Prospective Residents & Fellows: Selection Criteria

University of Michigan GME programs “strive to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for their chosen medical careers with the knowledge, skills and values that serve as the basis for the highest quality clinical practice, lifelong learning, scholarly research and community service” (Source: UM Statement of Commitment to Graduate Medical Education). To achieve this goal, it must recruit and select well-qualified, motivated candidates.

The accredited programs sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System are highly competitive and attract a large number and wide range of applicants. The Office of Graduate Medical Education and the staff of the office assure that candidates for appointment meet minimum ACGME eligibility requirements, University of Michigan policies, and state requirements. All programs are encouraged to utilize the National Resident Matching Program. Other matching programs are utilized in specialties in which they are available. Primary responsibility for selecting candidates with the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to profit from each educational program lies with the program director and the faculty.

The Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Graduate Medical Education Review Board review the results of the match each year. Programs monitor progress of appointees through the program and track their subsequent careers.

The results of the selection and the success of residents and fellows in each training program are reviewed by the Graduate Medical Education Committee each time the program undergoes an internal review.

In addition to the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity commitment noted above, the GME Review Board has adopted the following institution-wide standards for selection of residents and fellows:

  1. Each GME Program shall have a formal, written process in place to assure fair and consistent consideration and decision-making on applications for residency and fellowship positions.
  2. The selection process should include participation of program faculty and residents.
  3. Each GME Program shall have selection criteria in place that are consistent with University policy, all applicable laws, ACGME Institutional Requirements (Section 3.A), any relevant Program Requirements and the specific demands of its program curriculum. These criteria must be in writing, and “ensure that programs select from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity” (ACGME Institutional Requirements III. A.2.a.).
  4. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or Vietnam era veteran status (Source: Bylaws of the Board of Regents, Chapter XIV, Sec. 14.06.) Selection shall be without reference to country of medical school origin.
  5. No appointment is complete until a candidate has completed the credentialing process that includes primary source verification.
  6. Before an appointment is made, the trainee must provide documentation that he or she has passed USMLE Step I and Step II if they are being offered a first year position following graduation from an LCME (AOA for osteopaths) accredited medical school.
  7. If a trainee is being appointed the first year of residency (PGY2 or above) the trainee must provide documentation that they have successfully passed USMLE Step I and Step II by the time of appointment. This is for all graduates of LCME accredited medical school.
  8. If a trainee has an ECFMG certificate, prior to submitting the trainee for the NRMP match or if outside of the match, prior to offering a contract, the program director must contact the ECFMG and request a primary source verification for the candidate(s). Confirmations are mailed to the requesting organization within approximately two weeks. The original of the primary source verification must be kept in the trainees permanent file and a copy sent to the GME office for all international medical graduates who are offered positions in the University of Michigan Health System.
  9. All candidates from LCME (AOA for osteopaths) accredited medical schools must provide primary source verification of their diploma from medical school.