How To Apply

How do I apply to the Residency program?

All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and applicants must register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

When is the deadline for application?

All applications must be submitted by November 15th.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

Yes. In addition to meeting the above requirements, we prefer:

  • Meaningful US clinical experience of at least two months
  • Strong interest in Internal Medicine
  • > For H-1B visa sponsorship, Step 3 results must be available prior to April
  • ECFMG Certification is not required at the time of application but must be completed prior to the start of residency.
Do you sponsor visas?

We sponsor J1 and H-1B visas. 

What is required for a complete application for the Categorical and Preliminary Programs? 
  • ERAS application
  • NRMP Registration
  • Three letters of reference
  • MSPE Letter (US Graduates)
  • USMLE Step 1 must be completed before applying. Step 2 CK and CS completion is required for International Medical Graduates. A score of 215 or higher on first attempt is desired.
  • Should have graduated within the last 5 years unless there has been extensive residency and/or fellowship training and ongoing clinical responsibility
Do you offer observerships and externships?

Unfortunately, observerships and externships are not offered. 

When are interviews conducted?

Interviews start in October and continue through the second week of January. All interview invitations are sent through ERAS and Interview Broker.

Can I check up on the status of my application?

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we cannot check the individual status of each application, nor can we answer individual inquiries.

How many positions are there in the Categorical Internal Medicine Program?

We accept 10 residents per year.

How many positions are there in the Preliminary Year Program?

We accept up to 8 residents per year.

Does the hospital use Electronic Medical Records (EMR)?

Yes, Cerner/OneChart

How are residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated by their peers and attending’s using an online program called New Innovations. All residents are also assigned a faculty adviser, who they meet with to assess their progress throughout the year.

Is there a night float service?

Yes. Both Medical Floors and ICU have a night float service.

Are there moonlighting opportunities for residents?

Residents have an opportunity to moonlight beginning in their third year of residency. Residents must still adhere to the 80 hours per week work limit set by the ACGME.

Does St. Vincent’s Medical Center have any academic affiliations?

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is currently affiliated with the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, The University of Connecticut and New York Medical College.

Can residents do electives or rotations at other hospitals?

St. Vincent’s offers electives in all of the sub-specialties of medicine and surgery, in addition to psychiatry, dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology and radiation/oncology. Any elective not offered at St. Vincent’s can be completed at another hospital subject to the approval of the Program Director. This includes clinical, international and research electives.

Resident Benefits

What are the salaries for residents?

Resident salaries are competitive for the northeast area

Does the program provide housing for residents?

The hospital doesn't provide housing; however, residents receive a $200 per month housing stipend. Most of our residents live in apartments, townhouses or houses in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, Milford or Trumbull.

Does the program provide a meal plan?

Residents receive a stipend of $150.00 per month to use toward the purchase of food.

Is there parking?

There is free parking for all residents in a covered garage.

How much vacation do residents get?

Residents get four weeks of vacation per academic year.

Are residents allowed to attend conferences?

Residents who have a presentation accepted at a national meeting are encouraged  to attend. 

What healthcare benefits are offered?

A health and dental insurance plan is offered for residents and their families through Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield - SmartHealth.

Does the hospital provide daycare services?

While St. Vincent’s Medical Center doesn't provide daycare services, there are several daycare centers close to the hospital.

Life in Bridgeport

Are there things to do around here?

You'll never run out of fun things to do in or around Fairfield County CT. 

Do you need a car?

Most residents have a car but you can get around Bridgeport with public transportation (Greater Bridgeport Transit). The Metro North train links Bridgeport to New York City and the other towns in Connecticut.

How far away is New York City and Boston?

Both cities are between one and two hours away.