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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you participating in the 2018 Match?

A: Yes

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: You must apply by 12/31/2018

Q: How do I apply to your program?

A: We accept applications only through ERAS and only for the PGY-1 year. Please do not send, e-mail or fax applications, CV’s, letters of recommendation, etc. We cannot process applications this way and they will be discarded.

Q: What is your ACGME Program ID?

A: ACGME Program ID #1401600543

Q: What is your NRMP number?

A: NRMP #3053140C1

Q: What constitutes a completed application?

A: When you have submitted all the data available via ERAS you have completed the application.

Q: How many residents do you plan to recruit?

A: Our intern class will have 10 trainees.

Q: Do you sign candidates outside the Match?

A: No. We participate solely in the Match as we feel that there should be a “level playing field” for all candidates with an equitable set of rules and follow the rules and regulations of NRMP “all in” match policies.

Q: Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

A: We are committed to accepting the best candidates, regardless of their medical school or national origin. Our program is diverse with residents from many different universities and cultures.

Q: Is clinical experience in the US required?

A: US clinical experience is required. We prefer this to be hands-on patient care, though observships and research are acceptable. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a US clinical experience.

Q: By when would you require an International Medical Graduate to have the ECFMG certification?

A: You must have ECFMG certification to be included on the match list; not to apply for an interview.

Q: Do you require the CSA examination?

A: Completion of the Clinical Skills exam is necessary for the ECFMG certificate. You therefore cannot participate in the Match without it.

Q: Does ECFMG certification have to be completed before I register for the Match?

A: You can enter a rank order list. If the NRMP receives notification from ECFMG that you have passed the required examinations (USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS), you will be included in the Main Residency Match. If the NRMP does not receive ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations, you will be withdrawn from the Main Residency Match shortly after the Rank Order List Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.

Q: How many years post-graduation are acceptable?

A: There is no definite cut-off, but we prefer applicants who have graduated within the last five years. Our concern is that earlier graduates may not have up-to-date clinical skills, but this will be assessed on an individual basis.

Q: How many Letters of Recommendation are needed?

A: Three

Q: What visas do you sponsor?

A: J-1 visa only. No exceptions

Q: To whom should correspondence be addressed?

A: Do not send any correspondence to us until we request it: we use ERAS only for all of the application process.

Q: How are appointments for interviews arranged?

A: Interviews are by invitation only. Once the Residency Selection Committee has determined an application to be competitive for our program, an invitation will be sent via the ERAS system.

Q: What is the selection process?

A: We use all the data that you have submitted via ERAS to assess your potential as a trainee.

Q: What is the schedule for an interview day?

A: The interview day will start at 9 o’clock in our Residency Conference Room.

9:00am – 9:45am       Program Info
10:00am – 12:00pm  Two interviews, 30 mins each
12:00pm – 1:00pm     Noon Conference
1:00pm – 1:30pm        Hospital Tour
1:30pm –                       Closing remarks

Q: How do I get to Centegra Hospital-McHenry?

A: Directions to Centegra are available here.

Q: Where are the rotations performed?

A: All rotations are at our Centegra Hospital-McHenry, Centegra Physician Care-McHenry and Centegra Physician Care- Fox Valley, Crystal Lake.

Q: What is the salary?

A: 2018 Salary is $53,546 plus benefits

Q: What library facilities are available to the residents?

A: Our trainees have electronic access to Rosalind Franklin University’s Boxer Library for all journals and books.

Q: Is housing difficult to find?

A: Whether you prefer to rent or own, McHenry County offers a variety of housing options to fit your lifestyle and budget near Centegra Hospital-McHenry and your continuity clinic. Apartments, condominiums, town homes and standalone housing provide convenience and ample space for resident physicians.

Q: What recreational facilities are nearby for residents?

A: Centegra’s Health Bridge Fitness Centers are located in Crystal Lake and Huntley. Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center is the only medically-based fitness and wellness center in the area, offering indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts, along with personal trainers, group fitness classes and a variety of other recreational programs. 

The cities and villages of McHenry County are home to several acres of parks and recreational facilities. From soccer and basketball to ice hockey, lacrosse and bowling, adult leagues can be found in the county.

The McHenry County Conservation District manages more than 25,000 acres of diverse lands with 33 sites open to the public. The venues offer hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails as well as campsites, fishing and educational facilities.

McHenry County attracts award-winning artists to its many theaters and performance venues. No matter the time of year, community members can choose from a variety of stage and musical performances and enjoy fine art displays and presentations.

Q: Do you have an advisor program to help residents achieve their goals?

A: Yes. You will have an opportunity to choose an advisor once you’ve had a chance to get to know the faculty.

Q: What are the program’s strengths?

A: We have a well structured environment with continuous faculty support 24/7. We have a very generous duty hour schedule and will have electives for all specialty rotations during the three years. Night call will only be while on night medicine 4 weeks a year. Otherwise there is no overnight call for trainees.

Q: How many patients will I carry as an intern?

A: You will have no more than 5 new patients assigned in a 24 hour period of time. The maximum number of patients you will responsible for providing ongoing care is 10.

Q: How many hours will I work?

A: The average number of hours at work per week is 52 [averaged over the entire year]

Q: What is night float?

A: We use a system of night medicine where the overnight trainee starts on call at 7 pm and goes off duty at 7 am. Regular rounds during the overnight are done with the nocturnal hospitalist on duty with the overnight call team.

Q: Do you have externships/observership positions?

A: We are unable to sponsor such positions at this time.