Becoming a Resident

Learn how to apply to a Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Residency Program!

Applicants are now being accepted through ERAS for NGMC's General Surgery and Internal Medicine residency programs. The application process is specific to each specialty program. We will match our first set of  Internal Medicine and General Surgery PGY-1 residents through the NRMP in March 2019.
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

All applicants for Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) residency programs must participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Our program is ACGME accredited and only accepts applications from ERAS*.

Your Dean’s Office can assist you in submitting your application along with other appropriate supporting documents. Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted.

*ERAS ® streamlines the residency application process for applicants, their Designated Dean’s Offices, Letter of Recommendation (LoR) authors and program directors. By providing applicants the ability to build and deliver their application and supporting materials individually or as a package to programs, ERAS provides a centralized but flexible solution to the residency application and documents distribution process.

Required Documents

Applicants are screened by looking at the quality of their entire application. Applicants who meet NGMC’s selection criteria will be invited for an interview. Interview and selection criteria may vary from program to program.

ERAS application

  • USMLE Step 1 score or Comlex Part 1 score
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)

Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 2 or Comlex Part 2 to start the program.

We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 or Comlex Part 2 before December 31 to permit reporting of scores before the deadline of final rank list submissions. Reporting of USMLE scores can take approximately 8 weeks. While not required, all applicants who have already matriculated from medical school are encouraged to have completed USMLE Step 3 or Comlex Part 3.

Interview Selection Process

Personal interviews are by invitation only and are based on the applicant’s academic performance, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comlex scores*, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments as detailed in the ERAS application.  We do not have predetermined cutoff scores which would preclude you from applying. We use a comprehensive look to determine best fit with the program. Interviews will be conducted on selected dates between October and January, and invitations to interview are extended by email.

NGMC is committed to equal opportunity for all students and physicians who apply to the residency programs and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, appointment and retention of residents. NGMC does not discriminate with regard to race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation (including gender identity) or status as a protected veteran.

Resident Selection (Match)

All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The appointments are made in March. You must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.

*U.S. applicants must schedule USMLE or Comlex exams and report their Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS or Part 1 or 2 Comlex scores to ensure that NGMC can download the results of these exams before the NRMP rank list deadline in mid-February. All pass-fail results need to be submitted to the program at the time they are obtained by the trainee.

Credentialing and Start Date

Resident physicians must be fully credentialed by the NGMC Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) prior to commencement of their respective training program and prior to reappointment to the program. As such, programs as well as all residents must comply with appointment and credentialing requirements as outlined in this policy. Appointment to a NGMC training program is conditional and contingent upon successful completion of the appointment and credentialing process, which includes the satisfactory completion of the criminal background check process, verification of satisfactory prior training (if applicable) and eligibility for employment in the United States and in the State of Georgia.

Programs and trainees must also comply with the credentialing requirements of other participating training sites. Residents may not commence with training at these sites until all required appointment and credentialing documentation as required by each site has been received.

The first year of residency normally begins on the third Monday in June and includes a required two-week orientation. The academic year begins on July 1 and ends on the following June 30.

International Students

Well-qualified international medical school graduates may be considered for admission into NGMC’s GME residency programs. International medical graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

We will partner with the ECFMG to sponsor J1 Visas only.

Salary and Benefit Information

Resident Annual Salary – 2019-2020

  • PGY-1 – $55,000
  • PGY-2 – $57,500
  • PGY-3 – $59,500
  • PGY-4 – $61,500
  • PGY-5 – $63,500

PDO

  • PGY-1 and PGY-2 – up to 20 days
  • PGY-3 – up to 22 days
  • PGY-4 – up to 24 days
  • PGY-5, PGY-6 and chief resident – up to 27 days

Educational Stipend 

  • PGY-1    $800
  • PGY-2   $1,500
  • PGY-3 and above $3,000

Other Benefits

Residents will also receive health insurance including pharmacy benefits, vision coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability, 401k and relocation coverage.

NGMC GME detailed salary and benefit information.

Sample Contract

GME sample contract

For more information about salary or benefits, contact the NGMC GME Office at
770-219-8730 or gme@nghs.com.

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