Cooper University Hospital participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to select qualified applicants for first-graduate-year positions (PGY-1). All fourth-year medical students applying for a PGY-1 position must be enrolled in the NRMP. All applicants must be either:
1. A graduate of an American or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)—passing United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I, USMLE Step II-Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step II-Clinical Skills (CS), or the equivalent of the respective licensing exam.
2. A graduate of a foreign medical school, certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), earned through passing the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS), Part I and Part II examinations of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), or the USMLE; and by meeting all other requirements of the ECFMG.
Graduate medical education appointments are made for a period of one year. Individuals who maintain satisfactory performance and meet the requirements of their chosen specialty are eligible for yearly reappointment. Departments may request interviews of candidates who meet program criteria. Selection shall be made from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status.