Applicants

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Eligibility and Benefits

It is the policy of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and its sponsored residency programs to adhere to the guidelines published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation and integrity.  Residents will be selected for the various programs based upon their previous records and accomplishments.  Applicants are selected for interviews by the Program Director or Department Chair based on the eligibility criteria.

Salary and benefits are competitive.  Dental, Vision, and Health insurance, including hospitalization, is offered at a minimal charge for individual and/or dependent coverage.  Other benefits include professional liability insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, uniforms, laundering of uniforms, on-call rooms, and a meal allowance for use within the hospital.  The University Fitness Center facilities may be used by residents for a nominal fee.  Residents are required to possess a Pennsylvania medical training license before beginning training.  Information about licensure is forwarded to all new appointees.  Licenses are issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine for one year and are renewed annually by the institution.  All programs are approved by the Veterans' Administration for educational benefits.  Sample Resident Agreement.

Application Process

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and all applicants for first-year positions must register with this program.  Most programs require a completed NRMP application form, Medical Student Performance Evaluation (formerly Dean's letter) and transcript. and reference letters for application.  Most residency (and some fellowship) programs participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service administered by the Associate of American Medical Colleges).

Requests for applications and information about all programs should be addressed to the Program Director to which application is desired.  Information on Penn State Hershey training programs can be found at these links:

Applicants who are not United States Citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa that permits direct patient care.  Employment is contingent upon evidence of the appropriate visa and permission to work in the United States to a Medical Center official.  Penn State Hershey accepts the J-1 Training Visa for non-US citizens who are entering an ACGME training program.

Foreign Medical Graduates

All graduates of international medical schools must hold a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be appointed as a resident or fellow.  For more information on certification please contact:  

By e-mail: info@ecfmg.org

By mail:
ECFMG
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 USA  

ERAS is available to students and graduates of international medical schools through ECFMG which serves as their designated Dean's office.   

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