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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that the Institution have written policies and procedures for the recruitment and appointment of residents. In addition, the Institution must monitor the compliance of each program with these procedures.
Eligibility and Selection of Residents/Fellows

  • Programs should select from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.
  • Programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.
  • An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications as established by the ACGME:
    • A graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
    • A graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States or Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or,
    • A graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualification:
      • Holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or,
      • Holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or,
      • Has graduated from a medical school outside the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  • MD applicants entering a residency training program at UVM Medical Center must have passed Step 1 and 2 (CK and CS) of USMLE prior to employment start date.
  • DO applicants entering a residency training program at Fletcher Allen must have passed Step 1 and 2 (CE and PE) of COMLEX prior to employment start date.
    • Specific residency programs may require DO applicants to have passed Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE prior to employment start date.  DO applicants should contact the UVM Medical Center residency program for further information.
  • Residents shall not be re-appointed if s/he has not passed USMLE Step 3 (MDs) or COMLEX Part 3 (DOs) and be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Vermont prior to the start of their PGY-3 year.
  • Each program determines the appropriate maximum number of years allowable post medical school or completion of a previous residency training program.
  • Anyone entering a UVM Medical Center fellowship must be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Vermont.