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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, 2019.

2019-2020 Applicants

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019 midnight 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 October 31, 2019.

Step 2 Test Results

Step 2 test results must be submitted no later than October 1, 2020

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. As part of the ERAS application, we require a total of 4 letters:
  • Letter from your medical school Dean (the Dean's letter)
  • Letter from the Department of Medicine chair or clerkship director
  • Two 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 will accept additional letters of recommendation, a maximum of four letters can be transmitted through ERAS. If you would like to send additional letters, do so using the contact information on the top of the page.


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 2019-2020 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)
  • NRMP #1261140C1 | Global Medicine Track (3 years in duration)
To apply to the Harvard Mass General Med/Peds Program, consult theHarvard Mass General Med-Peds.

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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 theHarvard Medical School Registrar's Office.


The Department of Medicine does not offer observerships.

Interview Dates

2018-19 Interview Dates

Please note: Candidates interviewing for the Primary Care Track (or both the Primary Care and Categorical Tracks) and the Stanbury Physician-Scientist Pathway Track will attend a two-day interview at Mass General.


  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Monday, January 13, 2020

Primary Care and Global Medicine (Two Day Interview)

  • Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Monday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Global Medicine (One Day Interview)

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Monday, January 13, 2020

Stanbury Physician-Scientist Pathway (Two Day Interview)

  • Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Thursday, December 19 and Friday December 20, 2019
  • Monday, January 13 and Tuesday January 14, 2020

Preliminary Program (Afternoons Only)

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Friday January 3, 2020

Mass General Internal Medicine Interview Day Synopsis

All candidates interviewing with the Mass General Department of Medicine will be invited to join Mass General residents for dinner the evening prior to their interview. The interview day starts with breakfast, followed by a welcome session and details about training at Mass General. Candidate interviews include a Team Interview with faculty and residents and one-on-one meetings with individual members of the residency program. Other highlights include a and a round table discussion with the Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Katrina Armstrong, and key residency leadership before joining residents for lunch and noon conference. There is a Questions & Answer Panel with residents, offering candidates the opportunity to ask anonymous questions. The day concludes at 3:30 pm with a Program Highlights Flash Presentation Session and an ice cream social.

Visiting Boston for Interviews

Accommodations for Residency Interviews

Mass General is located in the heart of Boston,with a variety of locations to stay at while visiting the Internal Medicine Residency Program.


The options noted below have special rates for guests who are interviewing for residency positions at Boston area hospitals.
  • Wyndham Hotel at Beacon Hill
    • Adjacent to Mass General
    • Residency/Fellowship Rate starting from $145 per night + tax for internship candidates.
      • This rate sells out quickly as it is based on availability. This rate is not applicable to groups and must be booked by the interview candidate by telephone or through the special booking link. Rates are inclusive of Wi-Fi and daily replenished bottled water.
      • To book, please call 617-742-7630 and ask for the residency interview rate.
  • Sheraton Boston
    • Connected to Prudential Mall
    • Rates starting from $302 per night
    • Call 888-627-7054 and reference SET #48044
  • Westin Copley Place Hotel
    • Connected to Copley Mall
    • Rates starting from $271 per night 
    • Call 617-262-9600 and reference the "Medical Resident" rate or ID #420268
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    • Rates from $239 for "MGH Recruitment" 
    • Complimentary buffet breakfast daily, wi-fi and shuttle to and from Mass General. To make reservations, please call 617-577-7600 and request the “Mass General Rate” or book online

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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 190 residents.

Requirements for Foreign Medical Graduates

  • Only those with outstanding letters of recommendation and a year or more of clinical or research experience in the United States or Canada will be considered for interviews
  • United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
    • Scores of 250 or higher on Step 1 and Step 2
  • ECFMG certification must be received on or before January 1, 2020
  • 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, 2020

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