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Selection Criteria

We seek residents with diverse interests and backgrounds, with the understanding that societal forces of oppression often adversely impact applicants who are under-represented in medicine. We employ a holistic review process to identify candidates with an awareness of the unique challenges facing our historically under-resourced, predominantly Black community in West Philadelphia. We have no absolute requirements, but well-qualified applicants generally exhibit:

  • Strong medical school performance, as reflected in the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  • Excellence in clinical rotations in settings comparable to ours;
  • Solid fund of medical knowledge, including successful completion of USMLE Steps I and II;
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated in MSPE, letters of recommendation and interview;
  • A commitment to health equity and social justice, exemplified through extracurriculars and/or personal experiences;
  • Recent medical school graduation – generally graduating this or last academic year.

Application Requirements

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Dean's letter issued and dated within the past three years
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript, with passing scores on Step I and Step II
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in our program and in Family Medicine
  • Valid 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.

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We only sponsor J1 visas.

Visiting Penn for an Interview


**2020-2021 Application Cycle**: We are conducting all parts of the interview process virtually for this current application year.  Our institution does not permit any in-person visits/tours/second looks, even for students enrolled in our own medical school.

Invitations to interview are extended by email after review of application materials. Interview dates are typically scheduled from November through January, for the match the following March.

Typically, we hold in-person interview day that run from 8:30 am until about 1:30 pm and include interviews with the program director, faculty and residents, as well as a tour of our residency clinic and hospital sites. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Our residents volunteer to host out-of-town candidates on an as-needed basis. Candidates wishing to explore other aspects of our program can arrange to do so on their interview day or through a "second look" visit by prior arrangement with our Academic Manager.

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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