Applying and Interviewing
We accept applications beginning September 15. We accept applications ONLY from participants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) which is available through your Dean's Office.
Invitations for personal interviews are granted after a review of your application materials from ERAS. We require a complete ERAS application, three letters of recommendation (including your Dean's letter), a personal statement and your medical school and USMLE transcripts. An additional curriculum vitae is not required.
Our interview dates are held in November, December and January.
The day will include a tour of the hospital and observing the resident Morning Report conference. You will spend time with the Chairman and the Program Director. Your interviews will be with three different faculty members, including the Program Director who meets all applicants. Lunch will be provided with our residents. There is an optional dinner with the housestaff the night before the interview which we highly encourage you to attend if at all possible.
Our rank order list in the NRMP is based on a combination of academic scores and grades, your letters and personal statement and your interview. We do not require nor do we encourage the expense of second visits, but are happy to arrange them if you would like to see the daily mechanics of our program in more detail!
Do you require a letter from the Chair of Internal Medicine?
No, but if you have worked closely with your Chair in a clinical or research setting, it would be appropriate to include a letter from him/her.
Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from internists?
No. We encourage you to ask for letters from faculty with whom you have worked closely and who will best be able to assess your clinical and/or research abilities. However, it is recommended that at least one of your letters come from an internist.
Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation you will accept?
ERAS allows as many letters of recommendation as you feel are necessary. However, no more than four letters may be sent to any individual program.
How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?
Applicants will be notified by email when they have been offered an interview. The process of scheduling an interview will be detailed in the email you receive. We recommend scheduling an interview as soon as possible as dates fill up quickly.
How are interview dates assigned?
Interviews are held in November, December and January. Dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule, but we cannot guarantee availability of the dates you request, as each day has a limited number of spots available.
What is the approximate schedule for the interview day?
The interview day begins at approximately 7:15 a.m. and typically concludes shortly after lunch with the residents at about 2:15 p.m.
Do you provide overnight housing for interviews?
We provide hotel accommodations for applicants the night before the interview.
Is there a dinner the night before my interview?
Yes. You will be invited to an informal dinner with several residents the night prior to your interview. This is a casual gathering for applicants and their significant others. You will be notified by email prior to your interview regarding timing, location and directions.
Do I need to do a "Second Look" Interview to be favorably considered?
Absolutely not. "Second Look" visits are not at all required. We feel that they are a good option for those who would like to see the program and/or certain aspects of it on a one-on-one basis. We are happy to arrange them on request, but they are not in any way a prerequisite!
Do you currently have any residents who are International Medical Graduates, and do you accept applications from International Medical Graduates?
We do not currently have any residents in the program that are International Medical Graduates. We will review applications from International Graduates who meet all of the following four criteria: [no exceptions here]
- Must have graduated from medical school within the last two years.
- Must have passed both USMLE exams on the first attempt.
- Must be ECFMG certified at the time of application submission.
- Carolinas HealthCare System can only sponsor J1 or H1B visas, and all petition fees must be paid for by the applicant.
Do you accept International Medical Graduates for observerships or rotations in your department?
No. [No exceptions here]
I am a student from an osteopathic (D.O.) medical school. Do I need to take the USMLE or is the COMLEX alone acceptable?
We will accept applications from students who have only taken COMLEX exams, but do find it additionally helpful if you have taken at least one of the USMLE exams.
For more information, please contact:
J. Matthew Blackwell, MD, Program Director
Jennifer Weegar, Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 32861
Department of Internal Medicine
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861