Frequently Asked Questions - Internal Medicine Residency


Does your program offer positions outside the Match?

No. Positions are only offered through the National Resident Matching Program.

Does your program consider International Medical Graduates? Does it matter if they are already a U.S. Citizen?

Mercy’s residency consists of a mixture of graduates from U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, U.S. citizens who have elected to pursue medical education at international medical schools, and foreign nationals who wish to purse advanced residency training in the U.S.

Should one of the three required letters of recommendation be submitted by the Chairman of Medicine?

A Chairman’s letter is not required. We prefer that your recommendations be submitted by faculty members of your school who are well acquainted with you and your medical education experiences, and who can provide knowledgeable references for you. If you are an international medical graduate, it is preferred that one letter of recommendation be from a faculty member of an American Teaching Facility.

Does your program impose a limit on the graduate year of applicants?

It is strongly preferred that applicants have graduated from medical school within the past five years. Applicants who have had ongoing post-graduate clinical experience will be considered. We review the whole application to find strong candidates.

Does your program require U.S. clinical experience?

U.S. clinical experience is required. We prefer a minimum of 2 months of U.S. clinical experience. Ideally, some of this experience should be as an externship or clerkship at a teaching hospital.

Does your program interview residents with a failure on a USMLE step exam? Do you have a cut-off score?

At Mercy, we evaluate each applicant as an individual. Applicants with a single failure of a step exam but an otherwise exemplary application are encouraged to apply. Although most applicants have USMLE scores > 210 or COMLEX > 400, applicants with lower scores but an outstanding qualifications in other areas are encouraged to apply.

Must I wait until all documents are available before submitting my application to your program through ERAS?

Applications often arrive from ERAS incomplete, but the Committee waits until applications are complete before reviewing them.

How long should I expect to wait to hear back after submitting my applications?

Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, we review each of the 4,000–5,000 applications received annually on an individual basis. As one can imagine this takes time. DO NOT EXPECT an immediate response after submitting you application. It may not be reviewed until a later date, or it may be reviewed and held for a second consideration should we have additional interview dates become available due to cancellations by scheduled applicants.

I didn’t hear anything from you. Can I call or email to check on my applications status?

We review all applications sent through ERAS. Applicants invited to interview will receive an email through ERAS. Unfortunately, due to the numbers of applications sent we are not able to send updates for all applicants, nor are we able to verify status of individual applications via email, telephone, or in person.

What type of visa do you sponsor?

We sponsor J-1 visas and accept EADs with proper verification.

How can I find out more about the J-1 visa waiver process?

To learn about the J-1 waiver process and the areas of eligibility for each state please visit and

Curriculum and Instruction

Are residents permitted to complete an outside elective?

Yes, PGY 2 or 3 categorical residents are permitted to complete one outside elective.

What do you residents do after graduation?

About 1/3 of our residents pursue fellowships, most ranking in one of their top choices of programs. The remainder enter into independent practice as either a hospitalist or general internist.

Clerkships and Observerships

Does MCMC offer observerships?

Unfortunately at this time MCMC does not offer observerships.

Does MCMC offer clinical clerkships or electives?

MCMC is a proud affiliate of both Drexel University College of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We offer clerkships and electives in a number of areas. Please visit our page for Medical Students for more details.