Application Process

We invite you to apply to our program via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We will review your application and contact you if we wish to invite you for an interview. Our interview season will run from early November through January.

We are excited that you are interested in our program. We have chosen not to use the ERAS supplemental application this year as we already use a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We are looking for people that are a “good fit” for our program; we do not utilize any specific cutoffs or criteria for test scores, class rank or grades in our review for invitation for interview. We focus on things in your ERAS application that suggest that your values and interests align with our mission and core values. Please take the time to review of mission and value statements as you apply to our program. We look forward to meeting you if you think that our program is a good fit for your personal and professional goals!

A complete ERAS application is required, including:

  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty who have directly supervised clinical performance.
  • ​Department of Internal Medicine Chair’s letter
  • Medical school transcript(s)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE
  • USMLE , COMLEX or Canadian licensing exam scores (Step 1 required, Step 2 preferred)

​All interviews for the 2021-22 season will be conducted virtually.  Our half day interview will include the following activities:

  • Program overview
  • Virtual morning report session
  • Interviews
  • Tours of outpatient clinic and Mission Hospital
  • Resident panel sessions
  • Informal resident meet and greet the night before interview day

Interview dates for the 2021-22 season are listed below.

  • Tuesday mornings – Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec 7, 14, 21 Jan 11, 18
  • Friday afternoons – Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 21

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants for all positions will be selected based on preparedness, ability, and interest in completion of the program without regard to race, creed, gender, or sexual preference.  Aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics, and ability to communicate will be strongly considered in the selection process.

Minimum Requirements

An applicant must meet or exceed the following minimum qualification(s) to be eligible for selection and appointment to MAHEC’s Graduate Medical Education Residency Programs (GME):

  • Be a graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
  • Be a graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
  • Be a graduate of a non-LCME or AOA approved medical school who also meets one of the following additional qualifications:
    • holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates 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 a LCME-accredited medical school
  • Passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 or COMLEX 1 and 2 within three attempts as required by the North Carolina Medical Board
  • Be eligible for a NC resident training license
  • Be eligible to work in the US (citizen, permanent resident, eligible visa including J1). MAHEC does not sponsor H1B or other visas

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Residency Program Coordinator at

International Medical Graduates

Special laws and regulations apply to international medical graduates who wish to enter the United States to undertake graduate medical education. MAHEC's policies and procedures regarding graduates of international medical schools comply with federal and state laws and regulations and MAHEC's commitment to graduate medical education.

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants must successfully pass both Step 1 (basic medical) and Step 2 (clinical knowledge) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

While MAHEC does not sponsor a visa, the international medical graduate applicant must also possess a current/valid visa option or other status governed by the US Immigration Regulations to participate in a GME program.

Finally, the North Carolina Medical Board requires that physicians who are graduates of schools that are not accredited by the LCME or the AOA (foreign medical schools) must be individually certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, successfully complete at least three years of accredited graduate medical training, and have passed the USMLE or its equivalent to be eligible for application for full licensure. An international medical graduate must complete all other application requirements required by MAHEC and the GME program.

Our Commitment

MAHEC is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive place to work, learn, and receive care. We actively recruit physicians, staff, and students from underrepresented minorities, and we strive to implement policies and procedures that value and support diverse backgrounds and experiences. MAHEC does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, spiritual practice, geography, disability, or age.

Click here to learn more about our participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Pursuing Equity Learning and Action Network.

Resident Physician Contract/Letter of Agreement

Click here to view MAHEC's Resident Physician Contract/Letter of Agreement.

Board Certification – Internal Medicine

Residents who complete the MAHEC Internal Medicine Residency are eligible to pursue board certification in internal medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Please visit the ABIM Website for certification requirements.