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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in our internal medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas! We are excited to offer our residents community training opportunities in our region. Our residents are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities and to provide the best clinical care to our patients, explore their career options, and to help us to develop our new training program. This program combines inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences with individualized elective time that will allow each resident to participate in their own unique curriculum to personalize their training. We hope these FAQs will begin to answer some general questions about our program and we hope to have an opportunity to answer more in-depth questions if you are selected as a candidate for our internal medicine residency.

Applicant Specific Questions

What is your application deadline?

Does the program accept osteopathic applicants?

By what criteria are residents selected?

How are your interviews scheduled? How will we be notified of an invitation for a Northwest Arkansas interview?

Do you expect or encourage post-interview communication or a second look as part of a high quality application?

Do you hire outside of the NRMP Match?

How long can I be out of medical school and still apply for your program?

Do you offer observerships, externships or volunteer research work?

Are applicants required to pass both the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CS and CK or COMLEX Level 1 and 2 CE and PE prior to applying?

Do you have a minimum USMLE or COMLEX score?

Will taking the USMLE Step 3 before applying give me an advantage?

International Medical Graduate Questions

When do you require ECFMG certification? At the time of application or by the time the PGY1 resident starts residency in July?

Do you sponsor any Visas?

Do you accept international medical graduates?

Do you accept applicants with the status “pending application for permanent resident”?

If I get a work permit “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD), can I apply to this program using this work permit instead of a J1 or H1B Visa?

If I graduated in 2011 would I be eligible for your residency program?

Is U.S. clinical experience required for international graduates?

Program Specific Questions

Why start a new residency program in Northwest Arkansas?

How many PGY-1 positions are available?

Where did your PGY-1 interns come from?

Do you have a bias for UAMS graduates?

How many clinical training sites are there?

How long does it take to drive between hospitals?

Where do most residents end up living and do they buy or rent?

How many patients will I carry as a PGY-1 resident?

How many days off are typical per month?

What resources does the Internal Medicine Residency at the UAMS Northwest Campus offer?

Benefit Questions

What are your benefits and terms and conditions for appointment (employment) in residency training programs at UAMS?

What is the salary?

Duty Hour Questions

How does the program comply with the duty hours regulations?

Do you participate in the couple’s match?

How does the cost of living in Fayetteville, Arkansas compare to other larger cities?

When are my days off?

How does the program teach quality improvement?

Will I be able to do enough procedures?

Are white coats available?

Are lockers available?

Does the program support professional society membership?

Research Questions

Are there opportunities for research?

Continuity Clinic Questions

Where is your Continuity Clinic experience located at in this training program?

UAMS-NW Community Internal Medicine Residency
College of Medicine, Room M19

1125 North College Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72703-1908