How to Apply

amily and Community Medicine - Residency Program - How to Apply

Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Click here to review: Penn State Hershey Graduate Medical Education Eligibility and Selection of Residents Policy.

Applicants will only be considered if they graduated medical school within the past five years.

Basic Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of LCME-accredited Allopathic US & Canadian Medical Schools.

  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt
  • Three Letters of Recommendation with at least one being from a family physician

Selection Criteria for Osteopathic Graduates:

  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • COMLEX scores passed. (No more than one total prior failure)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation with at least one being from a family physician
  • Completed a one-year transitional year

Selection Criteria for Graduates of non-LCME-accredited Medical Schools

Very highly qualified graduates of non-LCME-accredited medical schools can bring strength and diversity to our program but must meet the residency's high standards for consideration.

  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure
  • Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt
  • Minimum of three months clinical training in the US or Canada, or clinical experience elsewhere which clearly demonstrates an understanding and interest in primary care and Family Medicine in particular
  • Three Letters of Recommendation of which at least one is from a family physician or primary care physician
  • The program sponsors only J-1 visas

Selection and Interview Process

The Program begins reviewing candidates when ERAS open in September. Once your completed ERAS application is received, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview until all available interview spots have been filled. Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled for most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from October through January.  The program is happy to pay for accommodations at a local hotel, although interviewees are responsible for providing their own transportation to Hershey.

For questions, please contact Residency Program Coordinator via e-mail: msauer@hmc.psu.edu.