Applications for the eight family medicine residency programs will be accepted beginning September 15. Deadlines vary by program.
How to apply
Applying as soon as possible is strongly encouraged because interview calendars fill up fast, and programs have wait lists.
- Register with the National Resident Matching Program
- Review the application criteria and materials needed for application
- Apply separately to each University of Minnesota family medicine residency program in which you're interested through ERAS by the application deadline, which varies by program
Check ERAS for communications about the status of your application with each program or contact Laura Pham, 612-626-0194, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs contact applicants for interviews and about application status as early as October and as late as January. See ERAS timeline. Re-visit this website for updates on the application and interview process.
Tip: Set up an e-mail specifically for application correspondence and include it in your ERAS application. Set up your ERAS e-mail to be forwarded to an e-mail account service that can send you an alert on your personal device when an e-mail is received. Contact ERAS and/or your e-mail service provider for assistance.
- Couples matching
- Visa sponsorship
- Off-cycle or PGY-2 positions
- Times and days of the week vary by program
- Notify residency administration with interview changes or cancellation within one to two weeks prior to the interview
Contact us at email@example.com or 612-626-0194 if you have questions or need more information.
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All eight programs will consider couples match applicants.
- View a list of other University of Minnesota residency programs and fellowships
- Check out University job search resources for your spouse or partner
We do not sponsor H-1B visas. The J-1/J-2 physician visa, sponsored by ECFMG, is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all University of Minnesota graduate medical education programs.
Please note: Mankato and St. Cloud do not sponsor employment visas.
Off-cycle or PGY-2 positions
Applicants must meet the criteria to be considered for possible off-cycle or PGY-2 positions. Contact programs directly for potential openings.
Submit the following materials to Laura Pham by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Personal statement, including reason for off-cycle start or change in residency
- Curriculum vitae
- USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts, which verifies number of attempts on each exam
- Three letters of recommendation written within the last year
- Medical school transcript
- Medical school performance evaluation/dean's letter
- Current or previous program director's contact information
- List of rotations completed at current or previous residency
- ECFMG Certification, if a non-US medical school graduate
Do I need to apply to more than one program to be considered for an interview at multiple programs?
Yes. If you are interested in more than one of our residency programs, you need to apply to each program, individually, through ERAS to be considered for an interview.
When is the best time to apply?
Apply as soon as possible. The deadline to apply varies by program and is generally around Dec. 31.
Are companions welcome on interview day?
This varies by program. Contact the program administrator if you plan to bring a companion to your interview.
Application Materials for Family Medicine Residency Programs
- Personal statement that includes the following:
- How you heard about the program
- What motivated you to apply
- What resources you need to achieve your goals
- What resources the program has that will help you achieve your goals
- Medical school performance evaluation (MSPE)
- Transcripts from all medical schools attended
- Curriculum vitae that includes the following:
- How many weeks or months were committed to each listed experience
How many days and hours were committed
If the experience is ongoing, include text about the experience continuing and an expected end time
- Three recent letters of recommendation*
- USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts
- Photograph of yourself
*Duluth requires two letters be written by a family physician and Mankato requests that at least one letter be written by a family physician
Applicant Criteria for Family Medicine Residency Programs
Criteria for all programs
1. Graduated from medical school or have patient care experience within five years of application. Medical schools must appear in one of the following directories:
- American Osteopathic Association
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education
- World Directory of Medical Schools and be accredited by an accrediting agency that is officially recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)
2. Qualified to begin work by mid-June.
3. Be eligible for a Minnesota Board of Medical Practice license
- Have a maximum of two failed attempts on each portion of the USMLE or COMLEX exams (Step 1/Level 1, Step 2-CK/Level 2-CE, and Step 2-CS/Level 2-PE)
- USMLE / COMLEX transcript updated in ERAS upon receipt of each step/level exam results.
- USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 to be passed within five years of Step 2 (CK) / Level 2 (CE).
- The first USMLE / COMLEX exam taken within eight years of starting residency or completed the SPEX exam within three attempts.
5. Have verified U.S. clinical experience.
6. International medical school graduates have ECFMG certification
- Current international medical school students be certified with the certification issue date before the first day of orientation.
- Past international medical school graduates certified for interview selection.
- Duluth, Methodist, North Memorial, St. John's, St. Joseph's, and UMN Medical Center sponsor J1 visas.
- Mankato and St. Cloud do not sponsor J1 visas. Candidates with pending permanent residency must obtain permanent residency by training start date.
- All programs do not sponsor H visas.
- USMLE Step 2 CK and CS or COMLEX Level 2 CE and PE results are not required for current students, but preferred for interview selection. There is no minimum score requirement.
- To be considered for ranking, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit Step 2 CK and CS or Level 2 CE and PE results. The absence of USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Level 2 results could adversely impact ranking.
- Applicants are expected to submit Step 2 CK and CS or Level 2 CE and PE results as soon as the score becomes available.
- Exhibit strong interest in full spectrum, rural family medicine
- Include at least two letters of recommendation from a family physician
- Exhibit strong interest in full spectrum, rural family medicine
- Include at least one letter of recommendation from a family physician
University of Minnesota Medical Center
- Submit application by Dec. 1