Medical Education

Applicant FAQs

I am interested in applying to one of your programs. What do I need to do?

GCH accepts applications for OGME-1 (PGY1) positions through ERAS. This applies to those applicants who will be graduating next spring as well as those who are currently enrolled in a graduate medical education program. In addition, we are now accepting fellowship applications through ERAS for Cardiology.

GCH is not currently accepting applications for transfers into any of our residency programs as there are no anticipated openings at the OGME-2 level or higher. If openings do become available, they will be posted on this site and on the AOA Post Match webpage:

How can I set up a rotation at GCH?

We’d be happy to talk with you about setting up a rotation. Please keep in mind that during application season, rotations may already be filled. "Audition" rotations are especially encouraged for applicants in the surgical specialties.

To check on availability of rotations for osteopathic medical students and visiting interns/residents, please contact Susan Patterson, Student Coordinator at (734) 458-4486 or

A copy of the visiting resident application form is available on our website. All such rotations must be approved by your institution as well as GCH; please allow 8-12 weeks for processing.

What is the average (or minimum) COMLEX score for applicants?

At Garden City Hospital, we have not established minimum COMLEX scores and do not publish scores from past entering classes. Instead, we look at applicants as more than their test scores and try to find those individuals who fit well with our faculty, house staff and hospital culture. That said, we do expect applicants to have completed COMLEX requirements for graduation (see below).

Does GCH require completion of COMLEX 2?

Applicants for OGME-1 positions to most programs do not need to have COMLEX 2 scores available in ERAS in order to be considered for an interview. However, it is expectd that applicants will have successfully completed COMLEX 2 CE and PE prior to being considered for ranking. Candidates should not delay submission of their COMLEX 2 scores.

How many letters of recommendation should I provide to GCH?

We generally look for three to four letters of recommendation. Letters from GCH physicians are particularly beneficial, if available, but are not required.

What can I do to increase my chances of being selected by GCH?

The optimal thing is to spend time with GCH program directors, faculty and house staff on a rotation here. This lets you learn about us and lets us get to know you. If a rotation is not an option, shadowing opportunities may be available. Call the Medical Education office at (734) 458-4486.

Is GCH accepting applications for PGY2/OGME-2 training?

Not at this time. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a traditional rotating internship and are seeking to enter a residency program will need to apply through ERAS for an OGME-1 position in that specialty. Such individuals may be eligible to apply for advanced standing that would ultimately shorten the total duration of their residency program. Unanticipated openings for GME positions will be posted on the AOA Post Match website (see above).

Does GCH accept MD’s or international medical graduates?

No. Our programs are accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. As such we can only accept Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.’s) who have graduated from a U.S. College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are unable to provide undergraduate or graduate medical education programs to MD’s or international medical graduates.