Application and Selection Process
The Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and abides by the NRMP's regulations in the recruitment and selection of all residents.
Applications are accepted ONLY through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Please do not e-mail your ERAS application to us for review in advance of submission through ERAS, or simultaneously to such submission; such applications will not be reviewed under any circumstances. Only applications submitted electronically through ERAS will be reviewed. Again: given the volume of applications, any application materials submitted by e-mail, any links to other web sites, will not be reviewed; only ERAS applications will be reviewed through our usual process.
Your ERAS application must include three letters of reference, a letter of reference from the Dean of your medical school (once available, usually around November 1st), a copy of your USMLE scores, and a copy of your medical school transcript.
Review and Selection
Once a completed ERAS application is received and favorably reviewed by the Program Director, per application criteria, you may be invited to interview. You can then contact the Medical Education Office, in order to arrange an interview date. (Of note, interviews may be scheduled prior to our receipt, usually around November 1st, of your medical school's Dean's Letter.)
If this date is acceptable, you will then receive a confirmation letter, as well as information about the interview day itself, which will include interviews with faculty and ample time to interact with residents. In advance of your visit, residents and faculty will have access to your non-academic information (CV and Personal Statement).
In general, interviewees are evaluated on the following basis:
- Academic performance and letters of reference
- Activities and interests
- Personality traits/interview
- Quality of fit with the residency
The Program Director evaluates all candidates on all four merits. Residents and faculty evaluate applicants only on the last two. The resulting ratings are used to generate a preliminary rank-order list of candidates. Residents and faculty participate in finalizing the rank-order list, with the Program Director providing overall approval prior to submission.
The Role of the MEAC
Prior to and during the interview season, the residency's Medical Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) reviews current recruitment and interviewing policies and procedures and approves any proposed changes. The MEAC also reviews the general criteria for selection of applicants as well as the qualifications of each year’s group of candidates. Finally, the MEAC addresses regional and national issues affecting the recruitment, selection and qualifications of applicants, and studies feedback from interviewed students on the program’s recruitment efforts, with a goal toward improving those efforts.
For More Information
Please contact us by e-mail, mail, or phone to request more information about our program or about the application or selection process.
Write or call:
Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation
1260 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403