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Selection Criteria

We employ a holistic review process to identify qualified candidates who are prepared to understand and address the unique challenges facing our West Philadelphia community. We have no absolute requirements or cutoffs, but applicants who are invited to interview generally exhibit:

  • strong clinical skills
  • excellence in clinical rotations in settings comparable to ours
  • solid fund of medical knowledge
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • commitment to health equity and social justice
  • interest in full-spectrum family medicine; and
  • passion for clinical areas prioritized in our training program

We seek candidates with diverse interests, backgrounds, and life experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions.

We recognize that societal forces of oppression often adversely impact applicants who are underrepresented in medicine. We invite applicants to share any personal, familial or structural barriers that have impacted their trajectory, so that we may account for this in our application review process.

Although we serve a predominantly Black patient population, this has not always been reflected in our residency program faculty and resident body. As a result of years of intentional efforts to create a supportive and affirming training environment for members of underrepresented groups, we have seen our residency program become increasingly diverse and more concordant with the community we serve.

We continue to work actively to cultivate greater diversity among our faculty.

Application Requirements

To be considered for an interview, applicants must submit all of the following materials:

  • ERAS Common Application
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • ECFMG Certificate (if graduate of non-LCME school)

We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or age. We also do not discriminate against applicants based on disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions.

Our program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our program sponsors J1 visas.

Visiting Penn for an Interview

Invitations to interview are extended by email after review of application materials. In order to allow time for a complete and holistic review of our applicant pool, we will not offer any interviews until the week of October 18th, 2021.

We anticipate a virtual application season for 2021-2022, though we await final instructions from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Candidates wishing to explore other aspects of our program can arrange to do so by attending a pre- or post-application virtual information session, or by contacting our Academic Manager Darcy MacDonald for more information. Additional details for contacting individual residents and faculty will be provided on the interview day.

Residency Address

Darcy McDonald
Academic Manager
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
3737 Market Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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