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Internal Medicine

Residency is a time when lifelong relationships are created. Many residents graduate and remain in the community, developing strong bonds with the associated institutions and the residency program. At Carle, you will learn from a wide variety of prominent physicians and a diverse range of patients. The Internal Medicine Residency Program provides training at Carle Foundation Hospital and VA Illiana Health Care System and their affiliated clinics. Our residents consistently succeed in passing national boards, gaining acceptance in highly competitive fellowships, and finding attractive hospital and clinical positions.

So, come find out more, discover something outside of ordinary in Urbana-Champaign. Inspired and engaged scholarship, innovation and discovery, and impassioned and insightful patient care happen here.

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Dania Mendoza

Residency Coordinator

Email: IMRP@carle.com

Main Office: (217) 383-4633

Program Goals 

Our mission is to train highly competent, professional, resident physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide exceptional, compassionate, high quality, patient-centered care in Internal Medicine. 

We will train resident physicians to become internists who will:

  • Demonstrate humane application of scientific knowledge
  • Practice lifelong self-directed learning
  • Utilize resources in a cost-effective manner
  • Deliver high quality care, responsive to needs of individuals and the community
  • Achieve highest standards of academic excellence and professional ethics

The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide independent patient-centered care in multiple delivery settings in the specialty of Internal Medicine. Competence will be demonstrated in the following domains described in detail in the Program Requirements of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism and systems-based practice

The program provides flexibility in curriculum focus to allow achievement of each trainee's individual learning needs: 
  • Ambulatory Primary Care - Focus on care in the ambulatory setting with responsibility to health promotion and to the diagnosis and management of complex, usually chronic disease.
  • Hospitalist Physician - Principal interest is in the quality and safety and complex disease management in the acute-care environment.
  • Traditional Internal Medicine - Interest in maintaining excellence in acute, chronic and extended-care settings and in consultation to other specialties, serving as expert in the continuum of care for complex medical disorders.
  • Pre-Fellowship - Interest in further training in one of the subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Training is usually similar to the Traditional Internal Medicine focus. Additional experience is in the chosen subspecialty or related fields.
  • Academic Internal Medicine - Focus on careers in which significant time is dedicated to roles as clinician educators or clinical investigators.

The Carle Internal Medicine residency training program is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care and distinction in scholarship and education. An emphasis is placed on learning by doing. Residents are constantly challenged to solve problems while being supported by Carle physicians and care teams.

Curriculum – Preliminary


Preliminary (1226140P0)
PGY - 1

  • Up to 3 blocks: Electives
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 7 blocks: Adult Medicine and Medical Subspecialties (including night medicine)

Curriculum – Categorical


Categorical (1226140C0)

PGY - 1

  • Up to 3 blocks: Medical Subspecialties - Consult
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 7 blocks: Adult Medicine and Inpatient Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation)
PGY - 2

  • Up to 4 blocks: Medical Subspecialties - Consult
  • Up to 2 blocks: Research, Quality Improvement and Ambulatory Medicine (with experience in addressing Healthcare Disparities)
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 5 blocks: Adult Medicine and Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation)
PGY - 3

  • Up to 5 blocks: Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Medical Subspecialties - Consult
  • Up to 1 block: Ambulatory Medicine (with experience in addressing Healthcare Disparities) and Directed Learning
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 4 blocks: Adult Medicine and Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation
Longitudinal

  • Continuity Clinic with each resident managing a panel of patients as their Resident PCP.

Curriculum – Primary Care Track

The Carle Internal Medicine Residency Program has partnered with regional clinical partners to conduct a Primary Care Track within the Internal Medicine residency program. Two positions are open for applications each year.

Like the standard Categorical track, this is a three-year Internal Medicine residency and graduates are ABIM board eligible in Internal Medicine at the end of their training. Residents in the Primary Care track are considered part of the Internal Medicine residency program with schedules that emphasize outpatient, community-based academic medicine. Residents spend significantly more time on chronic care, ambulatory internal medicine and ambulatory subspecialty rotations.


