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Mountainside Hospital Nj Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement

We accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and every application submitted is reviewed.

Every application downloaded into ERAS for our program is reviewed. Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not accept phone calls or faxes regarding positions, interviews or criteria. Interviews are scheduled via the e-mail address you provide in ERAS. Our interview time frame is approximately November thru January.  Unfortunately, we are unable to invite all who apply to join to our program. However, we guarantee that every applicant will receive careful consideration by our review committee.



  • US citizenship or Green Card
  • Graduation within the last five years from a medical school accredited by the LCGME or an international school recognized by the World Health Organization
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of 200 or above on the first attempt (average scores for PGY1 class are USMLE Step 1- 222 and Step 2- 227 on first attempt)
  • Completion of the CSA examination


The Application Process

Apply through ERAS before January 5th.  We are made aware of ERAS updates as you download, so there is no need to contact us.

Your application should contain:

  • A copy of your medical school diploma
  • Transcript
  • MSPE
  • Dean’s letter of recommendation
  • Three additional letters of recommendation from physicians who know the quality of your clinical work
  • A copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Any clinical experience (which is helpful but not necessary).


We do not offer externships or observerships.



How to Apply for Electives

We welcome third- and fourth-year medical students to rotate on our inpatient floors and in the ICU where they will be given
hands-on opportunities to learn and care for patients.

Interested students should email the Program Administrator at Jeanette.Richardson@mountainsidehosp.com with rotation requests
and dates.

Mountainside Medical Center is affiliated with Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School. We also currently have institutional
agreements with these medical schools:  Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson, St. George’s, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.





Q. How do I apply to the HackensackUMC Mountainside Family Medicine Residency?

A. Applications must be submitted through ERAS at www.aamc.org/students/eras. Our ACGME Program I.D. # is 1203311193.


Q. What are the criteria for applying to Mountainside Medical Center Family Medicine Residency?

A. Applicants must pass the USMLE Step I and Step II-CK/CS Exam or COMLEX I & II.


Q. Do you consider year of graduation when accepting applications?

A. Applicants must have graduated within the preceding 5 years.


Q. Is U.S. Clinical Experience a must?

A. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of United States hospital clinical experience.


Q. Do you accept international graduates and are there different criteria for international graduates?

A. Yes, we accept international graduates. The criteria are the same for all applicants.


Q. Does your hospital sponsor visas?

A. No, this program is open to those who have permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship.


Q. What is the deadline for applications?

A. Our deadline is December 1.


Q. What are your requirements for Letters of Recommendation?

A. We require three (3) Letters of Recommendation before your interview date.  None of the letters should be from family members.

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