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Application Process

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center participates in the National Resident Matching Program. We welcome qualified graduates from M.D. and D.O. programs. Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Paper and email applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Application deadline is December 1 - Early application is encouraged as interview spots are limited and fill quickly!

We require the following:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter (MPSE)
  • Three letters of recommendation - one from the department of internal medicine or a department representative from your third-year clerkship.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript for Step 1 (with Step II and CS available before ranking deadline)*

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be graduates of:

  • U.S. or Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Osteopathic medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Applicants should be eligible to be licensed in the State of Oregon

International Graduates

  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training
  • International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certification prior to appointment.
  • Demonstrable inpatient experience and credible letters of recommendation from an ACGME accredited teaching hospital. Observerships and research do not meet this requirement.
  • Applicants must speak and write fluent English. Other language skills are an asset.
  • Graduation from medical school ideally within the past 2 years.
  • Providence considers J1 Visa or permanent residency only.

Interviews

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting ALL interviews virtually. We are working hard to design an interview day that will best capture the personal feel of our program so you can discover the best fit learning environment for yourself.
  • If safety allows, we may offer in person visits with a tour and opportunity to meet residents on Mondays starting late November. The purpose of these visit days is for you to get a better sense of whether we are the right fit for you before making this important decision. We would love to showcase our program. However, we recognize there can be issues with cost, carbon footprints, and equity in offering these visits. So, they are TRULY optional and will not factor into how we rank applicants. To promote equity, we will not request feedback from any residents or faculty you may meet on your in-person visit.
  • Interviews begin late October and extend through mid-January.
  • Invitations are extended after thorough review of each application.
  • Invitations will be sent after 4pm Pacific Time to avoid disruption of your educational time.
  • Interviews are scheduled on Wednesdays (exclusive of week one) for the Preliminary program, and Thursdays and Fridays for the Categorical program.
  • We use a 3rd party software to manage our interview scheduling.
Interview Day
Due to the COVID pandemic, our interviews will be held virtually. (AAMC virtual interview tips for applicants)

In-Person Tour

We hope you are all having a productive interview season. We are excited to announce that we have decided we can safely offer in person second visits with a tour and opportunity to meet residents on January 24 and 31. We will have a dinner for applicants (proof of COVID vaccination required) and some residents the evening prior. The purpose of these visit days is for you to get a better sense of whether we are the right fit for you before making this important decision. We would love to showcase our program. However, we recognize there can be issues with cost, carbon footprints, and equity in offering these visits. So, they are TRULY optional and will not factor into how we rank applicants. To promote equity, we will not request feedback from any residents or faculty you may meet on your in-person visit. We must limit the number of visitors to a maximum of 12 per day. If interest exceeds our capacity, we will explore adding a third date.

Schedule:

The evening prior: Dinner 6:00PM - 8:00PM

10:15 am Arrive at the Department of Medicine Suite 20 lower level

10:30-11:30 am Tour the hospital with the Chief Resident

11:30-11:45 am Meet available residents in the resident workroom

11:45 am Grab lunch in the cafeteria

12:15-1:00 pm Attend Noon Conference

1:00- 1:10 pm Wrap up with the Chef Resident

Resident Contract

Attached is the most current, approved version of the resident contract*.

*Contract is subject to periodic revisions to reflect changes in salary compensation, hospital policies and procedures, accreditation or regulatory requirements.

Guidelines for Interviews

Our program affords all applicants a courteous, professional experience.

At no point should a program representative ask:

  • Demographic questions (relations/marital status, family planning, religion, etc.)
  • About applicants’ other programs (programs to which the applicant has applied, has ranked, applicants’ geographic area of interest)
  • How an applicant plans to rank our program

We discourage applicants from post-interview communication for the purpose of trying to prove your interest. Post interview communication has no role in how applicants are ranked and is not necessary for us to take your application seriously.

We do encourage applicants to reach out if they have additional questions about the program as choosing a residency is an important decision. This may be especially important this year due to the virtual nature of the interview process.

The Program may send post-interview communication to re-emphasize aspects of our program that might make us a good fit for an applicant. We do not write anything disingenuous, refer to an applicant’s rank position, or ask for commitment.

Appointment

After matching, applicants must:

  • Undergo a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screening
  • Submit to a health screening and provide necessary immunization documentation
  • Submit proof of successful medical school graduation
  • Meet requirements to obtain a State of Oregon training license
  • Provide updated USMLE/COMLEX results
  • Sign Graduate Medical Education Training Agreement
  • Attend orientation