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Applicant Information

The Northwest Arkansas Community Internal Medicine Residency Program is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and a new, fully-accredited internal medicine residency program within the Department of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  This internal medicine residency program will train the resident physicians within the community hospital environments and develop skills to excel in patient care and develop leadership roles within the three-year categorical training program period.

Mission

The Northwest Arkansas Community Internal Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to train and recruit primary care physicians in the northwest Arkansas Region. To this end, this training program will support the recruitment, education, and retention of physicians of the highest caliber to practice internal medicine in all of its specialties in Northwest Arkansas.

Resident Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent U.S. Resident (Green Card Holder).  The UAMS Northwest Campus does not sponsor H-1B Visa applicants or applicants holding a J-1 Visa through the ECFMG.
  • Applicant must meet the requirements for an Arkansas license which include the successful completion of all USMLE or COMLEX in no more than three attempts per step.
  • Applicant must be proficient in English (written, spoken—conversational/medical).
  • Applicant must be able to reside continuously in the U.S. for the entire length of residency training.
  • Applicant’s graduation must be within the last five years from a medical school accredited by the LCME or AOA.  International graduates must also meet at least one of the three ACGME additional qualifications.*
  • If applicable, applicant must have a valid ECFMG certificate.

Recruitment

The Northwest Arkansas Community Internal Medicine Residency Program participates exclusively with the NRMP and ERAS.  All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Interviews are scheduled by invitation only from November through mid-December. Residency positions are filled through the NRMP match.

This training program selects the best qualified candidates and will not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, or sexual orientation.

Application Requirements

  1. ERAS Common Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Dean’s Letter
  4. A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Photograph (ID to track applicants after interviews)
  7. Official Medical School Transcripts
    • Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or
    • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
    • Graduation from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada and meeting one of the following ACGME additional qualifications:*
      • holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment; or
      • holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or
      • has graduated from a medical school outside the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school within the last five years.
  8. USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK and CS transcripts or COMLEX Level 1 and 2 CE and PE transcripts from Osteopathic Medical School Graduates. Our program requires the successful passage of  USMLE Step 1 at the time of your application and passage of the USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK) by the time our rank order list opens for entry on January 15.  There is no minimum USMLE or COMLEX scores for admission as this is only one of many criteria utilized in our selection process.  We do not believe that a test score reflects the quality of a physician.
  9. ECFMG Valid Certificate

Applicant Selection Procedure

Upon careful review of all applications, our Northwest Internal Medicine Residency Selection Committee extends offers for interviews. The Selection Committee will also be responsible for the final ranking of candidates. Criteria utilized by the committee for selection include:

    • Desire to practice community and/or academic general internal medicine in Arkansas
    • Academic achievement (medical school performance)
    • No more than 5 years from medical school graduation
    • Performance on USMLE/COMLEX board exams
    • Humanism and community service
    • High quality letters of recommendation
    • Hands-on clinical experience within the past year (excluding observerships)
    • Clinical experience in the U.S.
    • Meaningful personal statements

Applicant Interview Process

The Program Director presents an overview of the community training program  on the day of the interview. The Northwest Internal Medicine Selection Committee members will interview all candidates.

  • Interviews take place in November through December.
  • Applications must be completed by November 1 to be considered for review by the Selection Committee.
  • Interviews are by e-mail invitation only.  Invitations to interview are sent through the ERAS post office in November.  The Internal Medicine Selection Committee reviews all applications in a systematic approach.  Applicants will be informed by  December on the status of their application.

Timeline for Application Review

  • September 15, 2016          ERAS/NRMP Opens
  • November   1, 2016          Deadline ERAS Applications
  • November   1, –
    January      31, 2017          Applicant Interviews (via ERAS e-mail invitation only)
  • January      15, 2017          NRMP Rank Order List Entry Starts
  • February    22, 2017          Deadline NRMP Rank Order List (Certified)
  • March         17, 2017           NRMP Confidential Roster of Matched Applicants
  • July               1, 2017           Academic Year Starts (July – June Cycle.  Orientation at hospitals last two weeks of June.

NRMP Program Code:                           1871140C0
ACGME Program Code:                        1400400924
Institution & Program Description:   U Arkansas-Fayetteville Community Progs – Internal Medicine
Quota:  8
State:    Arkansas

Due to the number of applications, we are unable to provide updates on the status of your application and to respond to your questions concerning our program.  We have added a “Frequently Asked Question” (FAQ) page to respond to all the e-mails. We will release information to you as it becomes available from our Northwest Arkansas Intern Medicine Residency Selection Committee.  Thank you for your interest in our program.

Wyvonne Ora, Resident Coordinator
Northwest Arkansas Community Internal Medicine Residency Program
UAMS Northwest Campus, College of Medicine
1125 N. College Avenue
Fayetteville, AR  72703 (479) 713-8302 or 713-8304; E-mail: WSOra@uams.edu