Primary Care Track (1226140M0)

PGY - 1

  • Up to 3 blocks: Ambulatory Specialties/IM Sub-Specialties
  • Up to 1 block: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 7 blocks: Adult Medicine and Inpatient Rotations (includes night medicine and orientation)
PGY - 2

  • Up to 3 blocks: Ambulatory Specialties, Geriatrics, & IM Sub-Specialties
  • Up to 2 blocks: Research, Quality Improvement and Ambulatory Medicine (with experience in addressing Healthcare Disparities)
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 5 blocks: Adult Medicine and Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation)
PGY - 3 

  • Up to 4 blocks: Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Ambulatory specialties and IM Sub-Specialties
  • Up to 2 blocks: Ambulatory Medicine and Directed Learning
  • Up to 1 block: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 5 blocks: Adult Medicine and Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation

Longitudinal

  • Continuity Clinic at 2 sites.  Resident will manage a panel of patients as the Resident PCP.

Faculty

  • Holly Dallas, MD – Director
  • Abigail Adams, MD
  • Michael Kuhlenschmidt, MD
  • Pete Yunyongying, MD
  • Janet Welch, MD
  • Nasreen Syed, MD
  • Aimee Yu-Ballard, MD

Primary Care Track FAQs

How is the Primary Care Track different from the Categorical Track?

  • Rotations in the outpatient setting: up to 3 additional blocks of outpatient medicine.
  • Ambulatory opportunities (convenient care, Women's Health, Sports medicine, IM subspecialty clinics).
  • Home-based call experience for a large Adult Medicine/ Geriatric practice (with attending supervision)
  • Continuity Clinic at 2 sites
  • Mentorship by Primary Care Core Faculty.

How is the Primary Care Track the same as the Categorical Track?

  • Residents in the Primary Care track are full and equal members of the Internal Medicine residency program and are eligible for ABIM Internal Medicine boards after successful completion of their residency. There will be no changes with reference to benefits and support.

Can I still go into a subspecialty or be a hospitalist if I do the Primary Care Track?

  • The goal of this track is to train internists who are well prepared for careers in primary care as clinicians, educators and leaders in primary care field.

Can I apply to and rank both Categorical and Primary Care Tracks?

  • Yes! Your application invitation will clearly specify the track you are being invited for. The number for the Primary Care Track in the NRMP will be provided during interviews.

Curriculum – ABIM Research Path

The Carle Internal Medicine Residency Program has partnered with Carle Illinois College of Medicine to conduct the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Path within the Internal Medicine residency program. One position is open for applications each year.

This is a five-year Internal Medicine residency and graduates are ABIM board eligible in Internal Medicine during their PGY-5 year. Please refer to the ABIM Research Pathways Policies and Requirements pathway specifics. Applicants who want to be considered for ABIM Research Path should possess a graduate degree (or equivalent) in research.

Internal Medicine Training – Up to 28 blocks
Research Training (80%) – Up to 32 blocks
Clinical Training during research (20%) – 1 day per week
Total Training – 5 years
Internal Medicine Board Exam – August, PGY-5

Categorical - ABIM Research Path (1226140C1)

PGY - 1

  • Up to 3 blocks: Medical Subspecialties - Consult
  • Up to 2 blocks: Intensive Care Unit
  • Up to 7 blocks: Adult Medicine and Inpatient Medical Subspecialties (includes night medicine and Orientation)

PGY - 2-5

  • Up to 16 blocks: Adult Medicine, Intensive Care, Medical Subspecialties - Consult and Ambulatory Medicine (with experience in addressing Healthcare Disparities)
  • Up to 32 blocks: Mentored Research (80%), Adult Medicine (20%, with half day continuity clinic and two call shifts per block)

Longitudinal

  • Continuity Clinic with each resident managing a panel of patients as their Resident PCP.

Faculty

  • James Kumar, MD, MS – Director
  • Karen White, MD, PhD
  • April Yasunaga, MD
  • Issam Moussa, MD, MBA
  • Stephen Boppart, MD, PhD

Carle Conferences and Educational Events

  • Noon Conferences
  • Clinical Pathological Correlation Conference (CME)
  • Resident Report
  • Subspecialty Conferences (Inpatient and Ambulatory)
  • Quality Review Conference
  • Career Guidance Retreat
  • Residents As Teachers Retreat
  • Infectious Disease Conferences (CME)
  • Bench to Bedside Research Conference
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (CME)
  • Journal Club (CME)
  • Annual Oral Vignette Competition
  • Annual Quality Improvement Forum
  • Annual multi-station OSCE
  • Annual EPA Based OSCE (PGY1s)
Other Conferences / Educational Events
  • Bioethics Seminar
  • Palliative Medicine Journal Club
  • Annual Cardiology Update for Primary Care
  • Digestive Diseases Update
  • Regional Diabetes Update
  • Carle Foundation Day
  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Innovation Research Day
  • Simulation Lab
  • In-training Exam (ACP- IM)
  • Daily Teaching Rounds

Diversity and Inclusion

Mission: Promoting a diverse and inclusive environment encouraging personal growth and the ability to help patients and members thrive.

