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). Applicants will only be considered for interview and entry into the Program if they graduated medical school within the past three years and meet the basic eligibility criteria below.

Preference will be given to those applicants with solid academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school and with a record of leadership, teamwork, compassion, and integrity.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of LCME - Accredited Allopathic US and 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, including at least one from a family physician

Eligibility Criteria for Osteopathic Graduates:

  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • COMLEX scores passed with no more than one total prior failure
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, including at least one from a family physician
  • Completion of a one-year transitional year in an Osteopathic residency (due to Pennsylvania state regulations)

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of Non-LCME Accredited Medical Schools

Very highly qualified graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools may possibly be considered for an interview if they 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, including at least one is from a family physician or primary care physician
  • The program accepts only J-1 visas 
  • ERAS is available to students and graduates of international medical school through ECFMG, which serves as their designated Dean's office.
  • All graduates of international medical schools must hold a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be appointed as a resident or fellow.  For more information on certification, please contact the ECFMG:

                 E-mail: info@ecfmg.org

                 Mail:    ECFMG
                            3624 Market Street
                            Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 USA  

Applicants are discouraged from making solicitations to the Program via telephone call or through means other than ERAS.

Click here to review the Penn State Hershey Graduate Medical Education Eligibility and Selection of Residents Policy

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 and Fridays in October and November. The program will be pleased to host interviewees at a local hotel, arrange dinner with current residents the evening prior to the interview, and breakfast at the hotel on the morning of the interview.  During the interview day, applicants will tour Hershey Medical Center and our patient care locations, meet with residents and interview with the Program Director and other faculty members. 

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