Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West produces the highest quality physicians and physician-scientists by fostering a residency program that emphasizes intellectual curiosity, compassion and camaraderie. Our goal is to create doctors capable of both clinical excellence and academic leadership all in a supportive environment.

We have a rigorous program that will give you a thorough grounding in medicine whether you choose to stay with us for our highly coveted three-year program or a preliminary year. Read more

Residency is more than just studying and rounding. Living in New York, among all the geographic and ethnic diversity that this city provides is an fabulous backdrop for your training program. Read more

The hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System select trainees based on their ability and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, military status, disability, citizenship, genetic predisposition, sexual preference, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Department of Medicine accepts applications exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). In November 2015, Mount Sinai Roosevelt name was change to Mount Sinai West. The ACGME program may still reflect the old name.  The program number has not changed. Our program number is 140-35-21-301. Please select either of "Preliminary" or "Categorical" tracks.


Required Documentation

  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is written by faculty from the applicant's home institution's Department of Medicine
  • Medical school graduation: 2012 or later

While we do not have minimum score requirements for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), the average score for the candidates who successfully matched with us this year was for Step One: 235, and for Step Two CK: 246. Only applicants who cleared the USMLE or COMPLEX at first attempt will be considered.

  • We sponsor J-1 and H1-B visas
  • Clinical experience within the past two years is preferred
  • US clinical experience is not required
  • We do not offer pre-matches
  • ECFMG certification by the time of interview is helpful but not required

Application Timeline

September 15: ERAS post office opens
Late September: Begin screening applications
Early October: Begin sending interview invitations
End of October: Interviews begin
December 15: Application deadline
Mid-January: Interviews end
Late February: Rank lists entered


We interview candidates from the mid October to mid January. The interviews are conducted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Interview Day

The interview day begins at 8:00 am; a continental breakfast is served. The morning session may be either at Mount Sinai St. Luke's or at Mount Sinai West. You will hear a presentation from the program's leadership describing various features of our program, attend morning report, take a tour of the hospital and interviewed by two faculty members. You will also have lunch with the housestaff, affording you the opportunity to get to know them and ask questions. After lunch, you will be taken to the counter site by the Jitney to tour the other hospital. The tour at West will also include a visit to the subsidized resident's housing located across the street. The interview day ends at approximately 2:30 pm. For information on directions and parking, please refer to our website.

For International Medical Graduates

J-1 Exchange Visa: The J-1 has been the visa most commonly held by international medical graduates (IMGs) engaged in residency training in the United States. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals is responsible for processing of J-1 visa applications for physicians participating in clinical training programs.

H1-B Temporary Worker Visas: Under certain circumstances, Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West may sponsor international medical graduates for H1-B visas for the purpose of receiving graduate medical education training. The only candidates who will be considered for H1-B sponsorship must be categorical candidates entering a training program of at least two years in length, who are (1) ECFMG certified and (2) must have also passed the USMLE step 3 by the time of the match result (usually mid-March). All sponsored candidates for H1-B visas must use the services of the lawyer associated with our GME.

Other Work Permits: If you are expecting to receive a work permit by means other than the J-1 or H1-B visas, please review the circumstances with the program director or coordinator who will communicate this information to the GME Office.

Please note that we do not offer observerships or externships.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our application process.


How do I apply to the Internal Medicine Residency Program?

Please submit your application through ERAS using our Number (#140-35-21-301). We only participate through The Match.


What is the number of available positions in your residency program?

The numbers of positions within the residency program are:  Preliminary 19 and Categorical 42.


Do you sponsor any international visas?

Yes, we sponsor J1 and H1b visas.  Applicants must have Step 3 before The Match Day for the H1b visa.


What are the required documents for applying to our program?

  • ERAS common application form
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Minimum of three Letters of Recommendations.
  • Official Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcripts


What is your minimum score for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK & CS)?

  • While we do not have minimum score requirements for the USMLE, the average score for the candidates who successfully match with us is 240 for Step 1 and 241 for Step 2.  First attempt only.
  • The Comlex score for most of the Osteopathic that match with us is more than 600 for levels 1 and 2.


When do you begin reviewing applications?

We start reviewing applications in mid-September


What are the starting dates of the Residency Program?

The starting date for Preliminary Interns is June 17, 2017

The starting date for the Categorical is July 1, 2017


What is the deadline to apply to the Internal Medicine Residency Program?

January 2, 2017


Is there a cutoff date after graduating medical school?

We review all applications and evaluate the applicant in accordance to their academic transcripts, board scores, letters of recommendations, etc.


What is a Primary Care Track?

We are excited to offer Primary Care Track for residents interested in Primary Care career. The Track will give robust outpatient primary care exposure and experience. Details can be found on our website.


Is there any clinical experience required?

For International Medical Graduates, clinical experience within the past two years is desired. An ECFMG certification by the time of interview is helpful but not required. Typically, 1-3 months of United States clinical experience is encouraged. Having more US clinical experience will not increase your chance for an interview.


Once I have a confirmed interview, can I reschedule?

Yes, you can go to Interview Broker® and reschedule your interview date.


What if I have a specific question?

If you have specific questions, please email Given the large volume of applications, we will try to respond to your queries but cannot guarantee. We wish you all the best and much success with the Match.