How To Apply

The Residency application deadline is November 15. Interviews are scheduled in December, by invitation only. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You will need to submit your application documents electronically.

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We strive to ensure fairness to all our applicants during recruitment season. To uphold this: 

  • We will review every application that we receive including preference signals and geographic preferences.

  • We hope to have interview invitations out by mid to late October.

  • We have 48 interview positions. We will not offer more interview invitations than we have interview slots.

  • You'll have 72 hrs to respond to an interview invitation before we extend it to someone else. 

  • Our six interview days will start on Nov 30 and conclude on Dec 15.  

  • All interviews will be virtual.

  • At this time we are not offering a "second look" date.

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Application Process

Applications are only accepted via ERAS. No paper applications, resumes, or other documentation will be reviewed if received by fax or mail. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine will be using a software application, Thalamus, to gather data from ERAS applications in order to easily sort through applications and build our interview lists.

What this means to you:

  • Your biographical information (name, gender, birth place, etc) along with your education/research experience will be uploaded into the online database;
  • The computers used to store and analyze your application are not connected to the internet, nor is it used for any other purpose. The application is transmitted to Thalamus through a secure server using industrial strength encryption (Box);
  • Your personal identifiable information will not be shared with anyone outside of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine education leadership; and
  • You are not legally required to have your information uploaded to Thalamus. However, only applications uploaded into Thalamus will be reviewed.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must hold an MD or DO degree, or expect to graduate with an MD or DO degree by the time they matriculate into their PGY-1 year. Applicants should have graduated from medical school or osteopathic school within the last five years or should not have been away from practicing clinical medicine for more than three years.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, plus the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter, are required. Letters of recommendation should come from clinical faculty that know the applicant well.


The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) is accepted in lieu of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

U.S. clinical experience

The preference is that applicants have some U.S. experience, observerships or rotations, and a letter of recommendation from a PM&R physician. No specific set amount of time is required.

International Medical Graduates

IMGs are eligible to apply. PM&R accepts J-1 visa sponsorship for applicants who obtained an ECFMG certificate prior to visa application if the applicant is an international medical graduate (see Institution Policy on IMGs). We do not accept H1-B visa sponsorship. Please contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for further information.

Learn More About Gopher PM&R Residents

Learn more about the program and Gopher PM&R Residents. We have numerous informational videos and resources available. 

Positions Available

Four categorical positions and one advance position are offered annually. If applying for an advanced position, the following transitional year programs are acceptable: Family Practice, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and Internal Medicine.