Selection Policy

Department of Medicine / Division of Nephrology and Hypertension


The purpose of this policy is to establish appropriate standards and practices for the recruitment, selection, and appointment of nephrology fellows, and to ensure that all applications are processed in a fair and non-discriminatory manner.


Hospital-wide Guidelines and Procedures

The hospital-wide guidelines and standard practices spelled out in the Jackson Memorial Hospital Policy & Procedures Manual, Section: Graduate Medical Education, Subject: Resident Selection and Eligibility, apply to the fellow selection process in the Nephrology Training Program.

Nephrology Fellow Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Medical School:
Eligible applicants must be graduates of a medical school accredited by either the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or of an international medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization. International Medical Graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in an US licensing jurisdiction. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school are also eligible.

Medical Science Examinations:
Applicants must have passed Steps 1, 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills), and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (“USMLE”) or equivalent examinations; exceptions will be made only for International Medical Graduates who are not yet eligible to take Step 3.

Medical Licensure:
Applicants must have a current and valid Florida Medical or Osteopathic license, or must be eligible to be registered, upon appointment, as an unlicensed resident physician. All appointments are contingent upon the fellow obtaining and maintaining a Florida resident registration or medical license. Applicants with a Florida license must submit a copy of their license.

Prerequisite Training:
Applicants must be in good standing in an accredited Medical or Osteopathic Residency Training Program. Appointment will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the prerequisite training requirement as documented in writing by the director of the prerequisite program. Exceptions may be made in accordance with ACGME guidelines for Foreign Medical Graduates who have already completed training in Internal Medicine in their home country and plan to attend an accredited Medical or Osteopathic Residency Training Program subsequent to their Fellowship Training in Nephrology. These candidates will not be eligible to sit for the Nephrology boards unless they successfully completed all requirements for the Internal Medicine boards.

Foreign citizens who are Permanent Residents (“Green Card” holders) or work permit holders are eligible for appointment on the same basis as US citizens. The Nephrology Fellowship Training Program may sponsor selected applicants with outstanding credentials for a J-type (Exchange Visitor) or an H1B (employment) visa. It is the applicant’s obligation to fulfill all legal requirements, obtain counsel if needed, and bear the costs associated with visa applications.

The Nephrology Training Program will not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection Procedure

National Matching Programs (NRMP)
The Nephrology Training Program participates in the national matching program. The program code is 1104148F0

Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)
Applicants must submit their complete application using ERAS. The program identifier is 1481121151. Applications by e-mail, mail, fax, or other delivery will not be accepted.

Initial Application Screening, Interviews, and Final Screening
The Training Program Director appoints faculty members to the Fellowship Selection Committee. All applications will be screened and ranked by at least two committee members. Ranking is based upon the review of the following items: USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, research experience, work experience, especially electives in Nephrology, additional graduate or postgraduate training, and the personal statement. Committee members and the Nephrology Training Program director may contact the applicant’s Residency Training Program Director or other persons who may have knowledge about the applicant based on the applicant’s application materials.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of interviews than can reasonably be conducted, the top candidates are invited. Each candidate is interviewed by at least two members of the Fellowship Selection Committee. Interviewers assign a score based on medical knowledge, preparedness, abilities, aptitude, communication skills, and personal qualities.

The initial ranking score and the interview score are combined into a composite score and candidates are ranked accordingly. The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews and may be adjust the rank list. The final rank list is submitted to the training program director, who submits the list to the NRMP. The program director may make final adjustments to the list prior to submission. Offer letters are sent to candidates after the NRMP match results are made public.

Appointment Requirements
Successful applicants must be BLS certified, and must satisfactorily complete a reference check, background check, employee physical, alcohol and drug testing and any other pre-employment criteria as may be required by the Jackson Health System.