Our Residents: Our program feels strongly that diversity is critical to creating an environment of truly collaborative learning and teamwork. Our view of diversity includes: race/ethnicity, religion, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and socioeconomic status. As we care for a diverse patient population, we believe cultural competence is necessary to deliver the best possible care for patients. 

Carle Health is committed to providing world-class care and services to the communities we serve through empathy and inclusion. The Carle IMRP Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup provides advisory support to the residency leadership to help instill a culture of acceptance by establishing a clear strategy for improving the cultural awareness of the residency program. 

Our Patients: Residents care for a diverse panel of patients as Carle Foundation Hospital is a regional referral center for several counties in central Illinois. Champaign-Urbana is a cultural melting pot right in the middle of Illinois. It has the one of the highest number of international students of all public universities in the United States. You’ll find an abundance of international markets, ethnic restaurants, cultural centers, diverse houses of worship and multicultural media outlets here. Champaign-Urbana, an open and welcoming community, is home to 24,000 immigrants from nearly 80 countries around the world. 

D&I Mini-Journal Club: The Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Journal Club was created to engage with the Carle IMRP community at all levels on topics of equity, inclusion, and diversity in a small group setting. It also provides a venue to address the needs of our community and discuss meaningful steps we can take to make Carle IMRP more welcoming and inclusive. The D&I mini-journal club happens once every month. The topic of each session is selected by members of the D&I Workgroup. Some of the articles that have been discussed are:


Meet Our Team

Photograph of James Kumar, MD, MS, FACP, FHM
James Kumar, MD, MS, FACP, FHM

Administration

Program Director
Hospital Medicine

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Danish Thameem, MD

Administration

Associate Program Director
Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

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Hans von Marensdorff, MD

Administration

Associate Program Director
Hospital Medicine

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Sumuk Sundaram, MD

Administration

Site Director
Adult Medicine
VA Danville

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Dania Mendoza

Administration

Program Coordinator

Photograph of Holly Dallas, MD
Holly Dallas, MD

Core Faculty

Director Resident's Clinic
Adult Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Janet Jokela, MD

Core Faculty

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana

Photograph of Michael Kuhlenschmidt, MD
Michael Kuhlenschmidt, MD

Core Faculty

Adult Medicine
Christie Clinic

Photograph of Pete Yunyongying, MD
Pete Yunyongying, MD

Core Faculty

Adult Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Saad Adoni, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Geriatrics
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Renato Alcaraz, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Nina Amilineni, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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TsungYen Chen, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Sujaata Dwadasi, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Gastroenterology
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Lianghe Gao, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Sravan Jasti, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Nephrology
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Brent Kaufmann, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Pulmonary Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Amir Khan, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Infectious Disease
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Pardeep Kumar, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Hareesh Lal, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Patrick Leonberger, DO

Faculty

Academic Hospitalist
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Shirin Majdizadeh, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Nadia Nasreen, MD

Faculty

Clinical Educator
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Kingsley Onyemere, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Endocrinology
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Priyank Patel, MD
Priyank Patel, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Oncology
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Mehmoodur Rasheed, MD
Mehmoodur Rasheed, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Rheumatology
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Tanmay Sahai, MD
Tanmay Sahai, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Hematology
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Ibrahim Shaikh, MD
Ibrahim Shaikh, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Cardiology
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Temitope Shodunke, MD

Faculty

Subspecialty Coordinator
Critical Care
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Harshil Swaminarayan, MD
Harshil Swaminarayan, MD

Faculty

Academic Hospitalist
Hospital Medicine
Carle Foundation Hospital

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Muhammad Aamir, MBBS

Resident

PGY-4 Chief Resident

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Hasan Mahbub, MBBS

Resident

PGY-4 Chief Resident

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Surya Aedma, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

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Saba Akram, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

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Ali Baltaji, MBBCh

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Jemin Jose, MBBS
Jemin Jose, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Muhammad Hasib Khalil, MBBS
Muhammad Hasib Khalil, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Mohamed Mady, MBChB
Mohamed Mady, MBChB

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Pranav Mahajan, MBBS
Pranav Mahajan, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

