How to Apply

The Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on medical school curricula, we have modified our approach to recruitment to promote greater flexibility, equity, and safety throughout the application and interview process. Due to our holistic review process, we will begin offering interviews on or after October 11.

Holistic Review Process:
We aim to interview a richly diverse pool of candidates who will thrive and continue to enhance the quality of the experience within our program and institution. We minimize reliance on assessment tools that perpetuate structural racism, unearned privilege, and promote bias; we closely consider a range of experiences and clinical and academic performance that would help us promote diversity of experience within our program. We review each candidate with consideration of how the individual might contribute to the overall educational environment and our larger community. Our faculty reviewers have completed implicit bias reduction training workshops and follow established guidelines to promote a holistic and inclusive interview process.

Letters of Recommendation:
We require at least three letters, one or more of which must be a chair’s letter. If you choose to submit only one chair letter, we strongly recommend that chair letter be from Internal Medicine. If you include two chair letters, we recommend you submit four total letters, so that two letters are from individuals who personally know you well. We strongly encourage letters from people who have had the opportunity to observe you closely in a clinical setting. If this is a telehealth or virtual experience that you have spent a significant amount of time in, that is certainly acceptable. Med-Peds experience is not required, but please ensure that your letters collectively speak to your clinical experience in both Medicine and Pediatrics.

Approach to Step 1 & 2:
While we typically review both Step 1 and 2 scores (if available) during the application review process, we understand that scheduling constraints due to COVID may delay the availability of Step 2 scores. We holistically review applications to identify experience and attributes beyond metrics such as standardized test scores, as we seek applicants who are well-rounded and bring diversity of background and perspective to medicine. We consider scores to be just one element of the application, and as such we have no score cutoff for interview consideration.

Post-Interview Communication Policy:
We value integrity and transparency, and as such we adhere strictly to NRMP guidelines regarding post-interview communication. While we do not send out any routine post-interview communication, we are happy to follow up on issues discussed during the interview, answer questions, or provide additional information if it would be helpful to you.

International Applicants

The UT Southwestern affiliated hospitals participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Before an application is accepted, all requirements specified by the NRMP must be met. If you have not done so, please contact the NRMP office:

National Resident Matching Program
2450 N. Street, NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20037-1141

We also participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service. We will not accept applications outside the ERAS program.

It is important to note that UT Southwestern's Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics only accept permanent residents or J-1 ECFMG certified visas. We do not offer H1-B visas.

In order for us to consider your application, you must meet the following requirements:

  • While we do not require a minimum USMLE score, it is unusual for us to accept a candidate who has failed the USMLE.
  • You must hold the standard Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) by January 31 of the year you will enter residency.
  • U.S. clinical experience is not required but is preferred.
  • Medical school graduation date of 2010 or later. Exceptions to this requirement will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must submit four letters of recommendation. Two of those letters should be from your medical school. However, if you have U.S. clinical experience, those recommendations are also encouraged..

Visiting Rotations/Observerships

We do not currently offer formal combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics rotations for visiting students or observers; however, experiences may be available through either the Internal Medicine or Pediatrics department. For further information on how to apply, please contact the departments directly.