Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

Residency Program Application Procedures


All application materials must be received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The following are guidelines used by the Internal Medicine Residency to identify applicants to be interviewed and possibly considered for final rank list or appointment (no paper application materials, including C.V.s, will be accepted):

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores (Parts I and II, if available)
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (Curriculum Vitae by ERAS is acceptable)

We conduct Interviews from November through January. Unfortunately, interviews will not be scheduled between the week of Christmas and New Year's.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do you begin reviewing applications?

We begin reviewing applications through ERAS in October.

  • What are the key items your program looks for in an application?

We look at board scores, clinical experience, Dean’s letter and other letters of reference, medical school transcript, and commitment to working with underserved inner city populations.

  • What is the difference between the categorical, primary and preliminary care residency tracks?

The preliminary track is one year of training for applicants matching in a specialty that requires a previous internship, such as ophthalmology, dermatology or neurology. The categorical track is a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine that trains people for hospitalist or fellowship positions. The primary care track is a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine that trains people for ambulatory care positions.

  • Can I apply for both categorical and primary care?

Yes. If you want to be considered for both programs you need to select both on ERAS. If you wish to rank both programs you will need to list each on your rank list

  • What are the USMLE requirements?

We look at all scores, but prefer USMLE scores greater than 220.

  • What are your program’s requirements regarding letters of recommendation?

Applicants must provide a Dean’s letter, plus 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 strong letters of recommendation from Internal Medicine faculty with whom the applicant has worked in a clinical setting).

  • For D.O. applicants, do you require both USMLE and COMLEX scores?

Both are not required. We accept USMLE and/or COMLEX score transcripts.

  • Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

Yes, we do accept IMGs and US-IMGs.

  • As an IMG, do I need to have US clinical experience to be considered for a postion in your program?

US experience is not required, although it is desirable.

  • Do you require a candidate to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?

We do not require an applicant to be ECFMG certified at the time of the application or interview. However, the NRMP will not allow an applicant to be ranked without an ECFMG Certificate.

  • Do you sponsor visas?

We are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

  • Does the graduation date from medical school affect consideration for your program?

While we welcome all applicants, those who graduated more recently are more competitive given the rapid changes in medical technology.