Frequently Asked Questions About the Internal Medicine Residency Program at William Beaumont Hospital

1. What has the residency program done to assure compliance with duty hours rules?  On the staff medicine and hospitalist general medicine services, a day float system has greatly facilitated residents leaving the hospital post-call, ensuring compliance with duty hours rules.  Night call on staff and hospitalist general medicine is now every fifth night.  A night float rotation has been instituted to decrease nighttime workload in the medical intensive care unit. 2. If I match at Beaumont, will I get into a fellowship in the subspecialty that I want? Over the past 5 years, 93 percent of Beaumont graduates pursuing fellowships have attained subspecialty training in their subspecialty of first choice. 3. For international graduates, does Beaumont sponsor the H1B visa? Beaumont sponsors the H1-B visa for qualified applicants as well as the J-1 exchange visitor visa. Residents wishing sponsorship under the terms of an H1-B visa must meet the requirements for such a visa in sufficient time to acquire it by the time residency commences on July 1. 4. Is there a minimum USMLE score that I must attain before Beaumont will consider my application? Candidates who have achieved a passing score on the first attempt on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS are given priority in our selection process. We do not have a specific score requirement, for we review all applications in their entirety. USMLE scores are only one component of a candidate’s portfolio. 5. Does Beaumont require any previous U.S. clinical experience? We do not require any prior U.S. clinical experience for our international applicants. 6. How many letters of reference are required? We require 3 letters of reference and a Dean’s letter. 7. Is there a specific graduation date cut-off? Our department does not have a specific graduation date cut-off. 8. Does Beaumont participate in a couples match? Yes, we do. We recognize the value and importance of having a resident train in geographic proximity to his/her significant other.

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