Frequenty Asked Questions
When is the deadline for my application?
The application deadline is November 1st the fall prior to the summer of desired matriculation. However, we begin scheduling interviews for qualified applicants prior to the deadline, and we will have more flexibility to accommodate your schedule if your application is complete sooner.
Do you have a board score requirement?
No. Each application is reviewed independently.
I haven’t heard about an interview, but I think I would be a great fit for your program. Should I contact you directly?
Our program coordinators will contact you if you have been selected for an interview. If you have concerns about your application, please contact one of our program coordinators and they will be happy to assist you.
I’m trying to coordinate my schedule. Which interview dates are still available?
We interview on Mondays and Thursdays, starting in early November and going through early February, with a two-week break around the winter holidays. We’ll let you know which dates have openings once you receive an invitation. Sorry, we’re unable to be more specific until you’ve received an invitation to visit us.
Do I need to apply separately for any PGY1 options offered through BIDMC-Harvard Psychiatry?
No, the intern year is included in matching into BIDMC-Harvard Psychiatry.
I have a strong interest in pursuing research during my clinical training. Do you offer a Research Track?
We offer a research concentration for a limited number of residents and all residents have protected scholarly project/research time during their second, third, and fourth years of the residency.
I’m an International Medical Graduate. Do you sponsor visas? Anything else I should know before I apply?
We do sponsor J1 and, on occasion, H1B visas. Direct clinical experience (not an observership) in the United States is required, as well as solid passing scores on exams. Contact the ECFMG to apply through ERAS.
How do I sign up for a visiting clerkships?
Please apply through the HMS Visiting Clerkship Program. For medical students who qualify for underrepresented minority status (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American), the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (DCP), provides support for clerkships as part the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. Please visit the HMS DCP website for more information.
Are there specific requirements regarding letters of recommendation?
At least three letters of recommendation from clinical experiences are required. At least one letter should be from a rotation that involved direct care of patients as part of a primary treatment team (internal medicine is preferred, but others including family medicine, surgery, or pediatrics are acceptable).
Do you require applicants to submit scores for USMLE Step 2?
We expect that all applicants will have received notice of a passing score on USMLE Step 2 and notified us about their passing score prior to the date of submission of the program's rank list.