FAQ: Applying

Q: When do you hold your interviews?

A: Interviews run from October through January. Invitations are issued on a rolling basis. Preliminary interviews are held on Mondays and Categorical interviews are held on Thursdays and Fridays. We limit the number of applicants on any given day to assure you a more personal view of our training program. This information is reviewed by our residency application committee and invitations are extended as early as possible via email. We understand the difficulties students face making complicated travel arrangements.

Q: Do you have USMLE score minimums?

A: We prefer scores > 210 but do not have an absolute cutoff.  Applicants who have previous failures on the USMLE are generally less likely to successfully match in our program

Q: Do you have COMLEX score minimums?

A: We prefer scores > 500 but do not have an absolute cutoff.

Q: Do you have a medical school graduation year cutoff?

A: Applicants who graduated more than 5 years ago are generally less likely to successfully match in our program.

Q: Do you require U.S. Clinical Experience?

A: While US clinical experience is not an absolute requirement,  it is highly encouraged.

Q: Do you take IMGs?

A: Yes, based upon their qualifications.

Q: What visas do you sponsor?

A: We sponsor J-1 visas only.

Q: Do you require ECFMG certification to apply?  

A: No, you do not have to be ECFMG certified to apply, but you need to be certified by match day.

Q: Do you participate in couples match?

A: Yes

Q: Do you offer observerships or externships to medical school graduates?

A: No, we do not offer observerships or externships if you have already graduated medical school. Those still in medical school can apply for a Sub-I or away rotation here at UT Health San Antonio through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  International students must contact the Office of the Dean. The residency program does not make arrangements for observerships or externships.

Q: What is so special about your program? Why should I choose it?

A: We’re so glad you asked! Take a look at our Program Highlights

Q: What fellowship programs do you offer?

A: Learn more about the fellowship programs offered at UT Health San Antonio. Click on the names to be directed to the specific program sites. 

Q: How do I apply to the Internal Medicine residency program?

A: We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the American Association of Medical Colleges. We DO NOT accept applications outside of ERAS. For more information regarding the electronic application process please contact your dean’s office or access ERAS online.

Visit ERAS online

Q: What documentation do you require with for the ERAS application:

  • 1. A complete and official medical school transcript;
  • 2. The Dean’s letter (MSPE) ; 
  • 3. Three letters of recommendation. Two from members of the Department of Internal Medicine and letters from attending physicians supervising your medicine sub-internship or ICU experience are highly suggested;
  • 4. United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) transcript (parts I and II);
  • 5. Personal statement.

Q: What is your preferred method of communication?

A: All official correspondence should be through the ERAS system. General questions can be submitted to imresidency@uthscsa.edu

Q: I would like to know a status update on my application. Who should I talk to?

A: We are not able to comment on the status of individual applications. You will be notified via email with an invitation to interview or if your application has been declined.


How will COVID 19 impact the application process in 2020?

  • Most  students in US medical  schools  have experienced delays or interruptions in their clinical training due to COVID 19. Applications will still be considered even if some core clerkships or sub-internships have not been completed.  The program reviews applications holistically and takes into account the applicants’ entire experience in their courses and clerkships.

International Graduates

  • International Graduates have also been impacted by cancellation of the Step 2 CS examination and limitations in the availability of observerships in the US.  Our program can only consider international applicants who are ECFMG certified. Any of the pathways to certification outlined by the ECFMG are acceptable. The program reviews all applications holistically, taking into consideration prior training and clinical experiences. Clinical rotations or observerships in the US are an important element considered in the application,  as these experiences help prepare applicants  for residency in the United States.


All residency interviews will be conducted virtually. There will be opportunities to interact informally with current residents in the program through a virtual platform. In person visits, “second looks”, visiting rotations, etc., are currently NOT permitted at UTHSCA due to COVID related restrictions.

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