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).

Required application materials are the same as those accepted 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) are accepted through December 1st. Early application is encouraged as interview spots are limited and fill quickly. Paper applications will not be accepted.

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;
    • 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 2018-2019 academic year, you must have finished medical school no earlier than 2012.)

International Graduates

  • International medical school graduates must submit the above required ERAS application materials.
  • International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG certification prior to appointment.
  • Applicants should have 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.
  • Applicant must be a permanent resident status.


  • Interviews begin early November and extend through mid-January.
  • Invitations are extended after thorough review of each application, and are sent via ERAS.
  • Interviews are scheduled on Wednesdays for the Preliminary program, and Thursdays and Fridays for the Categorical program.  
  • Interviews are not scheduled during the Thanksgiving holiday or Holiday weeks.

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

  • Greeted by the Chief Resident
  • Overview of the program with Program Directors
  • Attend Morning Report
  • Interview with two Medical Education faculty members
  • Tour of the hospital with the Chief Resident
  • Q&A session with Program Directors
  • Noon Conference and Lunch with the residents
  • Wrap Up with Chief Resident
  • Informal dinner held weekly with the residents (Thursdays)

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.


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