Residency Application & Selection Process

How to Apply

All resident applicants must place an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applications are due October 21st for the 2021 application cycle. (See the full ERAS timeline here.)

Selected applicants will be notified via email and will be asked to choose one interview date from a list of dates, which are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021 application cycle using Zoom and RezRATE.

2020 Interview Dates
November 6th
November 13th
November 20th
December 4th
December 11th

Application Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (“The Dean’s Letter,” due by November 1st)
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Transcript and Exam History
  • Neurosurgery Department Chairman’s Letter of Reference
  • ECFMG status (for international medical graduates)
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • Two letters of recommendation from:
    • Members of the Department of Neurosurgery
    • Attending physicians supervising your neurosurgery internship or experience

All applicants must be eligible for physicians in training permit or licensure by the Texas Medical Board and must clear a screening process to ensure that they are not listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs. The Health Science Center will perform the screening for you at no cost.

Interviews will be conducted in November, December and January of each year. Deadline for applications is October 15th.

For details on United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Guideline, review USMLE Requirements.

For more information please contact our Residency Coordinator.

Resident Eligibility

As per ACGME Institutional Requirements, applicants for residency training at UT Health San Antonio must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of medical school in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduate of an international medical school, meeting one of the following qualifications:
  • Have a currently valid ECFMG certificate
  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
  • Graduate of international medical school who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

All first year residency positions (PGY-1) should be offered through the National Residency Matching Program. When programs do not fill through the match, residents may subsequently be appointed to unfilled positions from the pool of unmatched students, or other sources, as long as they meet institutional standards.

All resident applicants must be subjected to a Security Background Check (please see specific policy) before beginning residency training. Any individuals listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs (Institutional Compliance Agreement p.6 of 18) are ineligible for residency or fellowship at UT Health San Antonio.

The non-citizen resident must have permanent resident status, J-1 visa, or approved H-1B visa for medical residency position at the UT Health San Antonio (please refer to the visas policy).

Resident Selection and Appointment

It is the policy of the UT Health San Antonio and its affiliated hospitals to sustain resident selection processes that are free from impermissible discrimination. In compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, the University of Texas System Policy , and Institutional Policy, no person shall be subject to discrimination in the process of resident selection on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Residency programs’ resident selection committees rank candidates on the basis of the group’s assessment of the individual’s potential contributions in that particular specialty of medicine. These judgments are based on the applicant’s academic performance, the assessment of their faculty as reflected in letters of recommendation, and personal qualities evaluated during the interview process conducted by faculty and resident representatives, including motivation, integrity, and communication skills.

In addition to the guidelines above, the TSBME mandates a postgraduate resident permit for all residents entering Texas programs. These rules essentially make it necessary for the resident to demonstrate that he/she will be eligible for permanent licensure in Texas. Residents are expected to be familiar with relevant regulations at