Residency Application and Matching

Beginning September 2017, John Muir Health will accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. Upon completion of your ERAS application, you need to also register for the match program through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) and select the program(s) you would like to match. We will match our second class of eight residents in March 2018 to begin in June 2018.

Application and Interview Criteria

To be considered for application and interview for JMH FM Residency, the following will be required:

  • Official documentation that certifies satisfactory completion of requirements for graduation from a medical school approved by The Medical Board of California
  • Graduation must be within the last 2 years.
  • California Letter of Acceptance (PTAL) for International Medical Graduates only
    • Certificate must be in-hand by the time of application submission
  • Valid and current ECFMG certification and ability to start residency July 1st 2018
    • Passing score on the ECFMG English Language Proficiency.
    • ECFMG certificate must be in-hand at the time of application submission.
    • In conversation the applicant must demonstrate a clear command of spoken English, both in clarity of enunciation and pronunciation and in conversational understanding.
  • US Citizen or a Permanent Resident. We cannot sponsor J or H visas
  • Passing scores on USMLE Step 1 and 2:
    • Step 1: Minimum passing score, with one failure accepted
    • Step 2: Minimum passing score, with one failure accepted
    • Step 2 score is required to be ranked
    • No failure on the Step 2 CS accepted
  • -Or- passing scores on COMLEX 1 and 2:
    • COMLEX 1: Minimum passing score, with one failure accepted
    • COMLEX 2: Minimum passing score, with one failure accepted
    • COMLEX 2 score is required to be ranked
    • No failure on the COMLEX 2 PE accepted

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required, with one being from a primary care physician and must reflect U.S. primary care clinical experience with a minimum of one month direct patient care. Our staff will not read more than three letters of recommendation.

  • Research experience will not be counted as clinical experience
  • Application Deadline is November 17, 2017

In addition, the applicant must meet all other eligibility criteria established by the John Muir Health System.

"I was impressed with the quality of patient care, quality of the education and the accommodating staff that helped make this experience excellent."

K.K. - UCSF 3rd year medical student

Post Graduate Year 1 applicants must submit:
  • ERAS application
  • Personal statement/biography
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean’s letter
  • Letters of reference from three faculty members (clinical years)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) scores
  • COMLEX scores
Residency Interview Day

If you have a spouse or significant other, he or she is welcome to join you on your tour and for lunch with us. If traveling from out of the area, we’re happy to provide suggestions on where to stay and what to do while you are in the area.  

We anticipate that interview dates will fill quickly. If your plans change and you will be unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible so that we may open the date for another candidate.

Typical Resident Interview Schedule

Night Before
The night before the scheduled interview, candidates will be invited to join our residents for a dinner in Walnut Creek. This informal time will allow candidates to get to know the residents and ask questions about the program and living in the Bay Area.

Day of Interview
The day starts with an optional tour of the John Muir Health Concord Campus hospital, where residents attend most inpatient rotations. The official interview day starts with a Program Overview at our Family Medicine Residency Practice. Candidates will then participate in interviews with our faculty, staff, and residents. From there, candidates will move to an informal lunch with faculty and staff. After lunch, candidates will participate in a group activity, and then tour the Residency Practice. The day will end with a Question and Answer session with the program leadership, faculty, and staff.

9:00 - 10:30AM
Optional Tour of John Muir Health Concord Campus
10:30 - 11:00AM
Program Overview
11:00 - 11:55AM
12:00 - 1:00PM
1:00 - 2:00PM
Clinic Tour & Group Interview
2:00 - 2:30PM
Q & A Session (Both Groups)
End of Interview Day
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