Applicant Eligibility Policy

Statement of Purpose: To outline the Department of Education's policy governing the selection of qualified applicants to Riverside Methodist Hospital's accredited residency programs.

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Qualifications for Graduates of U.S. medical schools:

  1. The applicant must have graduated from a medical school whose programs are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  2. The applicant must provide a Dean's Letter, two or more strong letters of recommendation, medical school transcripts, and passing scores from Part I, USMLE or COMLEX (Applicants who pass on first attempt are given preference).
  3. Recent graduates and/or those individuals who have graduated within the past two academic years are given preference.
  4. The applicant must be willing to appear for a personal interview.

Applicants who are graduates of international medical schools:

  1. The applicant must meet criterions #2, #3, and #4 above. The quality and ranking of the candidate's international medical school or Fifth Pathway program is taken into consideration using the Gourman Report: a rating of graduate and professional programs in American and International universities as a guide.
  2. The applicant must provide a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio. The Medical Education Department prefers that the applicant provide proof of permanent resident status or J-1 Visa status if a non-U.S. citizen. Medical Education will support the applicant on their J-1 Visa if accepted into a Riverside Methodist Hospital residency program.
  3. A minimum of one year clinical service in a U.S. hospital is highly recommended.

As an equal opportunity employer, Riverside Methodist Hospital fully supports all state and federal regulations and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or veteran status (See OhioHealth Policy and Procedure HR1.00 Equal Employment Opportunity).


Riverside Methodist Hospital's accredited residency programs participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)and will only consider ERAS system provided applications. Riverside accepts sponsored applicants, independent applicants and couples into the Match.

  • Sponsored applicants: those enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) whose dean has determined that the applicant is eligible to participate in the Matching Program;
  • Independent applicants: applicants who are either a graduate or a student from an LCME accredited medical school; a graduate or student of a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical School, a graduate or student of an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited medical school, or a graduate or student of a Fifth Pathway program;
  • Couples: applicants registered as a couple seeking a position together

Applications are continually reviewed. Each resident selection committee, under the direction of the Program Director, reviews the candidates' credentials and decides whom they should interview. The selection of those to be interviewed is based upon the above criteria. If a question arises regarding the eligibility of an applicant, the final decisions will rest with the resident selection committee, the Program Director, and the Director of Medical Education and/or Designated Institutional Official.

Applicants applying for upper level positions must not have a current Match commitment for any level of training or any residency program, and will not be considered for an interview unless a waiver has been granted by the NRMP. Full disclosure of MATCH commitment is expected and required of all applicants.