Residency Program

The graduates of our Medical University are completely qualified in taking part in residency training and licensure in the United States. The Clinical Rotation Program, one of the programs in their curriculum, organized in hospitals and clinical centers under great supervision in the United States, is the strength of Columbus Central University, which is believed to be one of the aspects a graduate can undergo on his way to become a doctor. So, we give special importance to students for preparing them for their USMLE and offer them the best Clinical Rotation Program.

Eligibility Criteria for Residency Program

  • Students must complete all required coursework.
  • Pass USMLE Step 1 in three or fewer attempts
  • Pass USMLE Step 2 in three or fewer attempts
  • Meet all financial obligations of the medical college;
  • Have all the required administrative documentation on file.
  • Graduate diploma
  • The ECFMG certificate is required to enter residency and to obtain licensure.

Note: Residency program begins on July 1st every year. Documents listed above are to be submitted by May 31st.

USMLE – The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has four parts, leading to licensure.

The USMLE First Step is taken immediately after the completion of the Basic Sciences or within the first nine weeks of Clinical Science; that is, at the end of Semester 6.
Note: Core Rotations are available only to students who have passed the First Step of the USMLE. A student who has completed a minimum of 48 weeks of clinical training including Internal Medicine and who has passed USMLE First Step is eligible to be certified to take the USMLE.

Second Step CK (Clinical Knowledge) and Second Step CS (Clinical Skills). International medical graduates (IMGs) who are certified by ECFMG or pursuing ECFMG Certification should be familiar with these regulations. ECFMG is an agency which validates the education of all foreign medical graduates.

Note: Students have to pass Second Step CK & CS in a maximum of three attempts and within two calendar years of becoming eligible, to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbus Central University.

USMLE Step 3, the final step for licensure, is taken after graduation or during (or at the conclusion) of residency training.

For more detailed information please do visit the USMLE website.

Obtaining A Residency Position

The application procedure is a little complex, and deadlines are more crucial. Applications are accepted from JULY to DECEMBER for Residency Programs. Therefore students can get applications to all the projects and programs in which they have an interest. Interviews are conducted from September to January. Students invited in the middle must attempt the interview without fail.

The best way to be familiarized with programs is to get a copy of the American Medical Association (AMA) Graduate Medical Education Directory (also called the “green book”) from any medical library or it can be purchased from any book store. This book lists the programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a unanimous placement service, which significantly optimizes the chances of getting a residency position. Applications have to be submitted between July and October.

Note: Applications can be obtained from NRMP’s website.

Eligibility Criterion for NRMP

  • Students must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS, by December of the year before which they wish to enter residency training.
  • Students must be scheduled to graduate medical school on or before May 31.
  • Upon registering with the NRMP, students should apply for their interested residency program and undergo an interview

The process followed for Selection into Match Program

  • In February, students are required to submit a “rank order list” to the NRMP. It’s a preference list of the programs in the order of most desirable to the least.
  • Simultaneously, all the residency programs submit their rank order lists of the candidates they have interviewed.
  • A computerized system begins the matching process and results are released in March.


  • A student, who was matched at a specific program is obligated to start the residency.
  • A student, who has failed to match or is not eligible to enter the NRMP, will be still able to apply to residency programs by obtaining a position “outside the match”.
  • Simultaneously with the NRMP results released in March, a publication listing all unfilled residency positions is sent to all those who had participated in the NRMP but failed to match.

Transcripts and Recommendations

All residency programs as part of the application process require:

  1. All attended medical schools transcript(s),
  2. A Dean’s Letter from a current school
  3. Three letters of recommendation

Most programs require the transcripts and Dean’s Letter (is a document issued by the Dean of Clinical Science that contains information about a student’s academic performance )to be official (sent directly from the school) and the letters of recommendation to be confidential (sent directly from the prescribed persons). For some programs, however, it may be possible to send unofficial copies of the transcript and letters directly with the application, and then have official/ confidential originals sent only if the student is invited for an interview. Students should verify this issue with each program, before sending the application.

Note: Students are required to submit a Dean’s Letter Request Form (downloadable from our website) to the Clinical Department for their Dean’s Letter. The Department will require a resume and an individual statement to be sent along with each request.

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