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 104610M0
  • UC Davis Internal Medicine - Primary Care 104610M1 (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).

  • Application (Electronic Residency Application Service - ERAS)

  • 3 or more letters of recommendation (1 letter must be from the Chair of Medicine at your medical school (or Chair's designate)

  • Dean's letter

  • Medical school transcripts

  • USMLE scores (Parts I and II, 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.

  • Personal statement


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 October 1st.  We do not extend interview offers until all applications are reviewed, which is usually in the 3rd week of October.

Interviews will be scheduled between November and January.

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 2020 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.

How To Contact Us

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