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The application process begins with an application submitted to the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Paper applications are not accepted.

Requirements for application

Graduation from an approved United States or Canadian medical school or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification for graduates of other medical schools outside the U.S. Graduates of foreign medical schools should be certain that their visa status will permit completion of training and that they qualify for Pennsylvania state licensure before applying to the program.

  • Completion of an approved three-year residency in internal medicine at an accredited three-year program
  • License or eligibility for permanent and unrestricted license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • For those applicants who are not U.S. citizens, visa status should be documented


Fellows are expected to become certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine at the earliest opportunity and certainly before completion of their fellowship.

Examination sequence acceptable to the board

All applicants must send a copy of scores from licensure exams from any of the listed sequence to ERAS. Any complete sequence is acceptable to the board. Additionally, international graduates applying must possess a valid ECFMG certificate.

  • NBME Parts I, II and III
  • FLEX Component 1 and 2
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 or COMLEX 1, 2 and 3
  • NBME Part I or USMLE Step 1
    • Plus NBME Part II or USMLE Step 2
    • Plus NBME Part III or USMLE Step 3
  • Flex Component 1
    • Plus USMLE Step 3
    • Or NBME Part I or USMLE Step 1
    • Plus NBME Part II or USMLE Step 2
    • Plus FLEX Component 2

Required documentation

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter or medical student performance evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation from your current program

We would like to see a letter from your program director, one from another faculty member and one from a current colleague.

  • ECFMG (international graduates)
  • A copy of your scores from licensure exams (FLEX or board scores); See examination sequence acceptable to the board (above)
  • Original transcript of grades

After the application is complete, the file will be given to the Nephrology Fellowship program director for review and possible interview. Interviews are scheduled between September and October. Submit all letters of reference and information through ERAS. Our program does not accept paper documentation. Any paper documentation sent to our office will not be associated with your file. All documentation must come through ERAS.

Program requirements for international medical graduates

  • Recent U.S. clinical training in an ACGME-approved program and three letters from program
  • Recent graduate of medical school preferred
  • Valid ECFMG certificate
  • Principal/dean's letter and transcript
  • Pass USMLE - USMLE transcript required

Contact us

Kendra Rockwell
Program Administrator
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822

Ion D Bucaloiu MD, FACP, FASN
Program Director
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822