UTHSC International Medical Graduate Requirements


Candidates with a passing score on the first attempt on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS have priority in our selection process. We do not require USMLE Step 3 when reviewing your application. We have a minimum score requirement of 230. USMLE scores are only one aspect of a candidate’s application profile.

You may submit your application without your Step 2(CS) score. However, you must have your score and a valid ECFMG certificate by January 30.


We offer a J1 Visa only. Please do not submit an application to our program if you require a H visa.

Graduation from Medical School should be within the last three (3) years. If not, you must have worked as a physician in a clinical setting for at least 2 years in the last 5 years.

All residents must pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to start work at the University. Residents must pass USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX-USA Level 3 or MCCQE Part II to be eligible for a third year appointment. Failure to pass the required examination by the beginning of the third year of training will result in non-renewal of the resident's contract.