Frequently Asked Questions – Residency or Fellowship Program

Burlington is located 12 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts.

Please refer to specific residency or fellowship program pages for program-specific application instructions.

Some specialties use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and do not accept the universal application or paper inquiries of any kind; these programs currently include AnesthesiologyInternal MedicineDiagnostic Radiology, and General Surgery.

You must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 in order to be eligible for a medical license in Massachusetts.

You must have a currently valid ECFMG certificate.

You must be eligible for a J1 visa issued by ECFMG.

Some programs require that you have previous training in the United States or three letters of recommendation from US clinical rotations; please check with the specialty in which you are interested for their residency or fellowship program requirements.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program requires three letters of recommendation from US clinical rotations.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center does not sponsor residents or fellows for H1 visas.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center will work with ECFMG to assist you in obtaining a J1 exchange visitor visa for the duration of your training in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship training program.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine requires that international medical school graduates pass USMLE Steps 1 and 2 to enter a training program in Massachusetts. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet this license eligibility requirement.

Important Medical License Eligibility Requirement for International Medical School Graduates

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine requires that international medical school graduates pass USMLE Steps 1 and 2 to enter a training program in Massachusetts. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet this license eligibility requirement.

The text of this Board of Registration in Medicine policy is below for your reference.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board of Registration in Medicine

POLICY 97-001
(Adopted May 7, 1997) 

Limited Licensure For International Medical School Graduates

According to M.G.L.c.112, § 9, the Board may issue a limited license to an international medical graduate who, among other qualifications, holds a standard certificate granted after an examination by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Effective July 1, 1997, the Board of Registration in Medicine will consider issuing initial limited licenses only to those international medical graduates who have obtained an ECFMG certificate by passing USMLE Steps 1 and 2. However, the Board will continue to consider issuing limited license renewals and change of program limited licenses to those individuals who obtain initial limited licensure in the Commonwealth prior to July 1, 1997.


How to Apply – Graduate Medical Education Programs

Please refer to specific residency or fellowship program pages for program-specific application instructions.

Attention International Medical School Graduates:

You must qualify for a J-1 visa from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and have a valid ECFMG certificate in order to be eligible for graduate medical education training at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

Please note: J-1 visas may not be accepted in all cases and are subject to the specific residency or fellowship program. For further information, please refer to the application requirements for the program of interest.