How to apply

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center participates in the National Resident Matching Program. We welcome qualified graduates from M.D. and D.O. programs. Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). We cannot accept paper applications.

Required application materials are the same as those required by ERAS:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the department or medicine clerkship, and two from medical school faculty who've had an opportunity to work closely with you)
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript

Application Deadline

Application for internship will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from September 1, through December 1, 2016. (We cannot accept paper applications.) Early application is encouraged as interview spots are limited. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be graduates of: 

  • LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accredited medical school in the United States or Canada 
  • AOA (American Osteopathic Association) accredited osteopathic medical colleges 
  • International graduates (those from medical schools outside the United States and Canada) should meet one of the following requirements:
    • USMLE or COMLEX transcript;
    • Current valid ECFMG certificate prior to appointment.
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training

Applicants should be eligible to be licensed in the State of Oregon and have passed (on first attempt) USMLE/COMLEX on both Part I and Part II. In addition, applicants should have completed medical school within the past five years. (To apply for 2017-2018 academic year, you must have finished medical school no earlier than 2011.)

International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certification prior to appointment and US citizenship, or permanent resident status. In addition, applicants should have demonstrable inpatient experience and credible letters of recommendation from an ACGME accredited teaching hospital. Applicants must speak fluent English. Other language skills are an asset.


All applications are reviewed. Invitations for interviews are extended following review. Interviews are conducted from mid-November through mid-January on Wednesday for the Preliminary program, and Thursday and Friday for the Categorical program.  

We strongly feel personal contact is an important part of the interview process. All interviews are face-to-face discussion which allows for quality communication otherwise not possible by letter or phone. If you plan to travel to the Pacific Northwest, notify us of your itinerary and we can see if alternate dates can be accommodated. 

Interview day

During your visit with Providence St. Vincent, you will receive an overview of the people, activities, and program and have the opportunity to speak with both residents and faculty. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by the chief resident, meet with the program director, attend both morning report and noon conference, tour the facilities, and interview with two faculty members. Lunch is provided. In addition, weekly informal dinners are scheduled to give you another opportunity to interact with the residents.

Resident Contract

Attached is the most current, approved version of the resident contract subject to periodic revisions to reflect changes in salary compensation, hospital policies and procedures, accreditation or regulatory requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your application deadline?

We will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2016. All application materials should be submitted by December 1, 2016. However, early application is encouraged as interview slots are limited and fill quickly.

When are your interviews?

We will begin interviewing in late October 2016 and continue through mid-January 2017.

How many positions are available?

We have eight positions for the three-year (categorical) program; and three positions for the one-year (preliminary) program.

Are USMLE scores mandatory?

All U.S. medical school applicants must pass Step 1 and, before graduation, they must be scheduled to take Step 2.  Non-U.S. medical school applicants must pass Steps 1 and 2 in order to be ECFMG certified.

Do you have a minimum USMLE score?

USMLE or COMLEX scores are considered in the context of the complete application package. We have no minimum score requirement; however, we typically match applicants with a score of 200 or higher.

Do you accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores?


Is U.S. clinical experience required for international graduates?

U.S. clinical experience is not required, but it is highly encouraged. International graduates who don't have this experience should provide a letter of recommendation attesting to excellent clinical communication skills.

Which visas does Providence sponsor?

Providence does not sponsor visas of any type. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident.

Contact us

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