Christine A. Arenson, MD
Professor & Interim Chair
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Resident Selection Process
All candidates applying to the Department of Family Medicine Residency Program must, as a requirement for application, meet all ABMS Specialty Board-related eligibility prerequisites required to enter training in the related specialty program at Jefferson. Further, all candidates must satisfy the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania Board of Medical Licensure for appointment at the specific level of training for which the position is offered.
In addition, applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible to apply for the Family Medicine Residency Program:
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the LCME;
- Graduates of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the AOA;
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who meet one of the following qualifications:
- Have received a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG; or
- Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth
Pathway Program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
Resident applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity. The program does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
All pre-requisite prior training must be successfully completed prior to beginning a residency in the Department of Family Medicine.
All Applications are initially reviewed by the Program Director. The decision to offer an interview to an applicant is made by the Program Director, based on the following criteria:
- Applicant has PASSED USMLE Steps I and II;
- Adequate communication in the English language;
- Dean’s Letter;
- Four Letters of Recommendation; and
- Successful completion of three years of medical school.
All interviews are conducted in person. Interviews are conducted Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from early November through the end of January. All applicants are interviewed by three faculty members and two residents. A committee, comprised of faculty and residents, reviews all records and assigns an objective score based on their record. Scores are on a 10-point scale and are assigned for Dean’s Letter/Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, Commitment to Underserved Populations, and Extracurricular/Life Experience.
After the interview process, the match list is constructed in a series of open Departmental meetings with input from residents and faculty with the Program Director determining the final assignment of rank.
If a resident is trying to transfer from another educational program (prior to the completion of the training offered in that discipline in that institution) the Program Director of the Department of Family medicine will call the referring Program Director or Chairman to check the references PRIOR to making any offer of employment in the Department. If a resident is attempting to enter training at TJUH after completing a phase of training in another institution, a final letter of recommendation and evaluation must be obtained from the referring Program Director PRIOR to submitting the resident’s application for GMEC approval.
All offers of employment at TJUH are contingent upon approval of the GMEC, licensure, and satisfactory completion of training in an ACGME-approved program or, where applicable, an AOA-accredited program. Residents entering their first year of training must have passed USMLE Steps I and II in order to qualify for appointment.
Christine A. Arenson, MD
Director, Residency Program
Family & Community Medicine
1015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-0640 fax