Application information

Acceptance to the program requires graduation from a medical school approved by the Council on Medical Education of the AMA (if US graduate). Applicants must meet the criteria listed in the "Essentials of Accredited Residencies".

Application Process

Prospective applicants should also visit the resident webpage at for more information about the program.

The Wayne State University Internal Medicine Residency Program participates in and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service Program (ERAS). We will not review or respond to any application material sent via email. You must contact your medical school for delivery of your application, transcript, Dean's letters and faculty recommendations to our program via the internet. In addition, applicants must apply through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

NRMP #: 1295140C0 Categorical Program Only (a preliminary program is not offered).

Program ID#: 1402521194

Required Documents for Application

  1. Letters of Recommendation -- In addition to a Dean's letter from a medical school, three letters of recommendation must be arranged to be sent through ERAS. These letters should attest to the applicant's personal qualifications and scholastic and clinical abilities.
  2. Transcripts/Diploma -- A copy of the most recent medical school transcript should be included in the application. If the applicant has completed medical school, a copy of the diploma should accompany the application.
  3. USMLE Scores Competitive academic achievement USMLE scores will be given preference, while 2-3 months U.S. clinical experience strengthens the application. Applicants must have copies of USMLE test scores forwarded to accompany the application. The applicant must have passed USMLE parts 1 and 2 on the first attempt unless there are extenuating circumstances that affected performance. Passing USMLE Step 2 prior to the start of the internship year is a requirement of employment.
  4. The applicant must have graduated from medical school within 5 years of applying to the program or be actively serving in a clinical capacity. Preference will be given to applicants who are within 2-3 years of graduation.
  5. All applicants who meet institutional and departmental requirements are individually reviewed by the Internal Medicine Program Director.
  6. Must have excellent English comprehension and speaking skills
  7. ECFMG Certificate -- International Graduates must include a valid (not expired) copy of the ECFMG certificate with the application.
  8. Only J1 Visas offered. 
  9. Interviews are extended to those individuals whose applications demonstrate the following (determined through a critical review of the applicant's curriculum vitae, dean's letter, letters of recommendation, and personal statement):
    • Clinical preparedness
    • Aptitude
    • Motivation
    • Integrity
    • Communications skills
    • Varied extra-curricular experiences including community service/volunteerism
    • Leadership skills
    • Advanced degrees (MPH, PhD, etc)

All applicants chosen to interview are interviewed by one or more of the following: the Program Director, Vice Chair, Associate Program Director and a faculty member.

In the ranking and selection process, the interviewing team assesses the following:

  • Academic credentials (Transcript, USMLE Scores)
  • Clinical credentials (Dean's Letter)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview evaluations

Resident Transfers
Residents applying for a transfer position into the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program are selected using the same criteria listed above. Before accepting a resident who is transferring from another program, the program director must obtain electronic verification of previous educational experiences and a summative competency-based performance evaluation of the transferring resident and have an available opening for a transfer candidate.

In the case of a resident who leaves the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program prior to completion, the program director will provide a timely verification of residency education and summative performance evaluations to the accepting program.

Interview Process
Selected applicants will be interviewed beginning in November of each year. Those selected will be offered an interview via email from Ms. Melody Collura. Please, no phone calls or emails requesting status of your application.

In order to be ranked, all applicants must have posted a passing score for USMLE Step 2. Inquiries may be directed to Melody Collura.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for admission without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin. WSU is an equal education opportunity institution.