Foreign Medical Graduates

Certificate Program for International Medical Graduates

Each year the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington offers 4 visiting sub-internship positions to international medical graduates who are interested in pursuing a preliminary position in our residency program. Upon completion of this sub-internship program, international medical graduates may apply to our preliminary residency program via ERAS. All applicants who apply BEFORE completing our Certificate Program will not be considered.

Students in our International Physician’s Certificate Program will receive 16 continuing education units and a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Certificates will be awarded by the University of Washington at the end of the academic year. Successful graduates of this program will be considered for a one or two-year non-designated preliminary residency position in the Department of Surgery.


To be eligible to enroll in this course you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Current ECFMG certification (issued since 2000) in all three areas of the exam.
  2. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of 220 or better on each. The exam(s) must have been taken in the last three years and you must have passed all parts of the exam (including clinical knowledge and clinical skills) on the first attempt. Official USMLE transcripts are required. USMLE score reports will not be accepted. You may request your transcripts by contacting ECFMG.
  3. A medical degree earned in the last seven years (if your degree is older than 7 years, you do not qualify for this program).
  4. Attestation that you have not been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board, professional association or education/training institution (if you have, you do not qualify for this program).
  5. Valid certification of US citizenship, landed immigrant status, or qualify for an F-1 student visa.
  6. You are planning to apply for a preliminary surgery residency position at the University of Washington (we do not accept applicants that do not intend to apply to our preliminary program).
  7. Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your clinical patient care skills and potential to function as a resident.
  8. Excellent expressive and receptive English skills. Some past participants have not been successful solely because their English was not adequate.

Program Description

SURG CP688 P-Subinternship in General Surgery for International Physicians – 8 weeks

The objective of this course is to permit the international physician to work in a US teaching hospital as well as further develop his/her knowledge of surgical disease and enhance his/her ability to manage comprehensively the problems encountered in surgical patients. Physicians will function at the intern level under close supervision of the staff and housestaff. Diagnosis, preoperative care and postoperative care will be stressed. The management of surgical emergencies and outpatient follow-up of discharged patients will be included. The subintern will attend some operative procedures on his/her assigned patients and will participate in all rounds and teaching conferences. This course will provide an opportunity for the physicians to perfect his/her clinical skills in dealing with medical as well as surgical problems and will permit the physician to assume added responsibility. This program will be for preparation for participation in the UW surgical residency programs.

Physicians will spend a minimum of 160 contact hours participating in this program and will participate daily for the entire 8-week period.

Tuition for the course is $1956*, plus a $50 application fee, and $39 quarterly registration fee for a total cost of $2045. The full amount is due at the time of registration. PLEASE DO NOT SEND APPLICATION OR REGISTRATION FEE WITH YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.

* Effective 7/1/16. Tuition is subject to change on annual basis


Please submit the following documents in the order listed by mail to the Manager of Surgical Education (address listed below):

  1. UW Dept of Surgery Coversheet (Please fill out this form.)
  2. Copy of current ECFMG certificate
  3. Official USMLE transcript with Step 1 & 2 scores (score reports will not be accepted)
  4. Copy of medical school transcript
  5. Current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  6. Written statement explaining your career goals and why you are seeking this opportunity
  7. Three letters of recommendation

COMPLETE applications must be sent via regular or express mail as below.  Application materials sent via email are not acceptable.

Regular Mail (includes USPS Priority w/ Delivery Confirmation)
Gina Coluccio, Manager of Surgical Education
University of Washington
Department of Surgery
Box 356410
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6410 USA

Express Mail (FedEx/UPS)
Gina Coluccio, Manager of Surgical Education
University of Washington
Department of Surgery
Room BB-487
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6410 USA

Thank you for your interest in the program and we look forward to receiving your application. Please direct all questions to Gina Coluccio, Manager of Surgical Education ( NOTE: All documents must be received before your application will be sent to the Program Director for review. You will receive an email confirming that your application was received and submitted. The review process takes approximately 4-8 weeks, after which you will be notified via email regarding your acceptance. We ask that you do not contact our office to inquire about the status of your application.

We will not be accepting applications this year in accordance with UW SOM guidelines due to COVID-19


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