Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a minimum USMLE score?
All candidates with a passing USMLE I and/or COMLEX I score are candidates for interview. We have no minimum USMLE I or COMLEX I score, but those with strong scores have a greater likelihood of invitation.
Q: When are USMLE and/or COMLEX II CK and CS scores due?
USMLE II CK and CS scores or COMLEX II scores are due at time of interview. If unavailable, proof of registration may be substituted as a place marker until scores are available to submit. Passing USMLE II CK and CS scores must be submitted to the GME office by February 20, 2016 in order to qualify for rank on the NRMP Rank Order List.
Q: Are USMLE scores required for osteopathic applicants?
No, but they are preferred. Osteopathic applicants need only provide a COMLEX transcript. If both transcripts are provided, the stronger score will be used in the review process.
Q: Is it possible for couples to interview on the same day?
We are a family-friendly institution. As such, we will do what we can to ensure that significant others can interview on the same day. E-Mail UMMedicine@holy-cross.com directly so we note this request.
Q: I need to reschedule! How do I do that?
No problem! We’ll get you here when it works for you. If it is 15 days or more prior to interview, simply go to www.interviewbroker.com and change your interview date. If you are within 14 days of your interview date, e-mail UMMedicine@holy-cross.com with your currently scheduled date and two date options that work better for you. We’ll confirm a date within 48-hours of receiving the request.
Q: Are there special requirements for candidates who graduated more than two years ago?
Candidates with a graduation date of, or prior to, December 2012 must provide evidence of active involvement in a clinical practice between medical school graduation and application date. Acceptable documentation may include service as a medical officer in the military, National Health Service Corps, Indian Health Service experience, or completion of a similar government or public health related service obligation. Completion of a clinically relevant advanced degree, involvement in postdoctoral research, or other clinically relevant research activities immediately following graduation from medical school may be accepted in lieu of clinical experience at the discretion of the Program Administrator and the Program Director.
Q: Does experience as an observer, shadower, or volunteer in the U.S. health system count as active involvement in a clinical practice?
While each of these roles provides valuable learning experiences to the participant, these opportunities do not provide hands-on patient care. As such, we will evaluate such experiences on a case by case basis.
Q: Do you support any visas?
Yes, we sponsor J-1 visas only.
Q: Do you have a sample contract I can look at?
Yes, it can be viewed at sample contract. A printed version is provided at the interview.
Q: I’ve signed up for an interview! How do I arrange my hotel?
We do not provide hotel the night prior to interview. However, we have many community partners that provide great accommodations at even greater rates when you mention Holy Cross Hospital. Our favorites are listed below, but the full list can be found here. One thing to mention—the cost of hotels increases in mid-December due to the tourism season.
Best Western at Oakland Park
3001 North Federal Highway
$70 through December 14th and $90 thereafter
Ocean Manor Resort
4040 Galt Ocean Drive
$99 through December 20th and $139 thereafter
(954) 226-5107 or (954) 564-4400
3333 NE 32nd Avenue
$139 through December 31st and $169 thereafter
Central Las Olas:
The Riverside Hotel
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
$139 through December 26th and $192 thereafter
Q: How can we contact you for further information?
We would love to hear from you! We can be reached by…
U.S. Mail: 4725 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
Phone: (954) 938-3359
Fax: (954) 492 – 5790