Application Process

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). Paper and email applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Application deadline is December 1st - Early application is encouraged as interview spots are limited and fill quickly!

We require the following:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • Medical school transcript 
  • Personal statement 
  • Dean's letter (MPSE)
  • Three letters of recommendation - one from the department of internal medicine or a department representative from your third year clerkship. 
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript for Step 1 (with Step II and CS available before ranking deadline)*

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be graduates of:  

  • U.S. or Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).   
  • Osteopathic medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  
  • Applicants should be eligible to be licensed in the State of Oregon

*Applicants with USMLE of 220 or higher or COMLEX of 520 or higher on first attempt are preferred.

International Graduates

  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training
  • International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certification prior to appointment.
  • Demonstrable inpatient experience and credible letters of recommendation from an ACGME accredited teaching hospital. Observerships and research do not meet this requirement.
  • Applicants must speak and write fluent English. Other language skills are an asset.
  • Graduation from medical school within the past 5 years.
  • Providence considers J1 Visa or permanent residency only.


  • Interviews begin early November and extend through mid-January.
  • Invitations are extended after thorough review of each application.
  • Interviews are scheduled on Wednesdays for the Preliminary program, and Thursdays and Fridays for the Categorical program.
  • We use a 3rd party software (Interview Broker) to manage our interview scheduling.

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

  • 7:15AM – 7:30AM: Meet in Hospital Lobby for coffee
  • 7:30AM – 8:00AM:  Welcome and Program Overview
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM:  Morning Report
  • 9:00AM – 10:15AM:  Interviews (2-30 minute interviews)
  • 10:15AM – 11:15AM: Information Session & Hospital Tour with Chief Resident
  • 11:15 – 12:00PM: Q&A session with Program Directors
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch (provided) & Noon Conference with Residents
  • 1:00P – 1:30PM:  Wrap Up/QA 

Evening Meet & Greet: We offer a meet and greet dinner with the residents every Thursday during the weeks interviews are conducted.

Resident Contract

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

Guidelines for Interviews

Our program affords all applicants a courteous, professional experience.

At no point should a program representative ask:

  • Demographic questions (relations/marital status, family planning, religion, etc.)
  • About applicants’ other programs (programs to which the applicant has applied, has ranked, applicants’ geographic area of interest)
  • How an applicant plans to rank our program

We discourage applicants from post-interview communication for the purpose of trying to prove your interest. Post interview communication has no role in how applicants are ranked and is not necessary for us to take your application seriously.

We do encourage applicants to reach out if they have additional questions about the program as choosing a residency is an important decision.

The Program may send post-interview communication to re-emphasize aspects of our program that might make us a good fit for an applicant. We do not write anything disingenuous, refer to an applicant’s rank position, or ask for commitment.

Second look visits are available on a limited basis for applicants who desire them. These are solely for the purpose of an applicant gathering more information and do not affect ranking.


After matching, applicants must:

  • Undergo a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screening
  • Submit to a health screening and providence necessary immunization documentation
  • Submit proof of successful medical school graduation
  • Meet requirements to obtain a State of Oregon training license
  • Provide updated USMLE/COMLEX results
  • Sign Graduate Medical Education Training Agreement
  • Attend orientation