Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

Applicant &
Resident Resources

Application Information

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Residency Program in Internal Medicine only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We cannot process applications received through any other electronic or paper medium.

Important Notes for Applicants

  • U.S. Clinical experience is required (observerships are not counted as USCE)

  • We do NOT offer observerships or externships

  • Graduation within the last 3 years is preferred

  • There are 37 Categorical spots, 2 Primary Care spots, and 9 Preliminary spots

  • Fellowship opportunities are available

  • We sponsor both H1 and J1 visas (we are exempt from the H1 cap)

  • You must be ECFMG certified to be considered for an interview (the only exception is if you are still in medical College)

  • We offer couples match

  • A minimum of 3 LORs are required (this can include your Chairman’s Letter)

Application Requirements

  • Dean's Letter

  • Chairman's Letter (preliminary applicants are not required to have a Chairman's Letter)

  • Minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation (your Chairman's Letter may be included)

  • Medical College Transcripts

  • Personal Statement

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS) *

  • We require U.S. clinical experience in order to be considered for an interview

  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

* Additional USMLE Information – Internal Medicine interns are required to pass USMLE Step I and Step II (CK and CS). Please note that it takes approximately 4-8 weeks for the USMLE Board to release the scores; therefore we advise taking the exam no later than March of the year in which you are starting your internship.

Application Deadline: December 15th

Contact Information

Jefferson Medical College
College Building, Room 822
1025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Residency Program Contact Information
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Medicine
1025 Walnut Street, Room 805
Philadelphia, PA 19107


How do I submit an application?

Thomas Jefferson University accepts all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed.

How many categorical and preliminary positions do you expect to offer?

We expect to offer 37 Categorical spots, 2 Primary Care spots, and 9 Preliminary positions for the year ahead.

Where will I spend most of my time?

The Internal Medicine Residency program uses numerous clinical settings throughout the Jefferson Health System in order to give our house-staff the most diverse educational experience. House officers will spend time in the following sites: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Methodist Hospital; the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilmington, DE; Jefferson Hospital Ambulatory Practice; various Thomas Jefferson University affiliated subspecialty practices and local community internal medicine practices.

Does Thomas Jefferson University allow moonlighting opportunities for residents?

Opportunities are available at Methodist Hospital for second and third year residents.

Are there USMLE score requirements?

Our residency program is very competitive. Although scores on USMLE examinations are an important factor in our selection process, there are no official score requirements to apply to the program. We prefer to evaluate each applicant on his or her own individual merits.

Does Thomas Jefferson University accept applications from graduates of international medical colleges?

As stated earlier, we have a very competitive application process. However, graduates from any medical College are invited to submit applications, and will be subject to our usual application procedures. Recent clinical experience is highly encouraged. The University sponsors both H-1 and J-1 visas.

Does Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have a requirement in terms of year of graduation?

A graduation date within the last 3 years is highly preferred, but not mandatory.

Available Tracks of Study

Electives for Visiting Residents

We offer a variety of electives that are available to residents currently enrolled in ACGME accredited programs.  We hope these electives will enhance your educational experience in core areas:

  • Cardiology Consults – General Cardiology

  • Critical Care

  • Endocrine (Inpatient or Outpatient)

  • GI Consults

  • Hematology – Benign Heme Consults

  • Heme Malignancy

  • Hematology – Blood and Marrow Transplant

  • Infectious Disease   

  • Nephrology Consults

  • Oncology – Solid Tumor

  • Pulmonary Consults

  • Pulmonary Associates (Outpatient)

  • Renal Consults

  • Rheumatology

For additional information and availability, please forward your information to Please include the time frame that you’re interested in rotating here, your home institution and your PGY level. Also, please keep in mind that we require a minimum of 6-8 weeks in order to process your information (electives are not offered in June/July due to the start-up of the academic year). We hope that you will find your rotation educationally rewarding.

Deborah T. Richards
Residency Coordinator
Department of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Observership Policy

Due to team size regulations and in order to preserve the educational integrity of our residents and students, we will no longer be offering observerships in the Department of Medicine. Thank you.

Career Pathway

Learn about our Personalized Career Pathway option that is designed to enhance a variety of potential career choices. Download PDF

Facilities Available to Residents

Computer Systems: Residents have access to computer systems throughout the University and Hospital. This includes access to UpToDate, Medline, MD Consult, Online Harrison, Micromedex and email/on-campus internet access. Regarding patient care, all labs and discharge summaries are on line as well as the non-telemetry floors' order entry.

Call Rooms: Residents, if they wish to stay in house, will also have access to private call rooms after being relieved of duty on call nights. There are no mandatory overnight calls.

Parking/Transportation: The University has numerous discounted or free parking opportunities surrounding all affiliated hospitals. Subway/bus tokens and regional rail passes are discounted as well for the residents taking advantage of public transportation. The University offers a "pre-tax" payroll deduction for all transportation expenses.

Tickets: The Residency program also offers complimentary tickets to local events. In the past these have included the Flyers, 76ers, Eagles, Phillies, the Walnut Street Theater and Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets are dispersed among the residents via a lottery system.

Facilities: As University employees, residents have access to the University facilities (for a fee) such as daycare, gymnasium and pool facilities and discounts to local entertainment.

Lab Coats: All interns and second year residents receive three complimentary embroidered white lab coats. Laundry service is available at the Hospital for a nominal fee.

EPIC: Our electronic medical record system will soon be upgraded to EPIC. All of these systems are available remotely from home.


Please be advised that the Department of Medicine has implemented a new fee structure for all credentialing/verification requests. This policy applies only to requests for graduates of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. 

Fee Structure:

SKMC - TJUH Standardized Verification Form: $25

Non-Standardized Verification Form: $50

Request for Expedited Service (additional fee): $10

Verification fees are waived for the following:

  • Current Residents

  • Recently Graduated Residents (within the last 5 years)

  • Government Agencies

  • State Boards

All verification requests and payments, if applicable, should be mailed to:

Residency Coordinator
Department of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
1025 Walnut Street, #805
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Verifications will not be released until payment has been received. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. Checks should be made payable to "TJUH - Department of Medicine."

All requests must be accompanied by the resident's signed authorization.

If you have any questions or require additional information please email the Residency Coordinator. Thank you.

Salary & Benefits Information

House Staff Stipends

July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

PGY Level Annual Stipend
1 $52,463
2 $54,059
3 $55,601
4 $58,802
5 $61,104
6 $64,776
7 $67,144
8 $69,442










Please download the TJU Benefits PDF which summarizes the benefits available to House Staff members of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Your coverages begin immediately unless a different date is shown in the summary. Through the OPT program, you will be able to select a benefits package that best suits your needs.


Residents are entitled to four weeks of vacation and one personal day each year (21 working days). The residents are not allowed to take more than one week (5 working days) at a time from any single service. In accordance with hospital policy, vacation days cannot be carried over to the following year.