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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.

2020-2021 Resident Application Status

Please note that we are actively reviewing completed applications on a daily basis for the Internal Medicine residency class starting July 2020. The Education Office will be sending emails multiple times a week to inform applicants of their status. Additionally, for those selected to interview on campus, you will be receiving an email invitation via Interview Broker.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we ask that you please wait to be notified via email in lieu of contacting the Education Office for status updates.

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 email us anytime.

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 Department of Internal Medicine only accepts permanent residents or J-1 ECFMG certified visas. We do NOT offer H1-B visas or any other type of visa.

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, 2019.
  • U.S. clinical experience is not required but is preferred.
  • Medical school graduation date of fewer than 3 years ago. Exceptions to this requirement will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must submit three 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 acceptable.

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