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Eligibility criteria for applicants of a GME residency or fellowship training program are:

  • Graduate from one of the following:
    • United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • United States college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • medical school outside the United States or Canada with:
      • a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and have a passing score for Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE,
      • be a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or hold a visa which provides eligibility to work in the U.S. Typical visas are J-1 (requires Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE and ECFMG certification) and H1-B (requires departmental approval, Steps 1, 2 and 3 of USMLE, and a permanent Iowa medical license)
  • Meet Iowa Board of Medicine licensure requirements
  • All applicants must also meet program eligibility requirements as defined by the ACGME’s respective RRC (for accredited programs) or the department (for non-accredited programs).

Eligible applicants should apply directly to the residency or fellowship training program. Deadlines and application criteria vary; review those requirements at the individual program websites. Each program has specific guidelines for conducting interviews, what to expect during the interview, and American Board of Medical Specialties certification requirements.

Just be yourself

The secret to a successful residency interview is to be yourself. Mark Wilson, MD, MPH, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, offers a couple of easy steps to follow for making your interview at Iowa a success.