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. But this year, due to COVID, we recommend that all applications be submitted by October 22nd.

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).

  • Application (Electronic Residency Application Service - ERAS)

  • 2 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 (we have reduced this requirement due to COVID pandemic)

  • Dean's letter

  • USMLE 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.

  • Personal statement

  • Though not required to be submitted at the time of application, you 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 October 1st.  We do not extend interview offers until all applications are reviewed, which is usually in the 3rd week of October.


Interviews during the COVID19 Pandemic

For the 2020-2021 interview season, we will be doing all interviews virtually.  We will review applications upon their release October 21st.   We do not extend interview invitations until all of the applications are reviewed to ensure a fair and holistic review for everyone.  Because of this, we will not send out invitations until approximately November 9, 2020. 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.

We are creating informational videos and other resources, which will be available prior to our interview season.  So if you are interested, please come back and visit this site periodically to look for updates.

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.

Selective Service Requirement

All of our residents rotate through the VA Medical Center as a major teaching site. 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  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.