Application Process

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.

  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 September and as late as January.

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

    • Held from October to January
    • Times and days of the week vary by program
    • Please allow one day for each program's interview
    • Notify residency administration with interview changes or cancellation within one to two weeks prior to the interview
    • View transportation and lodging information

    Contact us 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 alien 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

    • 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 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.

    How much time should I allow for each interview?
    One day per program.

    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. The materials are required with your ERAS application.

  • 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 and Mankato request that at least one letter be written by a family physician

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, 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 one letter of recommendation from a family physician
  • Available and qualifed to begin work by June 14, 2019


  • Exhibit strong interest in full spectrum, rural family medicine
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a family physician
  • Available and qualifed to begin work by Monday, June 10, 2019

University of Minnesota Medical Center

  • Submit application by Dec. 1

 Lodging and Transportation

Lodging and Transportation Information

Lodging in Duluth, Mankato, St. Cloud

Duluth, Mankato, and St. Cloud residency programs will make hotel reservations for each applicant. 


Contact Lynn Zunich, 218-529-9101,

The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Dr
Duluth, MN 55802

The hotel is located about one mile from the residency.


Contact Stacy Tomhave, 507-594-6572,

Holiday Inn Express
2051 Adams St
Mankato, MN 56001


Contact Laurie Schmidt, 320-240-3112,

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
75 S 37th Ave
St. Cloud, MN 56301

The hotel is located about three miles from the residency.


Lodging in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Many lodging options are available in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

View lodging in Minneapolis-St. Paul


Travel to and from the interview is the responsibility of the applicant.

  • Book your flight to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (airport code: MSP)
  • Ask the hotel if they offer free shuttle service to your interview location(s) at the time of booking your room
  • Need a shuttle to and from the airport? See SuperShuttle
  • Check out Minnesota's largest transportation provider, MetroTransit (bus and light rail), named 2016 System of the Year by American Public Transportation Association
  • Save money and time by having a hotel shuttle drop you off at a MetroTransit light rail system stop and then travel directly to the airport via light rail
  • Check out Land to Air Express shuttle service between Minneapolis and Mankato for about $15 each way
  • Both Uber and Lyft are prevalent in the Twin Cities

For traffic and construction updates, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation 511 Traveler Information website


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