Application Process

Family medicine residency programs will begin reviewing ERAS applications in September 2022. Applicants will not be asked to complete a Supplemental ERAS Application or participate in program signals.

Interested in learning more before applying? Visit us at the AAFP National Conference, July 28 - July 30, 2022, or contact us with any questions at 612-626-0194, fmrp@umn.edu.

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 (see below)
  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
  • Interviews
  • Couples matching
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Off-cycle or PGY-2 positions
  • Interviews

    • Virtual interviews are likely for fall 2022; refer back to this website for updates
    • Invites for interviews are sent via ERAS and use ERAS self-scheduler
    • Generally, programs provide 24 hours for candidates to respond to interview invitations before sending other candidates invitations to interview for open interview spots
    • Programs contact applicants for interviews and about application status as early as the first full week of October and as late as January
    • Interviews are usually two to four hours on a weekday, and this varies by program
    • Notify residency administration with interview changes or cancellation within one to two weeks prior to the interview

    Contact us at fmrp@umn.edu or 612-626-0194 if you have questions or need more information.

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  • Couples matching

    All 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: St. Cloud does 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 fmrp@umn.edu.

    • 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

Application Materials for Family Medicine Residency Programs

Submit the following application materials for the seven 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

Required

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.

Visas

  • Duluth, Methodist, North Memorial, St. John's, Woodwinds, and UMN Medical Center sponsor J1 visas.
  • St. Cloud does not sponsor J1 visas. Candidates with pending permanent residency must obtain permanent residency by training start date.
  • All programs do not sponsor H visas.

Exams

  • 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.

Program-specific

Duluth

  • Exhibit strong interest in full-spectrum, rural family medicine
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a family physician