How To Apply

How to apply to a Northeast Georgia Medical Center Residency and Fellowship Program

We will accept applications for our Residency and Fellowship programs through ERAS during the traditional application cycles. 

During application season, potential applicants will first complete their application through the ERAS, or Electronic Residency Application Service. Applicants who meet NGMC’s selection criteria for their respective program will be invited via email for an interview during the required interview season. Applicants will need to provide results for the USMLE or Comlex exams before the NRMP rank list deadline. Following the NRMP match, the newly accepted residents will begin orientation around mid-June. Fellows will start on July 1.

Below, applicants will find all the details they need to know for each step of the application process.

ERAS Application Process

The first step to applying for a residency position at Northeast Georgia Medical Center is to submit your application along with other appropriate supporting documents through ERAS. Your Dean’s Office can assist you with this process. Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted.

What is ERAS?

ERAS ®, or the Electronic Residency Application Service, 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.

Our program is ACGME accredited and only accepts applications from ERAS.

What documents do I need to apply through ERAS?

Once registered for MyERAS, potential residents will complete their ERAS application and submit the following supporting documents:

  • 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.

*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.

Are there cutoff scores?

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.

How will I know if I have an interview?

Interviews will be conducted on selected dates during interview season. Invitations to interview are extended through the ERAS system.

NGMC is committed to equal opportunity for all students and physicians who apply to our residency and fellowship programs and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, appointment and retention of residents and fellows. 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.

Interview Selection Process

Personal interviews are by invitation only and are based on the information in the applicant’s ERAS application, including:

  • Academic performance
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comlex scores*
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Other accomplishments

Residency Match Process (The Match)

All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must register through the NRMP website in addition to submitting their application through ERAS.

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)
  • Eligibility for employment in the United States and in the State of Georgia.
  • Eligibility for Licensure with the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

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 with orientation beginning 10 business days prior to July 1. Orientation is required. Pay begins on the first day of orientation.

Fellows begin training on July 1.

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-Physician Salaries, Academic year 2022-2023

  • PGY-1 – $60,008
  • PGY-2 – $62,088
  • PGY-3 – $64,168
  • PGY-4 – $66,248
  • PGY-5 – $68,985
  • PGY-6 – $71,085
  • PGY-7 – $73,185
  • PGY-8 – $75,285


Residents may take up to 3 weeks of vacation (15 days). Vacations must be requested in 1-week (Monday-Friday) blocks and approved by the Program Director and Program Coordinator. Specific rotations or calendar dates may be excluded from vacations as determined by each program. The weekend prior or the weekend immediately following approved vacations may be scheduled off as determined by the program. Some flexibility of the Monday-Friday vacation policy may be given for interviews in the senior years.

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.

2021 Benefits At A Glance

Sample Contract GME sample contract For more information about salary or benefits, contact the NGMC GME Office at 770-219-8730 or

Helpful Links

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program anticipates interviewing candidates fall 2022 and will train two fellows for one year. Fellows will begin working with patients on July 1, 2023.