Graduate Medical Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Office of medical education

How many positions do you offer?

  • The number of available positions varies by program. Please visit our individual residency pages for more information specific to each program.

Are all your positions categorical or do you offer any preliminary positions as well?

  • All of our positions are categorical.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates (IMG)?

  • Yes.

Are visas sponsored?

  • Yes, J1. H1-B visas may be sponsored on a case-by-case basis.

Is U.S. clinical experience required?

  • Clinical experience in the United States is helpful but not required.

If it has been a few years since I graduated medical school, will you still consider me?

  • Yes. Please provide us with an accounting of the time you have spent post-graduation.

Is an EFMG certificate needed (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)?

  • Yes. It is not needed for the interview process; however, it will be needed prior to the match.

Do you offer Pre-Match?

  • No.

Should my application be received through ERAS?

  • Yes, through ERAS or through the governing body of your individual program. Please see our individual residency program pages [link to main GME page] for more specific information on the application process.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

What is the salary schedule for residents at St. Luke’s?

  • We are pleased to offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Please see our Salary & Benefits page for more information.

Where is a good place to live in the Lehigh Valley? What is there to do in this area?

  • The Lehigh Valley is made up of Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania. Its three major cities, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, feature all the amenities of a metropolitan area, surrounded by beautiful suburban and rural areas. Conveniently located near major cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., the Lehigh Valley offers a wealth of options for its residents including outdoor activities, cultural activities and plenty of great dining and entertainment venues. To learn more, view our video or visit

  • Upon request, we will provide you with a current list of residents and their contact information for you to discuss questions of this nature.

Where is the nearest airport?

  • Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) is located 6 mile from St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem. Rental cars, cabs and Uber are available.

  • Other major airports nearby include Philadelphia (PHL), Newark (EWR), New York City (JFK, LGA). Bus transit to and from many of these airports is available locally through Trans-Bridge

Where are the nearest hotels?

  • The closest hotels to St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem are:

  • Additionally, a list of hotels near Lehigh Valley International Airport is available here.

I am not from the area. How are families supported during residency or fellowship training?

  • Applicants can inquire about the spousal support program during their interview and can learn more here.