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An applicant for postgraduate medical training must be a graduate of a medical school recognized for its quality of education.
For U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a medical school that has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
For U.S. osteopathic medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a medical school that has been accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
For non-U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates, the applicant must be a graduate of a college/university found on the Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California list posted on the Michigan Medicine website, affiliation with a school on the approved list is not sufficient.
Successful completion of a background check is a condition of employment.
Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening is a condition of employment.
Non-US citizens are required to have one of the following: a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG; have a valid Permanent Resident (green card) status; in the process of pursuing a green card application and hold a valid EAD on the basis of that application that the U-M International Center has reviewed and determined the probability that the EAD will remain valid or can be extended for the duration of the training program; or have an EAD card associated with the granting of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Within very limited circumstances, exceptions by the University to allow employment and clinical credentialing on another visa may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Program Director and must be prospectively approved by the GME Committee.
For training programs that have required rotations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), an applicant must be eligible to be credentialed to work at the VAMC. For males, who are U.S. citizens or who lived in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 26 this includes registering with the Selective Service System.
Graduates of foreign medical schools are required to hold a current, valid certificate from the ECFMG, in addition to meeting the medical school requirements listed above.
Completion of the applicable examinations is required:
MD — USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK
DO — COMLEX Step 1 & 2
Dentists — NBDE Steps 1 & 2
Podiatrists — NBPME Part 1 and 2 (Class of 2015 and after [excluding Class of 2016], part 2 written & CSPE)
A State of Michigan Medical License and Controlled Substance License (Educational Limited or Permanent) is required. Any house officer with a permanent medical license must also obtain a personal Federal DEA license.
If a full medical license will be sought upon entry or during training (due to exceeding eligibility years for Educational Limited License or another reason) attempts to pass any USMLE Step taken after December 6, 2016 must not exceed a total of 3 attempts.
Individuals applying for licensure, or renewing, shall complete training that meets specific criteria in identifying victims of human trafficking. You can view a training video that meets the standards established by the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Individuals applying for a controlled substance license must have completed a 1-time Controlled Substance Awareness Training course. For your convenience, a training video that meets the standards established by the State of Michigan Board of Pharmacy Administrative Rules can be found below.
Specific to specialties, life support training courses are a requirement prior to the clinical start date. The program administrator can provide the course(s) required for your specialty.
Incoming PGY-1s: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required prior to the clinical start date and is offered during orientation.
Incoming PGY-2s and higher: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required as part of clinical credentialing and is a pre-hire condition of employment.
Completion of the OHS preplacement assessment, including providing proof of immunity/vaccination to certain communicable diseases and if needed obtaining any immunizations/vaccinations.
For more information on the annual salary and some of the essential aspects of benefits, view the Salary & Benefits page.