Application to the Resident Training Program

Applying for the Resident Training Program


The Department of Radiology accepts applications for the residency in diagnostic radiology through the NRMP match via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). As required by the American Board of Radiology, all applicants must complete preliminary year (PGY-1) in medicine, surgery, or a transitional program and have passed all three USMLE examinations (step 1, 2 and 3)


  • A complete ERAS application (including photograph)
  • An official USMLE step 1 score and step 2 (if available)
  • An official transcript from all medical schools attended
  • A Dean's Letter from current or most recent medical school
  • Three letters of recommendation (through ERAS). Additional letters may be submitted provided they enhance the application and have relevance to the pursuit of radiology as a career.
  • IMPORTANT : You must initiate a request for a USMLE score report to be submitted to us electronically through ERAS.


All application materials should be submitted directly to ERAS. It is important to inform ERAS of any important changes to your application, such as changes in email and contact address, clerkship grades, new publications, or AOA status.

If an update occurs, it also is helpful to email the Residency Coordinators so that they promptly download the updated file. If we require any supplementary information, we will contact you. If there is any information that you feel is not adequately represented in your ERAS application, please comment on it in your ERAS personal statement.

The ERAS system will provide confirmation when your application materials have been delivered to BIDMC. We request that you not telephone our office to reconfirm receipt of your application. If you believe there has been a problem with the delivery of your materials, please contact us by email.

Deadlines & Application Review

Our deadline for receipt of ERAS applications and supporting materials is October 21. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee beginning in mid-October through November. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether they have been granted an interview. Interviews will be scheduled starting in mid-November through early January. Interviews will be held virtually this year in half-day sessions.

Selection Criteria

Many applicants to our Radiology residency program write to ask about our criteria for admission to our training program. As one of the most competitive training programs in the country, we receive on average over 600-700 applicants for our 8 diagnostic radiology residency positions. In general, we seek well-rounded applicants who have a genuine interest in academic radiology. In short, we look at each applicant individually as a "whole" package. We have no specific cut-off for USMLE scores, Dean's letter ranking, or academic performance in medical school. However, most of our applicants have USMLE step 1 scores above 240, and most are in the final year of training from top medical schools in the country. Most of our residents graduated at or near the top of their medical school class. Applicants with prior research or leadership experience are desirable. We also do consider applicants who are switching careers from other medical specialties.

Thank you for your interest in our radiology residency training program. We wish you the best of luck in the application process and in your future career.