Applications are only accepted through ERAS and must be submitted by December 31. ERAS applications must include your USMLE transcript and NRMP number to be considered. Your Personal Statement should describe your background, aspirations and why you are applying to SVE Family Medicine.


While interviewing with SVE FMR, you will be assigned a resident Day Host. A typical interview day will begin with breakfast with the Program Director, Dr. Sims. From there, you will tour the hospital and then proceed to the outpatient clinic for further interviews with several faculty members and for a tour of the outpatient facilities. Lunch will be provided during the lecture series that you will have the opportunity to attend, where you will have the chance to meet any residents and faculty not previously a part of your day. The evening prior to your interview, a resident host will take you to a group resident dinner at one of their homes where the residents will help to answer any questions you have about residency at SVE FMR in an informal and casual environment. Our program will provide lodging for you (and your spouse, if applicable) while in Birmingham at a comfortable hotel nearby. If you have any special requests or needs, please do not hesitate to contact our residency coordinator or your assigned resident host.

What We Are Looking For….

  •  Strong commitment to Family Medicine
  • Solid academic performance as evidenced by transcripts, letters of recommendation, USMLE scores, class ranking
  • Life experiences/skills that are beneficial to your application: Service involvement, Military experience, Leadership positions
  • Unwavering work ethic (medicine is not a 9-5 job; it is hard work)
  • Core Values
  • Integrity
  • Teachability
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Accountability

SVE does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. Residents are expected to abide by the Ascension Health ethical and religious directives standards and not use illegal drugs or misuse/abuse alcohol or participate in stealing, cheating, or other immoral activities.

Residents must be graduates from a LCME or AOA accredited medical school or be ECFMG certified. SVE FMR uses the NRMP match and complies with their policy that a program may freely express interest in a candidate but must not offer a guarantee that any candidate will be ranked within the program’s quota.




To apply for a Clerkship, submit answers to the questions below. Then, if accepted, a full application form must be completed and returned along with a letter of good standing from the Dean or other official, proof of liability insurance and an official medical school transcript.

Visiting students must complete the application process no later than six weeks prior to beginning of the rotation. Verbal or written notification of cancellation of the elective must be received no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Clerkships are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as we have many MD and DO clerkship students and have limited available space for elective rotations.

Current U.S. medical students: please email the answers to the following to (residency coordinator):

  • Your full name and address
  • Requested Clerkship beginning and ending dates
  • Medical school name with city/state
  • Expected graduation month/year
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Your score(s) on each Step of the boards you’ve completed and number of attempts needed to pass
  • If you are an M.D. student, are you registering for the M.D. match? If you are a D.O. student, would you consider only doing the M.D. match?
  • How did you hear about St Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency?


Our preceptorship is designed around an active inpatient and outpatient experience to help medical students develop skills in the evaluation and treatment of both hospitalized and ambulatory medical problems and to learn about the operation of a busy family medicine clinic. We include an inpatient experience to gain exposure to some of the peculiarities and unique methods of running an inpatient service from a family medicine perspective.

St Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes U.S. medical students to apply for a two- to four- week rotation during their third (March-May) or fourth (July-January) years of medical school. No health service, liability insurance or board is provided for visiting students. Upon request, we will do our best to accommodate lodging requests through resident host homes. Students MUST have their own car for transportation during their rotation.