Application Requirements

General Applicant Requirements:

  • Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, as many questions pertaining to the application & recruitment process as well as program highlights are addressed there
  • Must apply through ERAS before December 15th, although exceptions are occasionally allowed
  • All documents have to be submitted via the ERAS portal
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) also known as the Dean’s letter, only available after October 1st
  • Medical school transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (minimum)
  • All USMLE and/or COMLEX scores and transcripts uploaded in ERAS
    • Osteopathic medical students have to submit COMLEX scores as well as any USMLE scores that are resulted
    • Make sure to promptly update your ERAS application as soon as any new exam results become available throughout the application process/interview season
  • Valid employment authorization in the U.S. (U.S. citizen or permanent resident or J-1 visa)
  • The expectation for rank eligible candidates for the incoming PGY-1 resident class is that they meet both our contracting and pre-hire on boarding requirements with Legal and Human Resources by late May/early June with a projected residency orientation start date for mid-June
  • The Medical Board of California forbids any physician or medical student to participate in any non-recognized clerkship rotation and does not permit externships, observerships, shadowing, or other similar visits or contact with training programs. St. Mary does not have research or scholastic opportunities for non-residents or prospective applicants. ERAS and the NRMP have strict “level the playing field” guidelines concerning limited and focused contact between resident applicants, programs, and even involving community physicians. We understand and support these arm’s length recommendations. Consequently, we intentionally cannot follow up on every applicant outreach communication or outside referral to our program

Additional Requirements for International Medical Students or Physicians

Our program accepts applications from qualified International Medical Graduates (IMGs).   We will review the application once minimum application requirements have been met.

  • Medical school has to be on the California Medical Board’s (MBC) approved list
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) status report
  • California Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) must be uploaded in ERAS for IMG graduates in order to be considered for ranking. Our expectation is that all IMGs wanting to train in a California residency program have been proactive in applying for their PTAL as well as expeditiously following up with their MBC analyst’s documentation requirements
  • At a minimum, a PTAL application receipt from the MBC is required for the current IMG medical students by the start of the ERAS season
  • An approved, current PTAL letter is required for all matched IMGs before our Legal and Human Resources will approve their application for employment at St. Mary Medical Center. Any delays could result in a mandatory reporting update to the NRMP

Contact the Internal Medicine Residency Program

If you have additional questions or would like have more information about our Internal Medicine Residency program, please contact

Mr. Kel Miller, MBA, Manager of Academic Affairs
Ms. Celina Diaz, MPA, Residency Program Coordinator

St. Mary Medical Center
Department of Medical Education
1050 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Tel: 562-491-9000 Fax: (562) 491-9146