University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education

Application Information

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Application Requirements and Process

The UCR Internal Medicine Residency Training Program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges. In ERAS, search for University of California Riverside School of Medicine Program or ACGME ID #1400500903. Applications will only be accepted through ERAS. No paper application materials will be accepted.

A completed application includes:

  • The ERAS common application form,
  • Letter from the dean,
  • Transcript,
  • USMLE transcript or Comlex transcripts,
  • Personal statement,
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably including one from a department of medicine chair (or designee).

Qualified applicants are invited for interviews and visits to the UCR IM Residency from late October through January. It is unlikely that there will be enough time to issue invitations to applicants whose applications are not completed by November 15.

Application Information

  • The program offers 12 categorical positions each year.
  • The program does not offer preliminary positions.
  • No applications will be reviewed outside of ERAS.
  • There are no minimum required scores for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, but individuals with multiple failures on the USMLE exam are generally not competitive.
  • Interviews will take place from November through early January. We will generally have between one-to-two days per week for interviews.

International Applicants

All applicants must possess a valid work permit prior to the date the rank order list is submitted to the matching program or prior to a position being offered. This can be met by: United States citizenship, permanent residency, or eligibility for a J-1 visa sponsored by ECFMG.

International medical school graduates are required to submit the following additional documentation:

  • Postgraduate training authorization letter (PTAL) from the Medical Board of California (MBC) dated within the past year. This letter should indicate acceptance of the applicant's medical education in meeting MBC requirements and eligibility to commence postgraduate training in California, should a position be offered. If the applicant is already licensed in the state of California, this is not required.

    A PTAL is required to train in California and we will generally not rank applicants without a PTAL. A valid PTAL is preferred prior to interviewing.
  • ECFMG Standard Certificate with valid date.
  • Scores for examinations used to qualify for the ECFMG Certificate.

Please note that while a previous U.S. clinical experience is not required, it is generally beneficial for international graduates.

Other Information

  • The most competitive applicants will need USMLE 1 and 2 Scores over 217.
  • Clinical experience (with supportive letters) in the United States is strongly recommended for international graduates.
  • Preference for applicants who have graduated from medical school within the previous six years and have been involved in clinical care since graduation.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate Medical Education
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Tel: (951) 827-7669