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How to Apply - Family Medicine Residency Program


We invite you to consider St. Joseph's Medical Center located in Stockton, CA, as you make your residency program selection.

Application Process

Application to the Family Medicine residency Program must be made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), utilizing the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must meet all requirements in order to be considered. 

Required Materials

Should you decide to proceed and apply to our program please include the following items along with your ERAS application: 

  • Personal Statement 
  • Current CV
  • Dean’s letter from US grads/ECFMG from international medical school graduates. Note that approved schools are determined by using the California Medical Board’s List of Recognized Schools. 
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation from most recent third and fourth year rotations. A minimum of two letters from each year of clinical rotations. Please include a letter of recommendation from a Family Medicine attending physician who has worked closely with you. 
  • Graduation from an approved medical school determined by using the California Medical Board’s list of recognized schools within the last two years
  • USMLE or COMLEX Transcripts. Maximum one failure in either USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2-CK/COMLEX Level 2-CE 
  • No failures in USMLE Step 2-CS/COMLEX Level 2-PE 
  • Photographs are appreciated, but not required 

International Medical Graduates (IMGs): In addition to the requirements listed above, IMGs must have the following: 

  • California Medical Board Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL): A current (within one year), PTAL indicating no training deficiencies, before beginning postgraduate training in our Family Medicine Residency Program is required. The Medical Board of California verifies the medical education of all residency candidates and issues a PTAL to approved applicants. This process may take several months; therefore, you need to complete an application as soon as possible. IMGs who have not yet graduated must complete the PTAL application with the Medical Board and submit a copy of the application receipt. Interviews may be granted to IMGs without a PTAL if they have recently graduated or they are currently enrolled in medical school and they meet the other application criteria. For further information please contact: Medical Board of California, Licensing Program, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200, Sacramento, CA 95815, Tel 916.263.2382, Fax (916) 263-2487, http://www.mbc.ca.gov/

  • ECFMG Certification: An ECFMG Certificate is required before you will be granted an interview. IMGs who have not yet graduated, must complete the application with the ECFMG. Interviews may be granted to IMGs without an ECFMG Certificate if they are currently enrolled in medical school and they meet the other application criteria. For further information please contact: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Tel 215.386.5900, http://ecfmg.org/ 

J-1 Visas: St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton, Dignity Health accepts J-1 visas but does not provide any visa sponsorship or any immigrant or nonimmigrant Visas. Noncitizens will be asked to provide a copy of a document that establishes employment authorization by the date of their interview. Further J-1 visa information is available at: http://www.ecfmg.org/evsp 

Factors important in the resident selection process include:

  • Graduation from an approved medical school determined by using the California Medical Board list of recognized schools within the past two years
  • Academic qualifications
  • Dependability, responsibility, maturity, courtesy, confidence
  • Leadership skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sense of humor and work ethic
  • US Clinical Experience
  • We will not accept applications from students who have failed USMLE Step 2CS or COMPLEX Level 2PE or who have more than one failure on USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK; or COMPLEX Level 1 or Step 2 CE
  • Applicants from the Central Valley of California will be strongly considered

For more information please contact:

Lori Perreira
Family Medicine Residency Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency Program 
St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton
1800 North California Street
Stockton, CA  95204
[email protected]