Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

How do candidates apply?

We accept applications for both categorical and preliminary positions through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

When is your application submission deadline?

We stop accepting new applications on November 30 of each calendar year.

When will I learn if I have been selected to interview?

Invitations to interview will be sent from September 20 through mid-December.

What if I did not receive an invitation to interview?

We apologize if you haven’t heard from us in a timely manner. We receive more than 4,000 applications each year and, as you can imagine, it takes a good amount of time to review them all. If you haven’t received an invitation to interview, it simply could be that we haven’t had an opportunity to review your application just yet. Please give us until at least mid-October to review your application. After that time, you are welcome to email for an application status request.

What is your medical school graduation date cutoff?

Medical school graduation within the last three years. Rarely, we may consider applicants that graduated from medical school more than three years ago.

What letters of recommendation do you require from International graduates?

Three letters of recommendation (3) that are a faithful representation of the applicant. Home country or other international letters of recommendation (LORs) will be considered equal in value to U.S. LORs.

Do you require a minimum USMLE STEP 1 score to apply?

We do consider an applicant’s entire application, not just scores. However, USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2, if available) is an important element. We do not require a minimum score to apply, per se, but the average Step 1 score of the last year’s class of interns was a 242.

Do you accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores?

Yes, COMLEX scores are accepted in lieu of USMLE scores.

Do you accept applications outside of the match?

We are an all-in program and will not accept applications outside ERAS or the match.

Do I need U.S. clinical experience?

U.S. clinical experience is valued but not required. We consider exceptional applicants, and we understand that diversity of training and life experience can only enrich our program.

What visas do you support?

If you are not a United States citizen or Permanent Resident, it is the UT Southwestern policy to request J-1 visa sponsorship through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In selected cases and only under extraordinary circumstances, we will consider seeking approval for sponsorship of a H-1B employment visa. In instances where we request an exception to the policy and are unable to either obtain internal approval or approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, sponsorship through ECFMG on the J-1 visa will be mandatory. Please note that individuals in the U.S. in asylee or refugee status with appropriate documentation and those in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status with a valid employment authorization document (EAD) will not require an exception request to participate in GME training.

Whom can I contact if I have further questions?

For specific questions, contact:
Internal Medicine Education staff
Please note the above email address is only checked during recruitment season, between September 10, and Match Day in March.