Application Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in our Internal Medicine Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University Program.

As the ERAS application process is expensive, below are guidelines for application:

  1. Applications should be received through ERAS by November 15th, although by then, most interview slots may be filled. Applications received after that time, applications may or may not be reviewed.
  2. While we do not have USMLE score requirements, it is strongly preferred that all exams are completed on the first attempt. Our current intern class average USMLE scores is Step 1-236 and Step 2-245.
  3. Osteopathic applicants (DO) are welcome to apply with COMLEX exams. Please be aware that many fellowship following residency prefer the USMLE exams. It is strongly preferred that all exams are completed on the first attempt. Our current intern class average COMLEX scores is Step 1-649 and Step 2-647.
  4. We would be happy to sponsor a J1 visa for those applicants needing visa sponsorship. Sorry, we are unable to sponsor an H1b visa. Should you have an advanced degree from a US medical school M.D./D.O. or US graduate school (M.P.H.), you will be able to start residency on an OPT visa through your school. Following that, you will then revert to a J1 visa.
  5. Medical school graduation should be no more than 3 years ago.
  6. Interviews are offered in mid-October and will take place late October through mid-January. All interviews will be held virtually
  7. You must have passed USMLE/COMLEX Step 1, Step 2 CS and CK to start residency.
  8. We are unable to provide rotations for current medical students from outside of the USA. The current information is on the Henry Ford Hospital undergraduate medical education programs available here.
  9. All our positions will be offered through the NRMP match. You should be ECFMG certified by the time the match list is submitted.
  10. You must be ready to start hospital orientation for residency by approximately June 20, 2021. Failure to not appear for residency orientation is considered a NRMP Match violation and could have serious consequences.

Hospital policies:

  • No Smoking: HFHS will no longer enroll/hire residents and fellows who use products containing nicotine. The nicotine test will be administered as part of the pre-employment health screen. Testing positive is a failure to meet the conditions of employment and considered a violation of the HFHS employment contract and match agreement. Applicants who test positive for nicotine will not be allowed to start their program. They may be re-tested in 90 days, but programs will not be obligated to hold the position for the applicant.
  • Flu Shots: Henry Ford employees who work in clinical and non-clinical positions are required to receive an annual flu vaccination. This applies to all residents and fellows, as well as physicians, nurses, students, transporters, volunteers, housekeepers, clerical, lab and dietary staff and employees in non-clinical positions. Employees may only decline vaccination if they provide documentation of an acceptable medical or religious reason.
Updated: July 2020
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