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Resident Eligibility

The MSM Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program will select from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness and ability to benefit from the program to which they have applied. Aptitude, academic credentials, the ability to communicate effectively, personal characteristics such as motivation and integrity, and the ability to function within parameters expected of a practitioner in the specialty shall be considered in the selection process.

The following are the institution’s Technical Standards and Essential Functions for Appointment and Promotion information:

I. Introduction

Medicine is an intellectually, physically, and psychologically demanding profession. All phases of medical education require knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary for the practice of medicine and throughout a professional career. Those abilities that Residents must possess to practice safely are reflected in the technical standards that follow. These technical standards/essential functions are to be understood as requirements for training in all Morehouse School of Medicine residencies and are not to be construed as competencies for practice in any given specialty.

Individual programs may require more stringent standards or more extensive abilities as appropriate to the requirements for training in that specialty.

Residents in Graduate Medical Education programs must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodation (see Section III).

II. Standards


Observation requires the functional use of vision, hearing and somatic sensations. Residents must be able to observe demonstrations and participate in procedures as required. Residents must be able to observe a patient accurately and completely, at a distance as well as closely. They must be able to obtain a medical history directly from a patient, while observing the patient’s medical condition. 


Communication includes: speech, language, reading, writing and computer literacy. Residents must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively in oral and written form with patients to elicit information, as well as perceive non-verbal communications.


Residents must possess sufficient motor function to elicit information from the patient examination by palpation, auscultation, tapping, and other diagnostic maneuvers. Residents must also be able to execute motor movements reasonably required for routine and emergency care and treatment of patients.

Intellectual - Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

Residents must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize technically detailed and complex information in a timely fashion to effectively solve problems and make decisions, which are critical skills demanded of physicians. In addition, Residents must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand spatial relationships of structures.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Residents must possess the psychological ability required for the full utilization of their intellectual abilities, for the exercise of good judgment, for the prompt completion of all responsibilities inherent to diagnosis and care of patients, and for the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, colleagues and other health care providers.

Residents must be able to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.  They must be able to adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients. Residents must also be able work effectively and collaboratively as a team member. As a component of their education and training, Residents must demonstrate ethical behavior consistent with professional values and standards.

III. Reasonable Accommodation

MSM will make a reasonable accommodation available to any qualified individual with a disability who requests an accommodation. A reasonable accommodation is designed to assist an employee or applicant in the performance of the essential functions of his or her job or MSM’s application requirements.

Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. MSM will work with eligible employees and applicants to identify an appropriate, reasonable accommodation in a given situation. Complete information is found on the MSM Human Resources Office of Disability Services webpage at:


In most cases, it is an employee’s or applicant’s responsibility to begin the accommodation process by making MSM aware of his or her need for a reasonable accommodation. Please see full MSM Accommodation of Disabilities Policy for information on how to request a reasonable accommodation.

 *It is important to note that the MSM enrollment of non-eligible Residents may be cause for withdrawal of residency program accreditation.

Title IX Compliance

The residency education environment shall be free of undue harassment, confrontation, and coercion because of one’s gender, cultural and religious beliefs, other individual traits, and status or standing.  Therefore, in compliance with the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and is required under Title IX and the implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. The prohibited sex discrimination covers sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual violence, and extends to employment in and admission to such programs and activities.

Also in compliance with federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (and ADAAA amendments), it is the policy of MSM that discrimination against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected characteristic is specifically prohibited.

MSM also prohibits retaliation against members of the MSM community who raise concerns about or report incidents of discrimination based on legally protected characteristics. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries about and reports made under MSM’s Sex/Gender Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment policy.

Marla Thompson, Title IX Coordinator
Direct Dial: (404) 752-1871
Fax: (404) 752-1639

Irma Stewart, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Direct Dial: (404) 752-1606

Resident Screening

The following information is extracted from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) “Institutional Requirements” of the “Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education.”

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs:

Graduates of medical schools in the United States accredited by either the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); graduates of Canadian medical schools approved by the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who have a current and valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in their current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program United States citizen graduates from medical schools outside the United States and Canada who have successfully completed the licensure examination (USMLE Step 3) in a United States jurisdiction in which the law or regulations provide that a full and unrestricted license to practice will be granted without further examination after successful completion of a specified period of Graduate Medical Education Graduates of medical schools in the United States and its territories not accredited by the LCME but recognized by the educational and licensure authorities in a medical licensing jurisdiction who have completed the procedures described in the paragraph above.

Those who have completed the fifth pathway, a period of supervised clinical training for students who obtained their premedical education in the United States, received medical undergraduate abroad, and passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

After these students successfully complete a year of clinical training sponsored by an LCME-accredited United States medical school and pass USMLE Step 2 components, they become eligible for an ACGME-accredited residency as an international medical graduate.

The Fifth Pathway program is not supported by the American Medical Association after December 2009.

Applicants who have passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2—Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS), or have a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by a United States State licensing jurisdiction.

Selectees cannot begin MSM residency programs prior to passage of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. This expectation must be met by the time of the MSM-GME Incoming Resident orientation.

Each resident in our program must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent resident, a refugee, an asylee, or must possess the appropriate documentation to allow the resident to legally train at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Resident Selection Criteria

Morehouse School of Medicine participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All MSM Post Graduate Year One (PGY-I) Resident positions shall be made available for application by all students graduating from United States and Canadian accredited medical schools as determined by the NRMP. Other applicants eligible to enter the “match,” including International Medical School Graduates (IMGs), may also apply.

All applicants to the MSM residency programs shall do so through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  This service shall be used to screen needed information on all applicants. 

The following are required for admission to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Program:

  • Deans Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Written Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these should be from members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of your school, affiliate hospital or elective course, and current within the last 18 months)
  • United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Passing Scores for Step I and II (CS and CK)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Valid Certification (if applicable)

For those applying on Visa Status, we accept ECGMG J-I Visa Sponsorship.

The Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Residency Training Selection Committee reviews applications for four (4) categorical PGY 1 positions and selects the most qualified candidates to enter into the NRMP Match. Applications for the OB/GYN Residency Program are accepted from September through January of each academic year.

Resident Appointment

Available resident positions are dependent upon the current authorized number (as approved by the ACGME); the space available in the postgraduate year, and funding and faculty resources available to support the training of residents (according to the specialty specific program requirements as identified by the ACGME).

Morehouse School of Medicine Resident appointments shall be for a maximum of 12 months from July to June, year to year. At MSM, a “Resident Appointment” is defined as a non-faculty position granted to an individual based upon his or her academic credentials and the meeting of other eligibility criteria as stated in MSM and residency program policies and standards.  This position is also that of a “physician in training.”

Foreign Medical School Graduates must have a current dated or (stamped) “Indefinite” certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).The program administrator shall screen for signatures, seals, notarization, and other official stamps as being original.

All applicants must have passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 – Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS), or have a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by a United States State licensing jurisdiction. Selectees cannot begin MSM residency programs prior to passage of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. This expectation must be met by the MSM-GME Incoming Resident orientation.

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) supports the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommendation that Foreign Exchange Visitors - J-1 Visa is the appropriate visa for the pursuit of graduate medical education by non-immigrants. Residents in this category shall strictly follow the ECFMG sponsorship requirements for the visa.

Resident appointments are for a maximum of 12 months (July to June).  Residents may enter the program at other times during a post-graduate year, but must complete all requirements according to the objectives and structure of the program. MSM Residency programs have no provisions for “shared” or “part-time” positions.

Please refer to the GME Resident Eligibility, Selection, and Appointment policies available in the GME Office and website at regarding information for non-immigrant applicants to residency programs.