Medical fellowships at teaching hospitals in the United States, usually two to three years in duration, provide international medical graduates who have completed residency programs with advanced, and often more specialized, clinical training and research opportunities in their chosen field.
Fellowships are key to board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine in medical sub-specialties, and are excellent preparation for medical leadership roles in your home country.
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) affiliated and training hospitals offer a number of fellowship opportunities, for international residents who meet our required qualifications (see below). You may refer to our Hospital Programs Availability list to discover the fellowship specialties currently offered by each hospital. These positions are highly competitive.
Fellowship Required Qualifications:
International residents must meet the following eligibility requirements for TUSM-affiliated fellowships.
- Sponsorship, and a financial guarantee, from a TUSM-affiliated international sponsor organization.
- An MD or equivalent degree from an accredited medical school (a diploma and school transcripts are required).
- Acceptable United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) results. Minimum scores required are as follows: Step 1, 215; Step 2-CK, 215; Step 2-CS, Pass. You also must indicate how many attempts were necessary to pass the examinations. If you have not completed the USMLE requirements, you will not be considered for fellowship positions. (More information on the USMLE requirements)
How to get started:
Most of the fellowships are placed through the Specialty Matching Service (SMS) of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). A few are not filled by the match.
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) handles applications for many teaching hospital fellowship programs that participate in the NRMP’s Specialty Matching Service, so that is a good place for you to start.
You must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each.
The TUSM Office of International Affairs can help international medical residents through the process, including pointing you to Tufts affiliated or training hospitals with fellowships available in your chosen specialty.
You can learn more about how to become TUSM-affiliated fellow in the Application Process section of our web site.