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How to Apply

UC San Diego selects its residents through ERAS  and the National Resident Matching P
rogram .
​Categorical Internal Medicine
​Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP)
​Categorical Combined Medicine/Pediatrics

Our 2020 application deadline is October 21. We will not accept ERAS applications past this deadline. Traditionally our interview dates have occurred from mid-October to January.

Application Requirements

We generally receive approximately 3,500 completed applications per year and interview approximately 600 applicants. Our residency recruitment committee reviews all applications, evaluating multiple factors including:

  • General academic performance.
  • Clinical performance (particularly in internal medicine and related rotations).
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal qualities and achievements.

In order to complete your Categorical Internal Medicine application, we require:

  •  Your Dean's letter.
  • Your medical school transcript.
  • Your USMLE/ National Board scores, Step I and II (Step II if available, however not mandatory for application review). Please note that we do not accept COMLEX in lieu of USMLE.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Per AAIM guidelines, categorical applicants will need 1 letter of recommendation from an internal medicine faculty member in addition to the Department Chair in Medicine (or designee) letter.  We will accept additional letters via ERAS if you have them available. Recommendation letters should be addressed according to ERAS instructions.
  • Evidence of registration in the Selective Service program, or evidence of exempt status issued by the Veterans Affairs’ Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) through a Status of Information letter. For more information on this requirement, please review the document here:Selective Service - Registration Requirement.pdf

Training Pathway

 Candidates interested in the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP),  the research residency pathway, should indicate their interest on the ERAS application form. Please provide a short essay outlining prior research experience, publications, and areas of research interest.  Also, indicate subspecialty, research and faculty laboratories which suit your interests.  

In addition to the ERAS application, please provide a minimum of one and preferably three letters of support from prior research mentors and senior colleagues.  A letter of reference from the thesis advisor of the MD, PhD candidates is required.

Candidates applying for the PSTP are encouraged to plan a two-day interview at UC San Diego. The first day will consist of visiting the residency training program and the second day visiting the research program, faculty and laboratories. PSTP Interviews will be scheduled in conjunction with the traditional interviewing sessions for all tracks. Individuals enter the PSTP upon application to the residency training program with concurrent acceptance into the research fellowship program.

Combined Medicine / Pediatrics Program

If applying for the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics program,   please provide four letters of recommendation, two from medicine and two from pediatrics, one each being from the Chair, Program Director or Clerkship Director representing each specialty. 

If you receive interview invitations from both Medicine and the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics program, please contact us; you only need to complete one interview to be considered for both programs.

Advanced Positions

Physicians interested in advanced-level positions should contact by the first week in December. Availability of these positions varies from year to year.

International Medical Graduates

Requirements for international medical graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate training in medicine are:

  • Possess a current ECFMG certificate. Your questions regarding certification and examination should be addressed with ECFMG  :
  • Pass USMLE Steps 1 and 2. Applicants with failures on USMLE will not be considered for training in our program. You must have a medical school graduation date within 5 years of start of internship.
  • Secure a J-1 Visa through ECFMG with issuance of IAP-66. The Department of Medicine does not support the H1B Visa for residency training.

Our program participates in ERAS and does not send information via U.S. Mail, nor will we accept a paper application. The ECFMG office will serve as the designated Dean's office and can provide detailed information.

We do not offer observerships in the Department of Medicine.

Terms and Conditions

For samples of our contract, terms and conditions, intern appointment letter and intern acceptance letter, please view the documents below.