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Timeline/ Interview Process

All applications should be made through ERAS only. We welcome qualified graduates from both allopathic and osteopathic programs. Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency participates in the National Resident Matching Program.

To apply, please include:

  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Official transcript
  • Three letters of reference
  • USMLE Step 1, minimum score 200
  • COMLEX scores accepted for DO applicants
The Providence Hood River Family Medicine Rural Program has a separate match number for the Family Medicine NRMP from the Providence Oregon FM Residency - ACGME Program # 1204000729.

Interviews are by invitation and are conducted from October through December.

Please address any additional correspondence to:
Providence Hood River Family Medicine Rural Program
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
810 12th Street, Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 541-387-1954

Resident Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), colleges of Osteopathic medicine in the US accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have received a currently valid certificate from ECFMG prior to appointment, or
  • Have full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training
  • Applicants should be eligible to be licensed in the State of Oregon
  • Applicants must have passed USMLE or Comlex Part I and Part II
  • Applicants should be proficient in Medical Spanish and be able to care for patients in most settings without an interpreter by the beginning of their second year of the program

International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certification, U.S. citizenship, or permanent resident status. Providence Health & Services and Providence Hood River Family Medicine Rural Program does sponsor J-1 visas on a case by case basis when all other criteria is met. In addition, applicants should have demonstrable inpatient experience and credible recommendations from an ACGME accredited teaching hospital within the last five years. Applicants must speak fluent English, though other language skills can be an asset. Passage of the 'English Proficiency' test for the ECFMG does not assure this level of competency.

Providence Health & Services - Portland Service Area will ensure that its ACGME-accredited programs select from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. ACGME accredited programs in the Portland Service Area will not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Interview Day:

If you have received an invitation to interview...Congratulations!

We appreciate your interest in our rural residency and only wish you could visit us in person in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. We have to admit, we miss interviewing in person, but we are confident that through our website, virtual interviews and even a local gift, you will get a sense of our close-knit family of residents, faculty and staff. Please log into Thalamus and confirm that the interview date you are signed up for is correct and add that to your own scheduling platform.

Here are some specific details about your interview date and schedule:

  • 9 am PST - Program Overview: Overview of the program with our director, Dr. Gobbo, followed by a question and answer session.
  • 10:10 am to 12:00 pm PST - Interviews: Three, 30 minute individual interviews by both core and community faculty, a resident or recent graduate. (Time allows for a 10 minute break between each interview).
  • 12:10 pm to 1:20 pm - "Lunch" and Resident Group Meet: This will feature a group activity with our residents that will include something fun, a question and answer section, opening of a Hood River Care package (if it gets to you in time) and you can ask to have some 1:1 time with any resident there as well.
  • 1:30 pm Virtual Hike and Wrap up: A “Virtual Hike” with our program director or associate program director on some of the trails within 10 minutes of our hospital. In the past years our hike was the highlight of our interview and we typically informed residents to dress warmly as snow and rain were not uncommon! This year, you can decide what’s best for you. This will be an open session to ask more questions if needed and Dr. Gobbo will share some of the geological, historical and cultural stories as we “walk” some of the trails of our valley and the Columbia River Gorge.

A few additional items to consider as you prepare for your virtual interview day with us.

  • Please complete the Thalamus survey that was sent to you prior to your interview day so we can better prepare for your time with us.
  • This will be the first time using Thalamus and we do anticipate that it will run smoothly, however it is possible the system might have some difficulties. In cases of a system crash, we would like to have in place alternative virtual platforms ready to go. Please let us know in the pre-interview survey which of the following platforms you are comfortable using such as: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime or simply your phone.
  • Check out our website: and look for new content including on-line videos and resident testimonials. We have been adding and updating material each week.
  • To make sure your interview day goes as smoothly as possible, please ensure you have a stable internet connection and are using a laptop, computer or tablet with a video enabled device. In addition, it is recommended that the space you are using is as free of potential distractions and noise as possible. Please wear comfortable clothes (business causal is best) and have access to some water.
  • If for some reason you are unable to make your interview date, please let us know as soon as possible so you can reschedule for an alternate date or let those on our waiting list be contacted.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting you!

Robert Gobbo, MD, Program Director

Liz Jex, Program Coordinator