How to Apply Internal Medicine Residency Program | Department of Internal Medicine | UC Davis Health

How to Apply

Electronic Residency Application Service

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Notice: The deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 15; applications received after that date may not be reviewed.

UC Davis Health ERAS codes:

  • UC Davis Internal Medicine - Categorical 1046140C0
  • UC Davis Internal Medicine - Primary Care 1046140M0
  • UC Davis Internal Medicine - Primary Care 1046140M1 (This is a special program ONLY for medical students graduating from 3-year medical school programs. Students from 4- year medical school programs should not apply to this program.)

All application materials must be received through ERAS. These are the required and recommended materials:

  1. Completed ERAS application
    • Our program has participated in the ERAS signaling program since its inception, and both we and applicants have found it useful.  We also find the expanded ERAS abilities to describe experiences and impactful life events very helpful. So we encourage applicants to use the features to their fullest.
    • We also realize that every applicant’s situation is unique, so we still review every application, regardless of whether we get “signaled” from an applicant.
  2. Two required letters of recommendation; with option up to 2 more
    • One letter from the Chair of Medicine at your medical school (or Chair's designate) – i.e. the Chair’s Letter
    • One letter from an internal medicine faculty who has supervised you clinically
    • Additional optional letters of recommendation: feel free to upload 1-2 additional letters from clinical faculty (from any field) and/or a scholarly project mentor, but these are NOT required
  3. Dean's letter (aka Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
  4. USMLE scores or COMLEX scores (Step 1 required, and Step 2, if available)
  5. Personal statement
  6. Selective Service Registration. In addition, male applicants must be able to provide evidence of registration for the Selective Service program (or evidence of exemption), but we do not require that this is submitted with the application. See below for further information. 

All applications are screened by our Selection Committee utilizing a holistic review. This is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics, and when considered in combination, how the applicant might contribute to our program’s mission and as a future practicing physician. This means that we take into account the entirety of students’ performance and background in determining who we offer interviews to. Thus, we do not have a minimum board score requirement (USMLE and/or COMLEX) —we only require that you have passed each step that you have taken. We review all applications that have passing scores, even if you failed on initial attempts. Students’ clinical performance and extracurricular activities (e.g. research, community engagement, volunteer work, leadership positions, life experience before medical school) are very important parts of our review. We value diversity in all of its forms – socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and living with disability. 

We generally do not review applications until after the release of the Dean's Letter in the end of September. Due to the time required to do a thorough holistic review, and the fact that we do not usually extend interview offers until all applications are reviewed, our interview invites usually do not come out until the last two weeks of October. 

For the 2023-2024 interview season, we will follow the AAMC’s recommendations and University of California rules and perform all interviews in a virtual fashion. Interviews will be scheduled between mid-November and the end of January.

We are working on the final interview day structure, but the actual interview day will include:

  • Greetings from and conversations with program leadership
  • Interviews with two faculty members
  • Sessions with our chief residents and residents with opportunities to ask questions and hear more about our program
  • Optional “Virtual Happy Hour” meeting with residents during the week of your interview
  • We also offer virtual second looks during the interview season

In order to ensure equity among all of our applicants, do not offer any in-person interviews nor in-person second looks.  This includes no formal or informal meetings with program representatives, tours of the facility, etc.  Applicants may wish to tour the UC Davis medical campus on their own.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program will only sponsor J1 Visas. 

  • Requirements for consideration of international medical graduates applying for postgraduate training in internal medicine also include:

    • Completed ERAS Application, including personal statement
    • Completion of prescribed course of study in an approved medical school in the past 5 years
    • Valid ECFMG certificate (passing both medical and English sections)
    • Passage of approved examination(s) (FLEX, USMLE)
    • Legal right to remain and work in the United States
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Dean's letter (MSPE)
    • Copy of medical school transcripts
    • Experience in an American hospital, with clinical exposure. (Pure research in a laboratory of an American hospital is not acceptable)
    • For more information on International Medical Graduates and Visas, please visit the Graduate Medical Education Office website.

Effective January 1, 2020 -- All applicants, regardless of whether the medical school attended was/is domestic or international, will be required to meet the following requirements:

  1. A Postgraduate Training License (PTL) will be required for all residents participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California in order to practice medicine as part of their training program.
  2. A PTL must be obtained within 180 days after enrollment in the program and will not be required to be renewed.
    • The profile of a holder of a PTL will be displayed on the Board's website for public view.


  1. A PTL is valid for 12 months for U.S. or Canadian medical school graduates or 24 months for international medical school graduates only while enrolled in a California ACGME-accredited postgraduate training program. The PTL is not renewable.
  2. A PTL holder who receives either 12 months (U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates) or 24 months (international medical school graduates) credit of Board-approved postgraduate training with at least four months of general medicine training, may apply for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License through the transition process.
  3. The Board may issue a PTL for up to 90 days after a resident has received credit for either 12 or 24 months of Board-approved postgraduate training and continues enrollment in a California ACGME-accredited postgraduate training program. If a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License is not obtained by the PTL expiration date, the physician must cease all clinical services in California.

The VA requires that all male residents, fellows, and paid employees who are required by law to register for the Selective Service must be able to provide evidence of registration or exemption from registration.  All of our residents rotate through the Sacramento VA Medical Center as a major teaching site. Thus, we require that applicants have this evidence of registration or exemption if they are going to apply to our program, as they must be able to work at the VA if they match in our program.

The requirements for Selective Service Registration are found here: Selective Service-Who Must Register. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

Dear Prospective Applicant:

All prospective applicants applying to the UC Davis Internal Medicine Residency Program will be considered per the screening criteria by our Selection Committee utilizing a holistic review; please refer to the application information included on this page for more details. Below you will find UC Davis Health and The Office Graduate Medical Education’s policies on employment, benefits and eligible and selection criteria:

For further details on UC Davis Health's and GME employment and eligibility please visit the GME’s website to learn more.

For medical students who are interested in rotating at UC Davis in their 4th year to check us out, we do offer many elective courses in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Students will need to visit the AAMC's Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) and complete an application (there is a fee associated with this). Cardiology, General Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Nephrology, Rheumatology/Allergy prefer to be contacted beforehand. The contact person for each subspecialty can be found through the VSLO catalogue.

Please note that for our Externship (Visiting Acting/Sub Internship) in Medicine (IMD 462), space is very limited. We do require that students have successfully completed all of their 3rd-year clerkships before enrolling for these electives. Please include the following additional documents for consideration: a letter of interest and USMLE/COMLEX scores (you may compile it into a word document and save as one PDF to upload onto the VSLO website).

Although we do not supply housing or stipends, there are many rentals available near the medical center. Arrangements for housing must be done on an individual basis.

Please note that the Office of Student and Resident Diversity does have a special program that offers significant financial assistance to qualified 4th year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Find More information on this Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Hershan Johl, M.D. and Craig Keenan, M.D.

Department of Internal Medicine
4150 V Street, #1100
Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: 916-734-7080
Fax: 916-734-7074

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