Application Information

All residency training programs offered by Virginia Mason are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the accrediting boards specific to the respective program.

The residency programs at Virginia Mason are small and highly competitive. We will offer the following number of positions for the 2017-18 academic year: Deadline submission date for PGY 1 positions for all programs is Nov. 1, 2016. All first-year appointments for medical training programs are made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Program Positions available in 2016-2017 NRMP Code ACGME Program Code
Anesthesia: 4 Categorical PGY-1 positions 1756040C0 0405412162
5 Advanced positions 1756040A0 0405412162
Diagnostic Radiology: 2 Categorical PGY-1 positions 1756420C0 4205412206
1 Advanced position 1756420A0 4205412206
General Surgery: 5 Categorical PGY-1 positions 1756440C0 4405412349
6 Preliminary PGY-1 positions 1756440P0 4405412349
Internal Medicine: 6 Categorical PGY-1 positions 1756140C0 1405412435
4 Primary Care PGY-1 positions 1756140M0 1405412435
5 Preliminary PGY-1 positions 1756140P0 1405412435
Transitional Year: 6 PGY-1 positions 1756999P0 9995400144

Urology has 1 position available through the AUA Match. AUA code = 00860959. This position is linked to our General Surgery preliminary year.

Diagnostic Radiology: To be eligible for appointment, residents must have successfully completed a clinical year consisting of training accredited by the ACGME, RCPSC or CFPC. A student who matches into a PGY-1 year not accredited by the ACGME, RCPSC, or CFPC will not meet the eligibility requirements for ACGME-accredited Diagnostic Radiology residency training (for example, a DO program).

Information for all Medical School Graduates  

All application materials for the residency programs at Virginia Mason MUST be forwarded to us through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). No faxed or paper copies will be considered for PGY-1 positions.

All applicants must be candidates for an MD or DO degree from an accredited school of medicine or college of osteopathic medicine upon application.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is REQUIRED prior to the start of our resident training programs. Make sure you sign up for an ACLS certification course during your fourth year. Check with your Dean’s office regarding ACLS training information.

ALL applicants must submit the Required ERAS Application materials:

  • Completed ERAS Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
  • Minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation on official letterhead, preferably from your core rotation department heads or preceptors 
  • USMLE Transcripts I and II preferred. Applicants who have previously failed any attempts at the USMLE step I and/or II will most likely be removed from further consideration.

Applicant information is downloaded daily from ERAS. We review ALL application documents to make our applicant selection. Applicants are selected based on their academic credentials, preparedness, aptitudes, abilities and communication skills, as well as personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity. Virginia Mason resident training programs do not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious preference, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Our interview season begins November 2016 and extends through January 2017. No interviews will be scheduled Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016 or Dec. 26 through Jan. 4, 2017. Applicants who are not selected for interview will receive a letter of regret.

Information for International Medical School Graduates  

Graduates of international medical schools applying for internship or residency, must submit the above required application documents and must have applied for, or hold a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for an interview.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must meet the current requirements for an appropriate U.S visa* as specified by the United States government.

*Virginia Mason Residency Programs consider J1 Visa or permanent resident only — NO EXCEPTIONS.

A minimum of six months previous U.S. clinical, hands-on patient care experience is required prior to application. Externships, observerships and research do NOT meet this requirement.

Applicants who graduated from medical school prior to 2013 (unless the applicant has documented verification of continued clinical experience, preferably in the U.S.), will most likely be removed from further consideration.

Click program links above for additional program-specific criteria and interview dates that are being offered by each program.