AOA and ACGME Accredited Family and
Community Medicine Residency Program

General Application Information

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Please note that the program described in this document is Penn State’s Family and Community Medicine Residency Program in Reading, Pennsylvania and listed as Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/St. Joseph Program in ERAS.

Applicants will only be considered for interview and entry into the program if they meet the basic eligibility criteria below.

Preference will be given to those applicants with solid academic standing at a COCA- or LCME-accredited medical school and with a record of leadership, teamwork, compassion, and integrity.

Applicants are discouraged from making solicitations to the program via telephone call or through means other than ERAS.

Eligibility Criteria for Osteopathic Graduates of COCA-Accredited US Medical Schools

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • COMLEX scores passed with no more than one total prior failure
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of LCME – Accredited Allopathic US and Canadian Medical Schools

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years
  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure
  • Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of Non-COCA or Non-LCME Accredited Medical Schools

Very highly qualified graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools may possibly be considered for an interview if they meet the residency’s high standards for consideration.

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years
  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure
  • Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt
  • Minimum of three months clinical training in the US or Canada which clearly demonstrates an understanding and interest in primary care and Family Medicine in particular
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician or primary-care physician
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