All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 1st; applications received after November 1st may not be reviewed.

Our ERAS codes are:

  • 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.)

Application Materials

All application materials must be received through ERAS (no paper application materials, including C.V.s, will be accepted). See below for required and recommended materials. 

1. Completed ERAS application (Electronic Residency Application Service - ERAS)

  • For this 2021-2022 recruitment season, we will participate in the new AAMC ERAS Supplemental Application Program.
  • The additional information collected will help us learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and will help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission. Applicants are also able to signal a small number of programs of significant interest.
  • For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will strongly encourage (but not require) all applicants to complete the Supplemental ERAS Application in addition to the MyERAS application. There is no extra cost for the Supplemental application.
  • We will still review every application, regardless of whether the Supplemental ERAS Application is submitted or whether or not we get “signaled” from an applicant.
  • This Supplemental ERAS Application will be delivered on a survey platform that is separate from the MyERAS application and can be completed between September 1-30. Go here to go the AAMC website page on the ERAS Supplemental Application to find the latest information, FAQs, and resources.

2. Two required letters of recommendation; with optional 1-2 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 optional letters from clinical faculty (from any field) and/or a scholarly project mentor, but these are NOT required

3. Dean's letter

4. USMLE scores or COMLEX scores (Step 1 required, and Step 2, if available) - Note: we do not have a minimum board score requirement (USMLE and/or COMLEX) - please see full description on the selection process below to learn more.

5. Personal statement

6. Male applicants must be able to provide evidence of registration for the Selective Service program (or evidence of exemption). 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 value to our program and as a 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. 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 generally do not review applications until after the release of the Dean's Letter on September 29th 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 do not come out until the last two weeks of October.  


Interviews during the COVID19 Pandemic

For the 2021-2022 interview season, we will be doing all interviews virtually.  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

Information for International Medical Graduates or Non-US Citizens

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:

  • Application (Electronic Residency Application Services - ERAS), including curriculum vitae and 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
  • 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)
  • Effective January 1, 2020, the California Medical Board (CAMB) will no longer issue Postgraduate Training Authorization Letters (PTAL) to international medical graduates (IMG's). As a result, all IMG's applying to the 2021 residency match are no longer required to provide/submit a PTAL with their ERAS application. Please refer to licensing eligibility below.

For All Applicants: Licensing Eligibility in California:

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.
    1. The profile of a holder of a PTL will be displayed on the Board's website for public view.


  1. Successfully complete 36 months of postgraduate training accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  2. Will need to complete 24 consecutive months of training in the same program in order to be eligible for a physician's and surgeon's license.

Selective Service Requirement

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 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.

How To Contact Us

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at or call 916-734-7080.