Family Medicine Residency Applicants

The Family Medicine Residency program accepts all residents through the NRMP and the AOA resident match process. Applicant materials are accepted for both matches through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), available at all U.S. medical schools, and the office of the ECFMG. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis as they become available on the ERAS system.

Successful applicants should have strong scores on Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE. Applicants are not screened by cutoff scores alone. Personal statements, life experiences and good interview skills are key determinants for selection.

For international medical graduates, most successful applicants should have at least one year of clinical experience in the American health care system to be competitive. Most of the successful international medical graduates graduated from medical schools within the past five years.

Applicants should send the ERAS packet to be considered for a Family Medicine Residency or Transitional Year interview. The residency coordinator, M.A. Dowdell (, will contact applicants.

The interview season usually begins in October and runs into February. Due to difficulties medical students often have in coordinating interviews with their training schedules, the department arranges for and provides one night’s lodging before interview day. Interviews are conducted daily during the recruiting season.

A typical interview experience includes:

  • A morning tour of the hospital with a resident
  • Interviews during the day with faculty members and the program director
  • Lunch with a resident

Spouses or significant others are welcome to join applicants for the interview day. There are many resources available to showcase Columbus housing, job opportunities, schools and shopping.

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