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Frequently Asked Questions


How often are residents on call?

Residents are on call every fourth night, at the most. You get an average of one day off out of seven.


How many days of vacation do residents receive?

Four weeks (28 days) of PTO, vacation, or sick days.


What is Inova's history with residency programs?

Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Children's Hospital have a long history in preparing residents and medical students from nearby medical schools. We have primary residencies in family medicine, transitional medicine, podiatry, psychiatry consultation liaison, pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. We have over 100 residents from Georgetown, George Washington, and Howard universities in medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry. Many of the attending staff in our program have teaching appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University – Inova Campus.


Where do residents live? How high is the standard of living?

Most residents live within a 15-mile radius of the hospital. Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Children's Hospital are in Northern Virginia, located near the Capital Beltway in the Washington, DC, metro area. The hospitals are fairly accessible from all directions, with commutes typically ranging around 30 minutes. Northern Virginia has enjoyed explosive growth over the past 20 years. The high-tech industry is well established along the Dulles Corridor between Washington, DC, and Dulles International Airport. Fairfax County has one of the best public school systems in the country. All of this has lead to an influx of professionals and a higher standard of living.


Does the program participate in ERAS and match?

Yes.


What are the restrictions on year of graduation?

An applicant has to be a graduate of medical school within the last 5 years.


What are the minimum score requirements for USMLE?

An applicant needs a minimum score of 220.


Do you sponsor H and J1 visas?

ECFMG sponsors J1 visas and the institution sponsors H1; we do accept both visas.


Do you require applicants to be certified by the ECFMG before the interview?

No, an applicant needs to be certified by ECFMG by the time he/she matches with us.


Do you require U.S. clinical experience from applicants?

Yes, our program requires a mandatory three months of US clinical experience.


Do you consider observership as US clinical experience?

No.


Do you offer observership or externship?

No.


Do you require any non-US clinical experience?

No.


Does the program consider applications from foreign medical graduates?

Yes.


What is the last date of applying for the program?

November 30.


Does the program require USMLE step 2 CS passing in the first attempt?

Yes.


How many categorical and preliminary positions does the program offer each year?

Our program has four categorical positions available each year. No preliminary positions are currently offered.


Is pre-match offered?

No.


Does passing USMLE step 3 increase the competitiveness of the applicant?

No.


Can I apply with step 1 and step 2 CS, and give step 2 CK after my application, such that I make sure my results of step 2 CK are available before the deadline for application?

Yes.


Are there specific requirements regarding letters of recommendations?

We require three letters of recommendation from US or Canadian physicians, including, if possible, the chair of surgery or designee and a dean's letter (or equivalent). International medical graduates must have letters of recommendation which clearly document US or Canadian clinical experience.