Thank you for your interest in our program. We accept U.S. and osteopathic medical school graduates, as well as foreign medical graduates.
Qualified applications should include:
- Med school transcript
- Dean’s letter
- Personal statement
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- Step 1 minimum 215
- COMLEX 1 minimum 525
- COMLEX/Step 2, 2CS, and 3 are not required to apply, but completion of Steps 2, 2CS and COMLEX 2, 2CS are necessary prior to rank day.
- 3 LORS, prefer one from a neurologist, but certainly not necessary
- Medical school graduation after 2014 preferred
Our institution sponsors H1-B and J1 visas. H1-B requires that all USMLE scores are available upon match day. J1 candidates must have received ECFMG certification prior to rank day.
Frequently asked Questions
Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?
Yes. Many of our current residents are International Medical Graduates. In addition, the presence of a major university such as Bradley University and a Fortune 100 company like Caterpillar add tremendous diversity to the Peoria community as a whole.
Does your program have a minimum score requirement?
Our program requires all applicants to have taken/passed USMLE or COMLEX 1 with a score of 215/450 respectively.
Is U.S. clinical experience required?
Yes. Acceptable applicants will have completed a minimum one month, hands-on, in-person clinical experience in the U.S. in order to be considered for an interview.
Do you sponsor visas, and if so, what type?
We sponsor J1 and H1B visas routinely for our categorical residency program. If you are requesting an H1B visa, you must have passed the USMLE. Step 3 exam prior to the date that our program is required to submit its rank order list to NRMP.
Does your program require a letter of recommendation from a U.S. source?
No. Your letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know you well and have worked with you. We understand that for some, it would be difficult to get a letter of recommendation from a physician practicing in the United States. It is recommended that at least two of your letters are from physicians who have been able to observe your clinical skills.
Have additional questions? Contact us via email, [email protected].
We are happy to help!
Tammi Miller, C-TAGME
Medical Education Coordinator