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Department of

Department of Internal Medicine

Residency Programs

Applicant Information

We only accept applications for our residency program through ERAS and we participate fully with the NRMP. We have no minimum requirement for USMLE scores and look at an applicant's entire application package in making our interview invitations. We appreciate diversity of life experiences, leadership roles, backgrounds, and additional training in our selection process. 

Letters of Recommendation:

We require four letters of recommendation. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and alterations to the schedules of many medical students, we aim to be flexible in regard to the rotations and supervisors from which applicants obtain their letters of recommendation. If possible, we encourage applicants to obtain a letter from an individual in the department of pediatrics (e.g. chair, clerkship director, faculty attending, mentor, etc.) and another from an individual in the department of internal medicine (e.g. chair, clerkship director, faculty attending, mentor, etc.). The other two letters can be at the applicant's discretion; however, we strongly encourage letters from individuals who have worked with applicants in a clinical, mentoring, leadership, or scholarly capacity and that can comment on one's clinical acumen, work ethic, dedication, and interpersonal communication skills. We recognize that many students may not be able to get a letter from a supervisor in the department of pediatrics and internal medicine related to COVID-19 and recommend using the guidelines in the previous sentence if they experience difficulty. If an applicant has questions about letters of recommendation, please feel free to reach out to our program directors with questions.

Letters of Invitation:

Due to the delay in ERAS this interview season, we anticipate we will start sending invitations to interview towards the end of October and beginning of November. As cancellations occur, we will continue to send out invitations throughout our interview season.

USLME and COMLEX Examinations:

Given the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for standardized testing completion, for the 2020-2021 interview season we will not require a USMLE Step II-CK or COMLEX Level 2-CE for an invitation to our program. We will require an applicant's scores by the end of January 2021 prior to the construction of our rank list. We strongly encourage applicants to take these exams as soon as they are safely and feasibly able to do so. With the cancellation of the USMLE Step-CS as of May 2020, we will no longer be requiring that exam for consideration in our program. 

Interview Days:

At the present time we anticipate that our program will move to virtual interviews for the safety of our applicants, our residency program, and our patients; however, that will be dependent on local, state, and national guidelines. We anticipate that we will be interviewing in November 2020 to January 2021.

Scheduling Interviews:

We utilize the thalamus comprehensive scheduling platform to schedule our interviews. This platform provides applicants with easy, secure, and immediate interview scheduling capabilities.

Visits to our Institutions:

In previous years we were able to welcome applicants for on-site interviews as well as second look visits (though not required!) to experience something they were not able to see during their interview day. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic we will likely not be able to welcome applicants to our institutions for visits. We are very sad about this; however, the safety of our applicants is our top priority.

Holistic and Ethical Selection Process:

Our decision process is made by a diverse committee that looks at the "whole applicant" and the qualities they will bring to our program. This committee consists of many of the people you will meet on your interview day, all of whom participate in implicit bias training on an annual basis. We also strive to adhere to all of the NRMP Match Policies in our selection process. As a result, we do not offer positions or promise certain spots on our match list. This in no way indicates our feelings for an applicant, rather that we feel adhering to the ethical principles of the match and a holistic selection process are important tenets to our functioning as a residency program. 


If you have any further questions about our application process, please don't hesitate to contact us -- especially in a year like this! We are eager to meet all of the applicants that are embarking on the journey of joining the fabulous specialty of Med-Peds!


Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd
Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency


More Information

For more information on the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, please contact us at:

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
UC Department of Internal Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
Mail Location 0535
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0535

Phone: 513-584-0397
Fax: 513-584-0369

Program Director:
Jennifer K. O’Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

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