Applicants are selected on the basis of academic and personal qualifications without regard to race, sex, age, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. All applications to our program must be submitted through ERAS – the Electronic Residency Application Service.
We download ERAS materials frequently, typically daily. ERAS will provide each applicant with a receipt when we have downloaded his or her documents; if you receive this receipt, know we are reviewing your application materials.
Applications to our program are accepted each year from the opening of the ERAS post office on September 1. Our initial applicant review is complete by mid-October. Those with interest in our program after this date are still encouraged to submit applications with the understanding that we may not be able to consider the application as rigorously as those submitted before.
We require the following elements to consider your application complete:
- Application form
- Personal statement
- Photograph (for identification purposes only)
- MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation) – the "Dean's Letter"
- Transcript from medical school
- Three letters of recommendation. Letters may be submitted by any professional who knows you and can represent you best; we have no specific requirements for letters from radiologists or department heads. You may submit additional letters as you wish.
- USMLE (or equivalent) Step 1 score. We accept COMLEX scores, but we encourage our osteopathic applicants to also submit a USMLE Step 1 score.
- USMLE (or equivalent) Step 2 score, if available. If not, please indicate on the application the date when you will take this examination.
We have no additional requirements, and we consider each applicant individually. Any applicant with questions about visas should address them directly with the Office of Graduate Medical Education of the hospital.
We want our application process to be as straightforward and transparent as possible. In an effort to be fair to all applicants and to gain the fullest possible picture of each applicant, we do not offer interview appointments until October. Interviews are conducted on selected days of each interview season from mid-November through January. Applicants are invited by e-mail, and appointments are made on a first-come basis. Appointments should be made by email; we will respond to all emails as quickly as possible. Since dates fill quickly, applicants are advised to make appointments promptly.
All positions are filled through the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program). Their policies and procedures are explained on their website: www.nrmp.org.
The Interview Day
Pennsylvania Hospital is located in downtown Philadelphia at:
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Directions to Pennsylvania Hospital
Applicants have the option to attend an informal reception hosted by our residents at a nearby restaurant on the evening prior to their interview. The actual interview is planned to provide each applicant with an informative and enjoyable experience, which lasts a full morning into the early afternoon. The agenda starts with a program overview. Each candidate will then have separate private interviews with the department faculty and the chief residents. The applicant group will also observe a typical noon conference, tour our beautiful, historical facility and enjoy lunch with some of our residents and staff.
We hope that we have answered most questions but, if not, we encourage applicants to contact us by e-mail. We look forward to receiving your application.