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Adarsha Ojha, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Tapasya Raavi, MBBS
Tapasya Raavi, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

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Kelly Roth, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Sanjivani Sathe, MBBS
Sanjivani Sathe, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

Photograph of Srijan Valasapalli, MBBS
Srijan Valasapalli, MBBS

Resident

PGY-3

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Jennifer Wroblewski, MD

Resident

PGY-3

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Muhammad Khalid Abbas, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Shruti Agarwal, MBBS
Shruti Agarwal, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Talha Bin Farooq, MBBS
Talha Bin Farooq, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Rukhsaar Khanam, MBBS
Rukhsaar Khanam, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Audrey Lam, MD
Audrey Lam, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Salma Malik, MBBS
Salma Malik, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Avani Mohta, MD
Avani Mohta, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Krishna Potluri, MBBS
Krishna Potluri, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Muhammad Umair Rana, MBBS
Muhammad Umair Rana, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Mohamed Safwan, MBBS
Mohamed Safwan, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Sijo Sunny, MBBS
Sijo Sunny, MBBS

Resident

PGY-2

Photograph of Omar Al Wahadneh, MBBS
Omar Al Wahadneh, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Jeel Gala, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Sowmya Gaviyappa, MD

Resident

PGY-1 Preliminary

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Sushan Gupta, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Mobeen Zaka Haider, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1 Preliminary

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Jennaire Lewars, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Jainil Maheshwari, MBBS
Jainil Maheshwari, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Julius Manu, MD

Resident

PGY-1

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Amber Meyer, MD

Resident

PGY-1

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Amogh Nadkarni, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Abdul Basit Nawaz, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Saad Rahman, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

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Daniel Rosenblat, MD

Resident

PGY-1

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Chris Russell, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Photograph of Arun Ashok Velthottam Rathinam, MBBS
Arun Ashok Velthottam Rathinam, MBBS

Resident

PGY-1

How to Apply 


Thank you for your interest in the Carle Foundation Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP). The IMRP participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

NOTE: Due to a high volume of inquiries, we are unable to review or comment on individual applicant inquires.

Application Submission:

  • Begins when ERAS opens
  • Applicants must apply through ERAS
  • Email, paper or faxed documentation cannot be accepted and is not reviewed
  • Our ACGME Program ID is 1401621456
  • Our NRMP numbers:
    • Categorical program: 1226140C0
    • Preliminary program: 1226140P0
    • Primary Care Track: 1226140M0
    • ABIM Research Path: 1226140C1
  • Applications are welcomed from U.S. and International medical school graduates (J1 visas only for international applicants).
Application Criteria - A Complete Application Includes:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MPSE), Dean's letter from the candidate's medical school, or equivalent
  • At least three letters of recommendation (waived letters)
  • A personal statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores/Transcripts for Steps 1 and 2
  • IMRP does not publish minimum score requirements
  • COMLEX scores are accepted in lieu of USMLE for Osteopathic students
Preference For Interviews Is Given To Candidates Who Have:

  • Passed the USMLE exams with no failures
  • USMLE transcripts documenting completion of Step 2 CS and CK must be available by February 1st prior to the NRMP match
  • Graduated from Medical school within the past 4 years
  • U.S. clinical experience desirable, e.g. clinical observership or externship
  • The ability to meet Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's requirements for Physician Temporary Licensure. This includes the ability to:
    • Document at least 4 weeks of psychiatry rotation(s) in medical school
    • Obtain continuing medical education credits in a timely fashion if necessary
  • Without exception, international candidates must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified by February 1 prior to the NRMP match

Supplemental ERAS Application

For the ERAS® cycle, our program strongly encourages all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants are also required to complete the MyERAS application. 

The additional information helps our program staff learn more about applicants' medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer and research experiences, and helps us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission. 

This supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform outside the MyERAS application and must be completed between September 1 and September 30.

Please note that this information may be subject to change. 


Interviews:

  • Interviews, which are by invitation only, are held mid-October through February
  • Invitations to interview are offered via email or ERAS; interviews are then self-scheduled through ERAS.
  • The interview calendar fills by the end of November. An invitation-only waiting list is maintained, with openings filled on a first-come first-served basis.
  • The interview day begins at 7:30 a.m. and typically includes:
    • A short presentation by the program director
    • Interviews with three faculty members
    • Opportunity to participate in an educational event
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If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us at IMRP@carle.com.