How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals: Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and UT Southwestern University Hospitals.

The Department of Internal Medicine offers both categorical (three years) and preliminary (one year) residency training programs. Be sure to indicate on your application the program(s) to which you are applying.

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the American Association of Medical Colleges. For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

Be sure to include anything you would like us to know about your academic achievements, scholastic honors, research experience, publications, occupational history, extracurricular activities, outside interests, family, etc.

We require the following documentation with your application:

  • Dean's letter of recommendation (Medical Student Performance Letter)
  • Three letters of recommendation. We require a letter from your Chair (or designee) of the Department of Medicine. We prefer at least one other letter be from an internal medicine faculty member who is able to assess your clinical skills and abilities.
  • An official medical school transcript, including all grades for required clerkships
  • Your scores on Part I and, if available, Part II of the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE). Please upload USMLE Part II as soon as it is available.
  • Your personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae (ERAS generated)

Please be aware that the UT Southwestern Graduate Medical Education Committee adopted a requirement effective July 2011 for successful completion of USMLE Step 1, 2CK, and 2CS prior to employment by the residency programs.

If you have further questions, please feel free to us.

International Applicants

The UT Southwestern affiliated programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will not accept applications outside the ERAS Program. 

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.

In response to the cancellation of Step 2 Clinical Skills and the development of ECFMG’s new pathways:

  • The deadline for ECFMG certification completion and submission will be December 15th, 2021
  • ECFMG certification will not be required before interviews are offered.

Prerequisites for international applicants include:

  • While we do not require a minimum USMLE score, it is unusual for us to accept a candidate who has failed the USMLE  
  • 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 
  • Medical school graduation within the last three years. Rarely, we may consider applicants that graduated from medical school more than three years ago
  • 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

If you have further questions, please feel free to us.