Department of OBGYN

Application & Interview Process

Application Process

Our program is a participant in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All applicants to our program and all application materials must be submitted using ERAS. The program sponsors J-1 visas.  International medical graduates (IMGs) can contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for the application materials and should reference the information below for program requirements for IMGs.  On average each year, the program receives 1,000 applications from both U.S. medical students and international medical graduates for our nine first-year positions.  Approximately 130 applicants are interviewed each year.  Our current resident class has an average USMLE Step 1 score of 245 and an average USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge score of 259. 


A completed ERAS application consists of the following:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • Three to four letters of recommendation (with one letter being from the Ob/Gyn Chair of your medical school)
  • MSPE
  • Official Transcript of Grades (from all medical schools attended)
  • Required Score Reports (passing scores on the first attempt):

USMLE - Steps 1 and 2 CK (CS if applicable)


COMLEX-USA - Levels 1 and 2 (CE & PE) 

In addition to the above requirements, graduates of international, non-LCME accredited medical schools need to provide current, valid ECFMG certification and a letter of recommendation from the program director of your ACGME-accredited training program.  Only international medical graduate applicants who have completed, or who will complete, 12 months of ACGME-accredited training are eligible to apply to the program.  The program sponsors J-1 visas.


Timeline for Review and Interview Processes

The program will follow the recommended standards for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency application and virtual interview processes.  The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) recommend these specialty-wide standards for the 2021-2022 application cycle/2022 Match.  These recommendations are based on data collected over the past two interview cycles, discussions at the CREOG retreats; CREOG and APGO meetings; the post-interview match debrief with program directors and managers; and survey feedback provided after the 2020-2021 residency application process from applicants, program directors and managers, clerkship directors, deans of student affairs, and the Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One project workgroups.  

  • October 1, 2021, is the deadline for receipt of ALL ERAS application materials.
    • The Admissions Committee will only review ERAS applications if all requested application materials are received by October 1, 2021.
  • The first wave of invitations will be extended to applicants on October 19, 2021, with rolling offers thereafter if all interview slots are not filled. 
  • The program will limit the interview invitations to the number of released interview slots.
  • Applicants have a 48-hour window to respond once an invitation is extended.
  • Only the exact number of interview slots will be offered as the number of invited applicants.
  • Interviews will be conducted as indicated below.   
  • All applicants will receive an email regarding their final status (interview, reject, waitlist) before December 19, 2021


All interviews will be conducted virtually using the following platforms:  Thalamus GMEMicrosoft Teams, and Google Drive.  The program will interview approximately 130 applicants which is a similar amount to the number of interviews that we conducted in previous years.  Interviews will be conducted on weekdays.  We hope that the vast offering of interview days will assist the applicant in maneuvering the virtual interview process.  Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled on the following dates:  

Wednesday, October 27, 7:45 am-12:30 pm  Tuesday, October 26, 7:30-9:00 pm
Friday, November 12, 1:00 pm-5:45 pm Thursday, November 11, 7:30-9:00 pm
Thursday, November 18, 1:00 pm-5:45 pm Wednesday, November 17, 7:30-9:00 pm
Monday, December 6, 7:45 am-12:30 pm Sunday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 pm
Monday, December 6, 1:00 pm-5:45 pm Sunday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 15, 7:45 am-12:30 pm Tuesday, December 14, 7:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 15, 1:00 pm-5:45 pm Tuesday, December 14, 7:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday, January 5, 7:45 am-12:30 pm Tuesday, January 4, 7:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday, January 5, 1:00 pm-5:45 pm Tuesday, January 4, 7:30-9:00 pm

Communication with the Program

The UPMC Medical Education Obstetrics and Gynecology residency is committed to the integrity of the Match process.   The Program Directors will not reach out to communicate with applicants during the application, interview, or ranking process.  While we welcome follow-up questions from interviewed applicants related to our training program,  Thank you notes and letters of intent are discouraged.


NRMP Match Participation Agreement (NRMP Program Code:  1652220C0)

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the NRMP's Match Participation Agreement for Applicants and Programs, the UPMC Medical Education Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program is making the following documents available to all applicants.  Applicants are encouraged to review these documents before their interview but should review them before submitting their Rank Order List:


ACGME Board Speciality Information (Program Accreditation ID:  2204111258) 

The ACGME is the accrediting agency for the UPMC Medical Education Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program and requires training programs to provide applicants with information related to their eligibility for the relevant specialty board examination. In accordance with the ACGME requirement, you should review the information on Board eligibility on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology's website.