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Ob-Gyn Program Residency
Policy on Recruitment New Residents

HESL-PSM Consortium
Hospital Episcopal San Lucas-Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

 
How to Apply
 

The Hospital Episcopal San Lucas-Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences Educational Consortium abide by the ACGME requirements for eligibility for recruitment of new residents. To be eligible for appointment to our residency program applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
 

  • To be a graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In Puerto Rico it includes Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (Accreditation effective beginning academic year 2007-2008 for all students enrolled at that time).
     
  • To be a graduate of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
     
  • If the applicant is a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada he/she must meet one of the following qualifications:
     
    1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates or
    2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction and have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step2 (CK and CS),or
    3. Have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school and have passed USMLE Steps 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS). 

In addition to the above all applicants must be eligible to obtain a provisional or permanent license in Puerto Rico.

Our residents will be selected from eligible applicants taking into consideration their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

The Consortium does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status.

Taking into consideration that the population served in our hospital and affiliated institutions are mostly Spanish speakers, all eligible applicants must speak and write Spanish proficiently.

Each Program Director may add additional qualifications to consider eligible applicants to their program. However, they must abide to the minimum requirements for eligibility.

Since specialty board eligibility is strongly encouraged and recommended, recruitment of candidates that might not be board eligible must be reserved for exceptional circumstances, preferably for those with a very high potential to become board eligible during training.  

If a selected candidate is a graduate from a foreign medical school and is eligible because he/she has a full and unrestricted license, and has approved the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE 2CK and CS he/she must present the ECFMG certificate prior to the completion of the first year of training.

 

Procedure
  • Application to our residency programs will be through ERAS (www.aamc.org/eras, Electronic Residency Application Service)
     
  • Applicants must register in the National Residency Matching Program (www.aamc.org).
     
  • Applications will be received at each program through ERAS. When a candidate is seriously considered for ranking, a copy of the application will be sent to the GME office that includes the following documents:
     
    • Two letters of recommendations
    • Dean’s Letter
    • Personal Statement
    • Medical School Transcript
    • For foreign graduates only:
      • Pre-Medical School Transcript received from the university or a notarized copy. Since this is not available through ERAS it must be requested to the candidate. All selected applicants must submit this document to the GME office.
         
    • If the candidate has completed the MD requirements, the Medical School Diploma (original, for verification at our office or a notarized copy)
    • Good conduct certificate from Puerto Rico and State of residence if applicable.
    • Three 2 x 2 photos or the ERAS electronic Photo.
       
  • The GME Director will verify applications for eligibility so that the program director may proceed with the ranking.
  • Each program must have a resident selection procedure that includes a committee that helps the Program Director in candidate selection. This procedure must comply with this policy. The committee shall include resident representatives.
  • Each Program Director is responsible to notify the NRMP of the ranking of their applicants by the due date.
  • If positions are still available after the Match date, the same procedure must be followed. Candidates evaluated after the “scramble” must submit the same documents, including an ERAS or Universal Application.
  • Selected candidates must add to their record the following documents:
     
    • Health Certificate
    • Evidence of Hepatitis B immunization
    • Evidence of application for a provisional or permanent license at the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Examiners unless the candidate already has shown the evidence that he/she has an unrestricted license in good standing.
    • Any other document requested by the Department of Health of Puerto Rico in order to fulfill their contractual requirements.
       
  • The GME office is responsible for the contracts of the new residents. Selected new residents will not sign the contract until they comply with all of the recruitment requirements.
  • The original documents will be under the custody of the GME office. A copy of all documents will be forwarded to the Program Directors.

     

Reviewed October 2001
Second review ratified by the Executive Committee: May 2003
Modifications reviewed and approved by the GMEC on June 2006
Second Modifications reviewed and approved by the GMEC on June 2009

new residents recruitment policy-2006

 

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