Ascension Providence Spartan Providence-Providence Park Hospital/MSU CHM

Providence-Providence Park Hospital
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Application Information

Please note that all the information below was updated for the 2018 Match.
Due to excessive requests, the Program Director will no longer be answering questions directly regarding any of the information listed on this website.

General Requirements

Please note that all positions will be listed through the AAMC Match; there will be no outside offers. Additionally, no application will be reviewed that is emailed, mailed, faxed or otherwise submitted outside ERAS.

The following outlines the requirements for applying to our OB/Gyn Program.

  • ERAS Application submitted through AAMC. If you need information about ERAS, please see your medical schools Deans office or check the ERAS website. All documents listed will only be accepted through ERAS submission.
  • Three letters of recommendation. A letter from the Chairman of your school’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is desirable, but not absolutely necessary. You should encourage the writer to send his/her letter as soon as possible after you submit your application.
  • Dean’s letter.
  • Medical school transcript.
  • Personal Statement.
  • USMLE transcript that includes Step I and, if available, Step II scores. Note: Step II required before ranking
  • Applications are accepted from any LCME or AOA Accredited US Medical School. Applicants must have graduated within the last 5 years. Please see the tab above for International Graduates.

Application FAQ

There are a number of questions every year regarding the application process. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked.

  • Will my application be considered if I did not pass Step I or II on the first attempt?
    No, it will not be. There have been several applicants over the years that have tried to make themselves the exception to this rule. Test taking skills are not the only trait that makes a successful physician, but those that score well typically do better on Specialty Board Exams. In addition, our program has gotten quite competitive and we have no problems filling the positions with those that have passed.
  • How will my USMLE Scores factor into the decision to offer me an interview?
    The answer to this is different every year. While we have a defined minimum (passing on the first attempt), this is not always our minimum acceptable score. Every year, applications are evaluated to determine the average scores for the year. If you are in the bottom 25% of those scores, it is likely you will not be offered an interview.
  • I went to an Osteopathic School, do I need to take USMLE or can I take COMLEX?
    We do not have a hard and fast rule on COMLEX, but it is difficult to evaluate how you compare to those who have taken USMLE. As a result, USMLE is typically viewed more favorably.
  • I graduated from an International Medical School outside the United States. Will you consider me?
    Our rules regarding IMG's are listed under the tab above. Please note, these are absolute requirements and there will be no exceptions.
  • Do I have to do an Elective during medical school to be considered for your program?
    No, that is not a requirement. Over the years, many of our residents have done these rotations during medical school. These rotations have allowed us to see how great they were, but the bigger reason they ended up here is probably because they saw what the program was like.
  • What are you looking for in a resident and application?
    We are looking for a motivated student who is able to work well with others and has the academic background to be successful in passing specialty board exams. Clearly, there is a lot of debate as to which characteristics will predict this type of success. While USMLE scores are a good surrogate for test taking skills, these scores are considered in light of the school transcripts. All the other factors are much more subjective and can be pulled from any part of the application.
  • When will I be notified if I am selected for an interview or not?
    For the last few years, we have received more applications than our committee has the ability to review in a timely fashion. As such, our interview invitations are extended on a rolling basis until the slots are filled. Further invites will be extended if there are cancellations. Unfortunately, this means that we have no defined timeframe for notification.
  • How many applications do you receive? How many interviews do you do?
    The number of applications changes every year. For the last several years, we have gone up by about 75 new applications per year. Last year, we had around 600 applications. We typically have 9 interview days, with 5 candidates each day (for a total of 45 candidates).
  • When you formulate your Match list, what are the most important factors?
    We restrict interviews to those candidates we feel have the academic ability to be successful. As such, the final rank list is more influenced by the interview experience.
  • I have graduated from Medical School and would like to improve my chances of getting into your program with a clinical or research observership. Do you offer those?
    No, we do not. The only learners on the service are the medical students and residents (including rotators)
  • If I send you my application, will you review it and tell me if I have a good shot at getting an interview?
    No. We have about 30 applications emailed to us each year with this request. It is impossible to give anyone odds of anything unless we look at your application with all the others. As such, we will only review applications submitted through ERAS.

International Medical Graduates

We accept applications from international medical graduates, but only if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have green card or be a permanent citizen. We will sponsor J1 Visa.
  • Must have 1 year of experience within the US healthcare system. This can occur as either a medical student or as a resident.
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the last 5 years.

Please note, an applicant will only be considered if ALL of the above criteria are met. Unfortunately, exceptions will NOT be considered.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Fourth Year Electives

Fourth Year Elective Policy

We get multiple requests every year for fourth year student electives in the OB/Gyn Department. In the past, these have been assigned on a “first come, first serve” basis.

In order to maximize the experience of everyone involved, we have limited the number of slots to 2 per month and implemented an application process. While we prefer to have students intent on pursuing OB/Gyn, this is not mandatory.

Please note that the initial screening of applications will be performed in early April every year. After that, initial invites will be sent out. After April 1, we will continue to evaluate applications on a rolling basis for unfilled rotations.

Please download the application, complete and return to Ellen. If you click on the icon below, it will download in the listed format.

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Please note: an application will be required for all fourth year electives in the 2018-19 Academic year.
Additionally, we suggest choosing one of the subspecialty rotations if you are trying to stand out. The more choices you put, the more likely we will be able to fit you in.

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