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Frequently Asked Questions

When is your deadline for new applications?

Nov. 1. We cannot accept applications after that date unless there are extenuating circumstances. If that is the case, please contact our residency coordinator.

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

Three, in addition to your dean’s letter.

Do you require a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE)?

No. However, we strongly encourage you to obtain a SLOE from your home institution, as well as from any other emergency department in which you rotate.

Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from emergency physicians?

No. At least one letter MUST be from an emergency medicine (EM) physician. We encourage you to ask for letters from faculty members with whom you have worked closely and who will best be able to assess your clinical and/or research abilities. However, it is recommended that two of your letters come from emergency physicians. Again, the SLOE is strongly encouraged.

Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation you will accept?

ERAS allows four letters to be sent to each residency program. We do not accept letters of recommendation submitted outside of ERAS.

How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?

All applicants will be notified by email whether they have been offered an interview or not.

When will my application be considered complete? How does this status affect my interview offer?

Completed applications include:

  1. ERAS application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (minimum of one from an EM physician—two EM letters recommended; SLOE strongly encouraged)
  5. Dean’s letter

How are interview dates assigned?

Applicants who are invited to interview receive an email notification through ERAS. Official invitations are sent through Interview Broker, where applicants can manage their own calendar by self-scheduling and re-scheduling their interview date, if needed. Applicants also can wait-list themselves for alternate interview dates.

Do you offer a travel stipend for interviews?

We are not able to offer travel stipends.

Do you provide overnight housing for interviews?

Many of our residents have offered to host applicants in their homes overnight, and we provide contact information for those residents. In addition, we provide a list of area hotels that offer discounts for visitors to Johns Hopkins.

Are there any activities the night before my interview?

Each Thursday evening during the interview season, there is a casual gathering for residents, applicants and their significant others at a Baltimore restaurant. This dinner is always well-attended by residents and applicants. You will receive information about the gathering when we confirm your interview date.

Does your program accept international medical graduates?


What kind of visa do you offer foreign nationals?

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sponsors incoming residents and fellows for J-1 ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) Alien Physician Exchange Visitor status. This applies to residents and fellows entering the school of medicine from abroad, as well as those in the U.S. with another nonimmigrant status.

The school of medicine sponsors residents with H-1B temporary worker status in limited circumstances, specifically: residents who have earned their medical degree (M.D.) in the U.S. and are currently in a clinical training program on optional practical training accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or residents who are currently completing their ACGME-accredited residency in the U.S. on an H-1B and there is sufficient H-1B time remaining for the offered residency or fellowship, or fellows who are currently completing their ACGME-accredited fellowship in the U.S. on an H-1B and there is sufficient H-1B time remaining for the offered residency or fellowship.

Do you have United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) score requirements and other specific qualification requirements for international medical graduates?

We do not have specific requirements for foreign medical graduates. Every application is considered on an individual basis. However, all international medical graduates must be certified by the ECFMG.

How do I sign up for a visiting rotation at Johns Hopkins?

To schedule a visiting elective at Johns Hopkins, please contact our School of Medicine registrar at 410-955-3080 or email

Do you participate in the Doximity residency program ranking survey?

You may be aware of a ranking system of residency programs created by Doximity in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report. Although it may seem attractive to choose programs ranked highly on the Doximity list, we believe the methodology is questionable, and the results merely represent program popularity among physicians who are members of Doximity. This list may not serve you well. Because of our concerns that it does not provide you with appropriate and meaningful guidance in choosing a best fit program, our program—and many other EM programs across the country—have opted not to participate in the Doximity survey. If you have questions about this decision, please contact us.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 6-100
Baltimore, MD 21287 · 410-955-5107