Application Requirements

We welcome your interest in our program. We are unable to provide observership or externship positions. We will begin accepting applications through Electronic Resident Application Services (ERAS) only, beginning September 1 and ending November 30 for the upcoming Match season. 

We accept applications from all interested applicants. We only sponsor J-1 visas for international medical graduates. It is a requirement for all medical students to have successfully passed both the USMLE or COMLEX steps I and II prior to being selected for interview. Expected scores for the USMLE are 230/230 and for COMLEX 475.

You will not need to have ECFMG certification when applying, but will need it to be certified prior to beginning of residency. We only interview candidates who have graduated from medical school within the last five years.

Interviews are by invitation only and applicants are notified of available interview dates through ERAS.

Resident Eligibility and Selection

In accordance with with ACGME Essentials, residency applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs at Mercy Health Youngstown.

  • Graduates of Medical Schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of Dental Schools in the United States accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA) or the ADA. 

All applicants must appear for personal interviews to be eligible for final selection in the residency program.

The selection process considers the applicant's preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, medical knowledge, personal and communication skills and qualities such as motivation and integrity.

Resident 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 Medical Education's Non-Discrimination Policy.

An applicant invited to interview for a resident/fellow position must be informed, in writing or by electronic means, of the terms, conditions and benefits of appointment to the ACGME-accredited program, either in effect at the time of the interview or that will be in effect at the time of his or her eventual appointment.

Information that is provided must include: financial support, vacations, parental, sick and other leaves of absence, and professional liability, hospitalization, health, disability and other insurance accessible to residents/fellows and their eligible dependents.

Selection is made through 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.

International Medical Graduates

Mercy Health Youngstown requires all foreign medical school graduates to hold a J1 Visa status unless they have been granted permanent residence or a U.S. citizenship. 

Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States and Canada must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a valid certificate from the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Hold a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME or AOA specialty/subspecialty program
  • Graduation from a medical school outside of the U.S. and completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school

Additionally, for international medical school graduates, we prefer, but do not require previous U.S. experience.