Application Process

We will begin accepting applications for 2015-2016 positions accepted through ERAS beginning September 15, 2014. October 1, 2014 is the preferred deadline that will afford the greatest opportunity for an interview offer; October 15, 2014 is the final deadline for applications.

We have recently expanded our residency and currently train 48 residents, an average of 12 per year.

We value diversity in our residency: each of our residents brings unique gifts and qualifications that strengthen our program. We encourage qualified applicants from all regions of the country and from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and we welcome applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. In recent years, 35 different medical schools have been represented in our residency program.

Most of our successful applicants have had experience in research, whether it be a short stint resulting in a case report or extensive time in translational or clinical research yielding numerous presentations, first author publications, and patents. Research is now an integral component of our program, and all of our residents obtain mentored research experience through a unique "Competencies" rotation. Many of our residents choose to spend several additional months of elective time pursuing their research interests.

For questions regarding the Application process, please contact our program administrator, Amanda Easton (amande@uw.edu).

Match (NRMP) Options:

UW Radiology has two separate match numbers, one for a combined transitional year (general surgery) + 4 year residency (3 slots) and the more traditional advanced match starting in PGY2.  Candidates may apply for one or both of the following program options:

1.      Categorical – PGY-1 transitional year (general surgery) positions at Swedish Medical Center beginning in 2015, linked to four years of Diagnostic Radiology beginning in 2016.  This program is listed on NRMP as:

Univ. Washington Affil.

Univ. Washington Hosp. RADIOLOGY-DIAGNOSTIC 1918420CO

2.      Advanced - PGY-2 positions, with four years of Diagnostic Radiology beginning in 2016. Prerequisite is at least one year of clinical experience in an accredited program. This program is listed on NRMP as:

Univ. Washington Affil.

Univ. Washington Hosp. RADIOLOGY-DIAGNOSTIC 1918420AO

Eligibility:

Our minimum criteria include:

A medical degree from one of the following:

  • Accredited medical school in the United States or Canada; or
  • Accredited college of osteopathic medicine in the United States; or
  • Medical school outside of the United States or Canada, along with ECFMG certification

Passing score on Step 1 of the USMLE

Selection Criteria for Interview Invitations:

We receive many questions about the application process, and we hope the following information demystifies our process for selecting residents.

We receive well over 700 applications each year but are only able to interview 70 candidates (less than 10%).

The selection committee reviews all of the application. The bulk of the invitations are offered after release of the MSPE (“dean’s letter”).

In the interview selection process, the most important aspects of the application are grades in the clinical clerkships, especially the core clerkships in medicine and surgery; membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society; class standing; comments on the MSPE summary statement, USLME step I score, leadership and volunteer work, research and publications, potential for an academic career, and significant life experiences.

Most of our successful applicants have honors in the majority of their clinical clerkships and are members of AOA. Those applicants from schools that do not offer “honors” grades or AOA are not adversely affected.

We do not have a threshold for the USLME step 1 score.  Applicants with lower scores generally have other considerable strengths in their application, such as exceptional performance at a highly-regarded medical school, extensive high-caliber research, important leadership positions, or noteworthy volunteer activities.

We seek residents that have potential for an academic career. Most of our successful applicants have demonstrated an interest in research or other academic activities, ranging from teaching to writing case reports to publishing ground-breaking work related to a PhD degree.

 

Note to Applicants from the University of Washington School of Medicine

We recognize that the University of Washington is one of the strongest medical schools in the nation, and we have been fortunate to meet and work with many of you.

Rest assured that we will read every application from UW students in great detail and give you the utmost consideration. In the past we were able to offer all of our students an interview. However, because of the limited number of interview days, we can no longer extend courtesy interviews. We believe it is unfair to interview an applicant if we would not be able to rank him or her highly. If you are not offered an interview, we would be happy to continue to guide you in the application process to match to an excellent program.

Note to Visiting Students

We recognize that a visiting rotation is an effective and fun way for you to get an extended view of our program, but it is not required or expected of our applicants. Due to the large number of applications, we are not able to offer an interview to all visiting students. Your application will be read in detail and in its entirety; selection is not based solely on your rotation with us.

If you have done a visiting rotation, please let Amanda Easton (amande@uw.edu) know as soon as possible so she can flag your application for the selection committee.

Many of us have enjoyed working with you, and we wish you the best of luck.

Note to International Medical Graduates

We encourage highly qualified applicants to apply to our program. We value diversity of training and have outstanding residents and faculty from international medical schools.

Due to the large number of applications, we are only able to interview international graduates with ALL of the following qualifications:

1.      Strong scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE.

2.      Outstanding letters of recommendation.

3.      Strong research track record with publication in peer-reviewed journal.

Space Needle - Photo by Dr. Eric Stern - UW Radiology Chest Faculty

Harvest Moon and the Space Needle - Photo by Dr. Stern - UW Radiology Chest Faculty

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