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Selection Process

I. Purpose of Policy

The purpose of this policy is the expectation that the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) sustain resident selection processes that are free from impermissible discrimination and comply with all federal and state laws and regulations.

II. Policy Scope

This policy applies to all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited residency and fellowship programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H).

III. Definitions

Resident: Any physician in an accredited graduate medical education program, including interns, residents, and fellows.

Discrimination: Subject to selection on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, age disability, marital or parental status, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

IV. Policy Statement

  • Selection of Residents
    • Applications, along with required supporting documentation, are submitted according to the appropriate procedure outlined on the Program web page (i.e. Submission of paper application or via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)).
    • Applicants meeting eligibility requirements outlined by the Institution and the Program will be invited for a personal interview. Interview days include (but are not limited to) interviews with faculty and residents, program orientations, tours of the medical center, attendance at conferences, etc.
    • Each program will apply its own criteria for evaluating and ranking candidates. Those criteria may include, but are not limited to:
      • Review and confirmation of eligibility requirements
      • Performance on standardized medical knowledge test
      • Verbal and written communication skills
      • Letters of recommendation from faculty
      • Dean's letter
      • Medical school transcript
    • The recruitment and appointment of residents to training programs sponsored by Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) is based on and in compliance with the institutional, common and specific program requirements of the ACGME. The process of application, eligibility, selection and appointment of residents to a program is the responsibility of the Program Director.
    • All residents that are offered and accept positions must consent to a pre-enrollment criminal background check and pass a pre-enrollment drug screening.
    • MHMH has no requirement that residents must sign a non-competition clause as part of the Resident Agreement of Appointment.

D-H Policy ID: 11326