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Frequently Asked Questions

The following common questions will provide a more accurate picture of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Admissions criteria at Mayo:

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What type of recommendation letters does your program prefer?

It is recommended that you obtain letters from individuals who know you well. A letter specifically related to Obstetrics/Gynecology experience is desirable, but not required. If you have completed a clinical rotation at Mayo, you are encouraged to obtain a letter from an attending faculty.

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Are USMLE step 3 exam scores required at the time of application?


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Does Mayo require DOs to provide USMLE scores?

No. USMLE scores for DOs are accepted, but not required.

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What is the cutoff date for medical school graduation?

It is recommended that applicants have graduated from medical school within the past 10 years.

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What is the number of attempts for USMLE examinations?

Mayo encourages applicants who have passed the USMLE examination on their first attempt.

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What type of Visas are sponsored?

Mayo sponsors J1 Visas. In rare, exceptional instances, we will sponsor an H-1B Visa.

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Do you have international medical graduates in your program?

Yes. At any one time, there are 1 to 3 international medical graduates in our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program. IMG applicants must have at least three months of U.S. clinical experience to be considered.

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Does this program have any special requirements?

Yes. The program requires one year of direct patient care and experience, either in medical school or as a postgraduate experience.

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What is the timing of ECFMG certification?

Your ECFMG certification should be obtained by December 31 of the year in which you apply for this residency.

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What is the five-year program?

The five-year program is essentially the same as the four-year program, but adds a year of research. The resident in this track has the opportunity to pursue a Master's in Clinical and Translational Research at Mayo Clinic during their residency.

OB-GYN five-year program overview

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How do I apply for the five-year program?

Submit your application for the four-year program in ERAS; then rank OB-GYN research program in NRMP.

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  • Oct 11, 2012
  • ART248914