Application Process (TP)

ERAS Application

All applications to the Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine residencies are received through the web-based Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Both the Transitional and Preliminary Medicine programs match and currently have osteopathic doctors in their programs.  A COMLEX score at or above 420 is acceptable in lieu of USMLE scores for osteopathic applicants.

Candidates who would like to be considered for both the Transitional Year and Preliminary Medicine residencies need to submit only one application and one set of documents, to either of the programs. A single interview will serve for both programs, and we will automatically rank all acceptable applicants for both residencies, independently of the program through which the application was received.

Interviews are by invitation only and are generally offered to applicants with a combination of solid medical school performance, above average USMLE scores, recent clinical experience in U.S. hospitals in which the student or physician had meaningful responsibility for patient management decisions, and strong letters of support from clinical supervisors. International Medical Graduates generally work under a J-1 visa.

A Special Note for Foreign Medical Graduates

Applications to all our Transitional or Preliminary Medicine Residency Programs are accepted only through the ERAS application service. All positions are filled through the NRMP. Our goal is to match the best people that we can find into our Residency programs no matter if they are IMG's or USMG's. We presently have members of both groups in residency programs throughout our hospital.

If you match at St. Vincent the policy of the Medical Education Department is to consider the Visa of your choice, provided that there is time to acquire this Visa and that you have the proper credentials. We are very much in favor of the J1 Visa because it is much less expensive and requires less paperwork and time.

The Transitional Year program desires USMLE scores to be at or above 200. However, because our program is very competitive, we generally match applicants with higher scores.

We prefer medical school graduation dates within the past 3 years. Exceptions to this are possible, provided that there has been experience, practice, and documentation of continuing medical education since graduation.

US clinical experience is not required for application to our programs. However, it does enhance the quality of your application and provides you with a better chance of being selected for an interview.

We do not provide observerships before the Match. If you match into one of our programs, there is a possibility of an observership or externship after the match and before residency in order to assist you with orientation to our hospital.

How to Schedule an Interview

Applicants who are offered an interview will be directed to our scheduling web site to select the preferred interview date. Appointments are generally scheduled between October 14 and January 28. In case of conflicts or questions, please contact our Program Coordinator Tammie Horkay at

Interview Day Agenda

Interview Day begins with a group meeting of all applicants for an overview of the programs given by the Director. Applicants then participate in a private interview with the Director and another private interview with a faculty member. After the interviews, current Transitional/Preliminary Medicine residents give applicants a tour of the hospital and take them to lunch. Applicants are encouraged to ask any and all questions because we want you to be well-informed and we want to get to know you.


Upon request, hotel accommodations will be provided for the night before the interview. Transportation to and from the airport is not provided. The only meal that is provided is lunch on the day of the interview.