Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Application Process:

How do I apply for the Internal Medicine Residency program at Cooper?

Cooper Internal Medicine Residency program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted.

Does your program participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)?

Yes, we participate in the NRMP. Applicants must register with NRMP and rank our program to be considered for the match.

How will interviews be held?

Interviews will be conducted virtually only. You will have the opportunity to meet our team through video conferencing from the comfort of your location.Invited applicants will have an opportunity to meet virtually with a small group of our residents.

Detailed instructions will be provided to ensure a seamless virtual interview experience.

Is there a minimum USMLE score required for the application?

While there is no specific minimum score, we consider applicants with competitive USMLE Step 2/COMLEX Level 2 scores. However, the overall application is evaluated holistically, taking into account academic achievements, clinical experiences, and personal attributes.

Do you accept international medical graduates (IMGs)?

Yes, we welcome applications from international medical graduates. IMG applicants should have ECFMG certification and meet all other eligibility criteria. We sponsor J-1 Visa.

How are applicants selected for interviews?

Our selection committee uses a holistic review process for all applications. Invitations for interviews are extended to candidates whose applications demonstrate a strong alignment with our program's values and goals.

Program Curriculum:

How long is the Internal Medicine Residency program at Cooper?

Our residency program is three years in duration.

What is the curriculum structure like for residents at Cooper?

Our curriculum at Cooper follows the X + Y format, where x represents 4 weeks of essential service, and y represents 2 weeks with “golden” weekends meaning Saturdays and Sundays are off. During these two weeks, one week is dedicated to ambulatory care, and the other week is for electives. As residents progress through their training, they may have the opportunity to have more elective time.

What are the different rotations offered during the program?

The program includes rotations in various specialties, including Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Addiction Medicine, Endocrinology, Palliative Medicine, Radiology & Interventional Radiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Allergy Medicine, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology and more. Our residents gain exposure to a wide range of medical disciplines.

How many weeks of vacation do residents get?

Residents get 4 weeks of vacation per academic year.

Is there an opportunity for research during the residency?

Yes, research opportunities are available, and we encourage residents to participate in scholarly activities during their training. Our faculty members actively support research initiatives. You can refer to our research page. 

Are there any global health or elective rotation opportunities?

Yes, we offer elective rotations and global health opportunities, allowing residents to gain diverse experiences and broaden their perspectives in healthcare.

Benefits and Support:

What salary and benefits do residents receive?

Residents at Cooper receive a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including insurance and retirement plans. Specific details will be provided to applicants during the interview process.

What kind of mentorship and professional development opportunities are available?

We provide dedicated mentorship and guidance to our residents throughout their training. Every resident is assigned a specialty mentor and a faculty advisor. Additionally, residents have access to workshops, seminars, and conferences to foster their professional growth.

Is there support for residents' well-being and work-life balance?

Yes, resident well-being is a priority for us. We have various wellness programs, counseling services, and work-hour regulations to support a healthy work-life balance. You can find us on Instagram @Cooperimresidency and visit the wellness page for more details. 

Do residents receive an educational stipend at Cooper?

Yes, residents receive an educational stipend that they can utilize throughout their three years of residency. Additionally, they also receive a research stipend, which supports their research projects and enables them to present their findings at national conferences.

Life at Cooper:

What is the surrounding area like for residents at Cooper?

Cooper is located in Camden, New Jersey, just minutes away from the vibrant and diverse urban setting of Philadelphia. The unique geographical location of Cooper offers residents the choice of living on the peaceful Jersey side or experiencing the more vibrant city life on the Philadelphia side. Some residents prefer the New Jersey setting, while others enjoy the energy of Philadelphia. It's the best of both worlds!

How are residents at Cooper prepared for the internal medicine board examination?

Residents at Cooper receive comprehensive preparation for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) exam through a combination of resources. During elective and ambulatory weeks, they participate in daily 7 AM board review sessions, where they review board-style questions. Additionally, they attend educational noon conferences that cover a wide range of medical topics.

In their third year, residents benefit from a dedicated one-week board review course specifically designed to help them prepare for the internal medicine board examination. This focused approach ensures they have the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in the exam.



Note: The FAQ section is a dynamic resource that will be regularly updated to reflect the most current information and address new questions that arise. Applicants are encouraged to check back frequently for any updates.