Western Michigan University School Of Medicine Residency Personal Statement

If you are interested in more information about our residency program, requests can be made in writing or by phone.

Together, we participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted exclusively through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Paper applications will not be accepted.

Completed applications will be reviewed by our recruitment committee for interview selection and must include the following items:

  • Common Application Form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean's Letter
  • USMLE Score Reports
  • Personal Statement

International Medical Graduates

At WMed, we do not require ECFMG Certification to apply, but you obtain certification before beginning residency. The sponsorship of J-1 visas is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Answers to Common Questions

  • Medical students with USMLE scores 220 or above on the first attempt are encouraged to apply.
  • Available positions: 2 Categorical PGY-1, 2 Non-Designated Preliminary PGY-1, 2 Non-Designated Preliminary PGY-2
  • A minimum of one year of U.S. or Canadian clinical experience is required.
  • Graduation from medical school within the last two years is also required.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017. If you are chosen to interview, you will be contacted via email to select a date for your interview. Please be sure to include your email address as part of your ERAS application.

As a candidate for WMed’s General Surgery residency program you will begin your interview by attending dinner with our residents the evening before your interview. Interviews begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday mornings and typically end by 2 p.m. Your interview day will begin with breakfast and an introduction to the medical school and the Kalamazoo community by our Program Director. You will then interview with WMed faculty and senior residents, have lunch, and complete a tour of Borgess Medical Center and/or Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Learn more about our program, including our Resident Appointment Policy, Visa Information, an Overview of Salary & Benefits, and a Sample Resident Contract.

All graduate medical education programs at WMed participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

WMed accepts and requires the following documents from our applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from September 1 to December 1:

  • Universal Application
  • USMLE or COMLEX Exam Scores
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Recent Photograph (optional)
  • ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)

Interview Criteria

  • We strongly prefer applicants who have passed USMLE or COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 on the first attempt.
  • The minimum USMLE and COMLEX Scores used to determine interview eligibility for applicants is determined annually by the Program Director.
  • Applicants must have passed CS or PE on their first attempt
  • We require applicants to have graduated from medical school less than three years ago.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of six months U.S. clinical experience.
  • We prefer at least one letter of reference from a Family Medicine physician.

Interview Process

Applicants selected for an interview are contacted by staff and a date is determined. A typical interview day is structured for you to meet with residents and faculty, tour our facilities and Kalamazoo’s two hospitals, and get a feel for life in Kalamazoo.  The interview process includes time alone with residnets

Why Our Residents Chose WMed Family Medicine

  • "I found the residents to be friendly, intelligent, and a diverse group from different backgrounds. That really appealed to me." 
  • "The community tour was awesome - what a great place to live!"
  • "Having two Level 1 Trauma Centers in one community the size of Kalamazoo is great.  I'll have the opportunity to work with patients with all types of injuries and illnesses."
  • "The faculty members are encouraging and friendly. They each spent plenty of time with me during interviews and WMU Family Medicine has a schedule set up to regularly spend time with your faculty advisor and the behavioral scientist on staff."
  • "There is a great diversity of residencies here at WMU, so we can learn from each other."
  • "You are expected to take on a great deal of individual responsibility, which really appeals to me."
  • "WMU offers a community and university atmosphere, which is what I was hoping to find."
  • "Since there is a Sports Medicine Fellowship here at WMU, we have the opportunity as residents to be involved in Sports Medicine curriculum too."
  • "The staff really seems to like their jobs and their coworkers. It must be a great place to be!"
  • "There are so many cultural events for my family to participate in here in Kalamazoo.  My family loves it here!"


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