How to Apply – Internal Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Application Deadline

We will begin accepting applications through Electronic Resident Application Services (ERAS) only, beginning Sept. 1 and ending Dec. 31 for the upcoming match season. We are unable to offer observership or externship positions.


We only accept applications through ERAS. Interviews are by invitation only and applicants are notified of available interview dates through ERAS. All interviews will be virtual.

Match Program Participation 

NRMP number: 1584140C0 Our program participates in the NRMP matching program.

Application Requirements

We accept applications from all interested applicants. Some requirements to note:

  • We accept J-1 visas and sponsor H-1B visas on a limited basis for international medical graduates 
  • All medical students to have successfully passed both the USMLE/COMLEX steps I and II (and step III for H-1B Visa candidates) before beginning residency. Candidates who have failed one of the USMLE/COMLEX Step exams are usually not chosen for an interview. 
  • You will not need to have ECFMG certification when applying but will need it to be certified prior to rank order list submission. 
  • We prefer to interview candidates who have graduated from medical school within the last five years. Exceptions may occasionally be granted for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to further education by achieving a masters or doctoral degree. 
  • Successful applicants to our program have good interpersonal skills, an outstanding command of English, a strong font of medical knowledge demonstrated by solid USMLE/COMLEX scores and an excellent performance in medical school. 
  • For international medical school graduates, we prefer, but do not require previous US experience. International graduates are encouraged to apply.

Candidate Eligibility

In accordance with ACGME essentials, residency applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOACOCA).

Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment
  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in Ohio

St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital requires all international medical school graduates to hold a valid J1 or H-1B Visa unless they have been granted permanent residence or are already a U.S. citizen.

Resident Selection

The selection process for all residencies includes an emphasis on consideration of the applicant’s preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

  • Residency programs do not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability, or veteran status in accordance with the Department of Education’s Non-Discrimination Policy.
  • The actual selection of candidates to be interviewed and ranked is the responsibility of each residency program. The selection process is as follows:
    • The residency program director in collaboration with the Residency Program's Education Committee determines whether an applicant’s academic records and supporting materials reflect adequate qualifications for residency training.
    • If this is the case, an interview with the applicant is requested by the Residency Program Director or Associate Program Director through the Program Coordinator.
    • All applicants must appear for personal interviews to be eligible for final selection in the Residency Programs. All interviews remain virtual for this academic year.
    • After the program director, attending faculty, and residents review the qualified applicants’ files, each Department’s Selection Committee, including resident input, meets to rank applicants in order of preference for residency position.
    • These confidential rank order lists are submitted to the Department of Medical Education for final verification and processing by the Assistant to the Director of Medical Education. Selection is made through i.e. the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), using a standardized ERAS residency application with review of a personal statement, reference letters, a Dean’s Letter, and depending on the aforementioned qualifications, a personal interview with the residency program director and other members of the residency attending faculty and residents.