The general information for the Recruitment and Selection Process and residency
program requirements are available by request at any time. Application
forms for the sponsored residency positions are available through the
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only and applications
for a residency position are initiated and received through ERAS.
Active recruitment occurs annually October 15 through January 31. During
this period applications are evaluated for eligibility to participate
in the interview process. Eligibility for an applicant’s participation
and invitation to be interviewed is determined by the program director
and by the applicant’s degree of compliance with the Selection Criteria
(see below) with interviews conducted by key members of the respective
SCHEDULING AND SELECTION OF APPLICANTS
The Residency Selection Committee (RSC) will review each applicant’s
credentials and qualifications with adherence to the Selection Criteria
and determine who will be interviewed. It is the RSC responsibility to
determine a list of eligible candidates for their respective residency
programs in ‘rank order’ of preference with the scheduling
of the applicant interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Once interviewed,
the eligible candidates are submitted to the National Residency Match
Program (NRMP) via the Rank Order List.
The residency programs will select trainees among eligible applicants based
on the training program-related criteria, and will not discriminate regarding
sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, color, national origin,
disability, veteran status, or another applicable legally protected status.
To determine which candidates making application meet the necessary qualifications,
the selection of process for each program is coordinated via the Electronic
Resident Application System (ERAS). This application must include the
- Satisfactory Academic Credentials and an interest in Garden City Hospital
- Graduation from an AOA or LCME accredited medical school and for international
graduates, the applicant must comply with ACGME and ECFMG requirements
for entry into graduate medical education in the United States.
- For graduates from International Medical Schools, we are not accepting
applicants with Visa’s. All candidates must be a US Citizen or possess
a Green Card.
- Graduation within the past five (5) years preferred with an acceptable
explanation of any break in their education
- Medical School Grades and Evaluation Results
- Personal Statement
- Reference Letters from the Dean and other Medical School Faculty
- Three (3) reference Letters from Faculty during rotations and other pertinent
Research and Teaching Experiences and Community Service Experiences
Professionalism and Personal Characteristics (including but not limited to)
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Ability to listen and communicate clearly and accurately
- Professional Attitudes and Humanistic Qualities
- Reliability, integrity, mutual respect for others, commitment to ethical conduct
- Compassion, sensitivity, and respect for the dignity of others, importance
of patient confidentiality
Satisfactory Performance on Examinations:
USMLE EXAMS – Steps 1 and 2 with a preferred score of
220 or higher preferred
COMLEX EXAMS – Parts 1 and 2 with a preferred score of
450 or higher preferred
CE and PE are desirable for interview selection and are expected prior
to submission of rankings through the AOA Intern and Resident Match through
the National Matching Service. GCH has not established minimum COMLEX
or USMLE scores and does not publish scores from past entering classes.
Instead, GCH looks at applicants as more than their test scores and will
attempt to find those individuals who fit well with the respective residency
program faculty, house staff, and hospital culture.
The final decision on acceptance of an appropriate candidate is to be made
by the Program Director.
I am interested in applying to one of your programs. What do I need to do?
GCH accepts applications for 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
GCH is not currently accepting applications for transfers into any of
our residency programs as there are no anticipated openings at the PGY-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 residents, please contact Susan Patterson, Student Coordinator
at (734) 458-7238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All rotations must be approved by your institution and Garden City Hospital.
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 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 PGY-1 positions to most programs do not need to have COMLEX
2 scores available in ERAS to be considered for an interview. However,
it is expected 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 require 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. However, visiting residents and shadowing opportunities
are limited in number. Please contact Susan Patterson, Student Coordinator
at (734) 458-7238 or email@example.com.
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 PGY-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?
Only our Internal Medicine Residency Program accepts applications for graduates
or soon to be graduates from accredited
osteopathic medical schools and
allopathic U.S. or international medical schools. Our
other residency programs are accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and as such we
only accept Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.'s) who have graduated
from a U.S. College of Osteopathic Medicine.