Application Process

The eight family medicine residency programs will begin reviewing ERAS® applications on September 29.

How to apply

Applying as soon as possible is strongly encouraged because interview calendars fill up fast, and programs have waitlists.

  1. Register with the National Resident Matching Program
  2. Review the application criteria and materials needed for application
  3. 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,

Programs contact applicants for interviews and about application status as early as the first full week of 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.

  • Interviews
  • Couples matching
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Off-cycle or PGY-2 positions
  • FAQs
  • Interviews

    • 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 or 612-626-0194 if you have questions or need more information.

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  • Couples matching

    All eight programs will consider couples match applicants.

  • Visa sponsorship

    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. Candidates with pending permanent residency must obtain permanent residency by training start date.

  • 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

    • 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
  • FAQs

    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

Submit the following application materials for the eight University of Minnesota family medicine residency programs.

  • Personal statement with the following:
    • What excites you about family medicine
    • Your experiences that influenced your decision to become a family physician
    • Future practice goals
  • Medical school performance evaluation (MSPE)
  • Transcripts from all medical schools attended
  • Curriculum vitae that includes the following:
    • Average hours/weeks for experience(s)
    • Details about varying hours and/or days of the experience in the description area of the experience
    • If listing an ongoing experience, include that the experience is continuing and add an expected end time in the description area of the experience.
  • Three recent letters of recommendation
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts
  • Photograph of yourself

Applicant Criteria for Family Medicine Residency Programs

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for an interview with one or more University of Minnesota 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:

2. Qualified to begin work by mid-June.

3. Be eligible for a Minnesota Board of Medical Practice license

4. Meet the following USMLE or COMLEX exam requirements:

    • 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)
    • USMLE / COMLEX transcript updated in ERAS upon receipt of each step/level exam results.
    • USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 equivalent pathway 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 or COMLEX Level 2 CE 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 or Level 2 CE results. 
  • Applicants are expected to submit Step 2 CK or Level 2 CE results as soon as the score becomes available.



  • Exhibit strong interest in full-spectrum, rural family medicine
  • Include at least one letter 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