Applying to the Internal Medicine Residency Program


First-year appointments, which begin on June 24 of each year, are available through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), with applications accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). American Medical Graduates should contact their dean's office for more information. International Medical Graduates should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). A request for an ERAS application kit is available on the ECFMG website.


  • Complete application through ERAS
  • An official MSPE (dean's letter) from your medical school
  • A minimum of three letters in support of your application from medical school faculty. One letter should be a "chair's letter" from your school's department of medicine (i.e. Internal Medicine Structured Evaluative Letter (IM SEL). One should be from a clinical internal medicine experience, preferably from your third and fourth-year clinical rotations. Others can be clinical letters from medicine or other specialties, research mentors, interest group advisors, or other faculty letters describing your experiences in medical school. If you were in other training programs, you should include letters from directors of all of those programs.
  • Passing scores from the United States Medical Licensing Examination®️ (USMLE) Step I. You may apply to our program having only taken Step 1. Please include Step 2 if available; there is no minimum score requirement. We will require a passing Step 2 score prior to ranking an applicant with NRMP.
  • A transcript from your medical school
  • A recent photograph

We do not submit any information on our residents or graduates to the Doximity Residency Navigator nor do we require our residents to participate in it, so we cannot speak to the accuracy of any information on that site. We do submit information to FREIDA each year. 

For the 2023 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.


In addition to the items listed above, you must: 

  • Be able to obtain a J-1 visa, EAD or have resident alien status. Although other UMN programs may offer H-1 visas, our department DOES NOT sponsor those visas.
  • Be able to obtain ECFMG certification prior to starting residency
  • Have passing scores on the first attempt of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE). Step 1 is required to apply to the program, but please include Step 2 or 3 if available
  • Typically, international graduates will include at least 1 letter from a US-based in-person clinical experience


The Internal Medicine Residency Program will be conducting virtual-only interviews this year. Invitations will be sent to applicants at the end of the business day twice per week early in the season and will taper to one per week until mid-late November. Please send any questions to


First-year appointments begin on June 24 of each year. Orientation for all new interns begins in early June with in-person attendance required. Human Resources requires all paperwork to be completed prior to orientation. This is especially important for any J-1 visa holders.


Briar Duffy, MD

University of Minnesota Medical School
Department of Medicine
Medicine Education
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 284
Minneapolis, MN 55455