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
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: http://cf.osteopathic.org/aoapostmatch/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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and do not publish scores from past entering classes.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
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
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.