERAS by contacting the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Massa General receives almost 4,000 applications from around the world each year. Because of the great number of highly qualified applicants, very few international medical graduates are accepted into the residency program. There are typically six to ten international medical graduates in our program of about 210 residents.
Requirements for Foreign Medical Graduates
- Only those with outstanding letters of recommendation and clerkship-level clinical experiences or significant research experience in the United States or Canada will be considered for interviews
- United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
- Scores of 240 or higher on Step 1 and Step 2
- Foreign-educated physicians who seek to obtain H-1B status and who will perform direct patient care must pass the additional Step 3 of the USMLE or must have completed the FLEX or NBME exams. A combination of the above exams is NOT acceptable by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for purposes of an H-1B petition, although a combination may be acceptable for a medical license in certain states
- ECFMG certification must be received on or before January 1, 2022
- Graduates eligible for J-1 Visa status sponsored through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
- We would support an H-1B Visa if the applicant is accepted into the program
- The employment start date for OPT or Visa paperwork is June 15, 2022
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
- National Resident Match Program
- United States Medical Licensing Exam
- The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- ERAS Support for International Medical Students and Graduates
Away Rotations and Observerships
Away Rotations (for medical students)
If you are a medical student wishing to do an away rotation for credits at Mass General, this may be arranged through the Harvard Medical School Registrar's Office.
The Department of Medicine does not offer observerships.