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Application and Appointment FAQs

What do I need to know before applying?

Will your program accept applications from international graduates?

Yes. We do accept applications from international graduates and do have international graduates in our current program. However, international medical school graduates must either be US citizens or have legal resident status.

Will your program sponsor H1B and J1 visas?

No. We are regretfully unable to accept applications from VISA applicants at this time.

Do you have cut off scores for USMLE or COMLEX?

Yes. Applicants must have passing USMLE or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 scores.

Will your program make exceptions for otherwise qualified applicants who have not passed one or both of their USMLE or COMLEX steps?

No. All applicants must have passing USMLE or COMLEX step 1 and step 2 scores.

Do you have an attempt limit for passing the USMLE or COMLEX steps?

Yes. No more than 2 failures are acceptable.

Do I need to have my PTAL in hand before I apply?

No. California has discontinued the requirement for the postgraduate training authorization letter (PTAL) effective January 1st, 2020. Effective January 1st 2020, all applicants must be eligible for the a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) issued by the Medical Board or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

Will we take paper applications or applications outside of ERAS?

No. Only applications submitted through ERAS are acceptable.

When is the application deadline?

December 31st, 2021..

Do you participate in the Match?

Yes. We only accept applicants registered for the Match (NRMP).

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

Three. At least one letter from a family medicine faculty preferred. The rest should be from primary care specialties.

Does your program have a cutoff for number of years since graduating medical school?

Yes. Applicants need to have graduated from a medical school recognized by the Medical Board or Osteopathic Medical Board of California within the last two years.

Will your program make an exception to the two-year graduation cutoff for an otherwise qualified applicant?

No. Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the last two years.

Will your program accept applications from medical residents with prior training?

No. We are regretfully unable to accept applications from medical residents with prior training at this time.

If I do Match, what are additional requirements in order to be hired?

Will I need to undergo a background check prior to being hired?

Yes. All applicants for employment to Providence St. Joseph Health are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to being hired.

Are there medical requirements in order to be hired?

All Providence employees are required to pass certain medial requirements which include:

  • Proof of immunization to COVID-19.
  • MMR immunization or proof of immunity.
  • Varicella immunization or proof of immunity.
  • Hepatitis B immunization or proof of immunity.
  • Tdap immunization within past 10 years.
  • Annual Influenza immunization.
  • Annual Tuberculosis testing.
  • Annual Respiratory Protection training (PAPR or N95 mask).

Does the residency program provide housing?

The hospital does have 4 housing units which are made available for residents to rent. However, most residents need to find their own housing. There is considerable competition for rental units in our community due to the student population of Humboldt State University. We advise that residents start looking for housing soon after they match. The hospital does have relationships with reality agencies which can assist residents to find suitable housing.

Will I need to have an automobile?

Although not required, it is very strongly suggested that residents have their own automobile. Most clinical rotations are close enough to the hospital and clinic to make walking or bicycle commuting possible. However, there are several rotations in Arcata and Fortuna, 10 and 15 miles distant respectively. In addition, first year residents spend 2 one-month rotations at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento 300 miles away. Although public transportation is possible, it would be very inconvenient.