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Resident Recruiment & Selection

Policy:This policy sets forth Emory University School of Medicine's guidelines regarding resident recruitment and appointment.  This policy is intended to establish valid, fair, effective, and ethical criteria for the screening of recruitment and appointment for Emory University School of Medicine's graduate medical education program.


  1. Resident Recruitment
    1. Applicants are required to meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for a position in the graduate medical education program at Emory.
      1. Graduates of medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
      2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic association (AOA).
      3. Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
        1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates verifying final medical diploma, or
        2. Have a full, active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
      4. Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME-accredited Medical School.
        1. International medical graduates who are non-U.S. citizens must enter the training program on an ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa.
    2. Non-eligible applicants will not be considered for selection in Emory's graduate medical education program.
  2. Resident Selection
    1. Eligible applicants can be considered for possible appointment based on their:
      1. Academic credentials,
      2. Ability,
      3. Overall preparedness,
      4. Communication skills,
      5. Aptitude,
      6. Personal qualities (such as motivation and integrity) and
      7. Other written criteria developed by the Program Director.
    2. In selecting from qualified applicants, Emory must participate in an organized matching program such as the National Resident Matching Program if it is available.
    3. Programs must follow laws regarding license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia.
  3. In determining resident recruitment and appointment criteria, Emory will not discriminate with regard to a resident's age, gender, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status.
  4. On behalf of Emory as the sponsoring institution, the Office of Graduate Medical Education will be responsible for periodically reviewing whether resident selection activities are consistent with this Policy.  The Office of Graduate Medical Education may delegate these review activities to individual Program Directors or their designees.
  5. For fellowships, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite residency training program.