POLICY: RESIDENT ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION
The purpose of this policy is to establish an institutional procedure regarding the selection and appointment of residents to complete ACGME accredited residency or fellowship training. Only residents eligible by ACGME requirements will be recruited and appointed to FSU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs.
The FSU College of Medicine GME programs share common criteria and processes for the recruitment and selection of candidates for training in residency or fellowship programs. All eligible FSU GME programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and must abide by all rules and regulations of the NRMP. The application process meets all requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity and the Americans with Disability Act, insuring that all qualified applicants are afforded a review without discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.
An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to an ACGME-accredited FSU College of Medicine GME program:
- Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or,
- Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or,
- Graduation from a medical school outside the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following qualifications:
- Holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or,
- Holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or,
- Has graduated from a medical school outside the Unites States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program** provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
Fellowship applicants must meet one of the qualified pathways for eligibility as noted above, but in addition, must have successfully completed an ACGME accredited residency program. Exceptions to this may be non-accredited fellowship programs or research fellows.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may not be considered for any FSU College of Medicine GME programs. The program director is responsible for verification of the applicants' credentials and eligibility. In addition, each program establishes candidate review and interview procedures.
** A Fifth Pathway program is an academic year of supervised clinical education provided by an LCME-accredited medical school to students who meet the following conditions: (1) have completed, in an accredited college or university in the United States, undergraduate premedical education of the quality acceptable for matriculation in an accredited United States medical school; (2) have studied at a medical school outside the United States and Canada but listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools; (3) have completed all of the formal requirements of the foreign medical school except internship and/or social service; (4) have attained a score satisfactory to the sponsoring medical school on a screening examination; and (5) have passed either the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences, Parts I and II of the examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners, or Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Florida State University College of Medicine
Graduate Medical Education
Policies and Procedures
Revision Date April 2014
Reviewed and Approved by FSU GMEC: December 2015
Policy: Leave of Absence Guidelines
The following guidelines are designed to assist program directors in their determination of the adequacy of the clinical training of residents and to assure satisfaction of the eligibility requirements for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Of special concern are those residents on the special investigative/academic track or those residents whose training experience differs from the standard 36 months of fulltime clinical training, as approved for each program by the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME:
- In general, high priority should be given to completing 36 continuous months of fulltime dermatology training. For most residents, this will consist of full-time clinical training; for residents with a primary commitment to investigative or academic dermatology, this may be a special training track.
- Any departure from (1), for example time lost for a medical leave of absence, should be documented and fully justified in the resident evaluation forms filed annually by the training program director with the Board.
- An absence exceeding six weeks in any one academic year or a total of 14 weeks over three years, including vacation, should be approved only under truly exceptional circumstances. In addition, any resident approved to sit for the certifying examination despite such an absence should have completed each year of training in an above average or excellent manner as recorded on the annual residency evaluation forms.
- Any resident who has been absent more than six weeks in one year or 14 weeks over three years and whose performance has not been uniformly above average or excellent throughout residency training should be required to complete an additional period of training at least equal in length to the total period of absence in excess of routinely provided total vacation time. Any resident who has been absent more than six weeks in one year or 14 weeks over three years and whose performance has not been uniformly above average or excellent throughout residency training should be required to complete an additional period of training at least equal in length to the total period of absence in excess of routinely provided total vacation time. If the program director anticipates that this additional training will be completed in a satisfactory manner before September 1, a letter may be submitted to the Board requesting approval for the resident to sit for the July Certifying Examination. The letter must indicate the training period's anticipated completion date. The resident will not receive exam results or a certificate until the program director completes the annual evaluation at the conclusion of the extended training period.