FAQ

What is required for the application to Duke?
We only accept applications through ERAS. We require several pieces to complete your application:

  • ERAS application
  • Your USMLE-1 score *
  • Your medical school transcript
  • Your Personal statement
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter)
  • Three or four letters of recommendation

* If accepted to the program, you will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE step 2 before starting the program. Consequently, both parts of USMLE step 2 would need to be completed sufficiently in advance to permit reporting of scores before orientation begins in late June. Reporting of USMLE scores can take up to approximately 8 weeks. Consult the USMLE policy for full details.

Does your program participate in ERAS and NRMP for the match?
We only accept applications through ERAS. We also accept NRMP Couple's Match. We do not offer spots outside of the match.

Does your program accept foreign medical graduates?
Yes, but we only sponsor J-1 Visas. If accepted to our program, you must have a valid ECFMG certificate to begin.

What are the minimum USMLE scores necessary for application?
We do not distribute information pertaining to actual score requirements for entry to the program or the algorithm by which we determine selection. We do not publish minimum scores for USMLE as we assess the overall strength of the application as well as the competitiveness of the applicants to the program in the given year.

Is U.S. clinical experience required?
U.S. clinical experience is not a requirement and we do not establish a cutoff year limit after graduation. However, we assess the overall strength of the application as well as the competitiveness of the applicants to the program in the given year; thus, U.S. clinical experience, and application soon after graduation are both strongly encouraged. 

Do you have preliminary intern positions?
Yes. For more information, see the Preliminary Program page.

Does your program offer the ABIM Research Pathway?
Yes. We encourage applicants to consider the option if they are interested in a career as a physician scientist. Potential applicants may interview on one of our three pathway-specific interview days, but will take part in our categorical program match as we do not have a separate NRMP number for the pathway. Learn more about the ABIM Research Pathway and our Scholarly Activities.

What is the deadline for the application to your program?
Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted mid-September until November 4, 2018.

How much are residents paid?
Pay and benefits (which include health insurance) are very competitive. The Duke GME website has detailed information about annual stipends and benefits, as well as information on various policies, benefits and services available and applicable to residents. The Duke GME website also summarizes the requirements and standards for all GME trainees.

For more detailed and up-to-date descriptions, please visit the Office of Graduate Medical Education or email dukegme@mc.duke.edu.

What is the length of the residency program?
The length of the Internal Medicine Residency Program is typically three years. Residents in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program and the Global Health Pathway take four years to complete their residencies, while the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Program lasts five years.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions regarding applying for the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program?
The Duke Internal Medicine Residency program staff at dukeimrecruitment@duke.edu.

Who should I contact if I have questions about applying to the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program?
Jane Trinh, Associate Program Director, at jane.trinh@duke.edu, or Ashley Bowes, Program Coordinator, at ashley.bowes@duke.edu or 919-681-3009. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about applying to the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Program?
Sarah Rivelli, Program Director, at Sarah.Rivelli@duke.edu or 919-668-0207 or Lynsey Michnowicz, Program Coordinator, at lynsey.michnowicz@duke.edu or 919-681-4510.