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Application Process

Interview Selection

Positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Statement of Expectations

A selection committee of faculty and chief residents reviews all potential candidates and makes decisions about who receives interview invitations. Our program is searching for candidates of all backgrounds who would be a great fit in our program. We prioritize individuals who demonstrate a track record of patient centeredness, kindness, empathy, diligence, and good communication skills.

Our interview invitations go out in waves and candidates will have the opportunity to schedule their preferred date through Interview Broker. We notify individuals of their status in our selection process on or around November 1.

Connections to our program and the Memphis area

We gladly welcome individuals from all regions into our program. Due to the limited number of interview slots that we have and our inability to interview all qualified candidates, we would love to know if you have particular connections to the greater Memphis area and/or the State of Tennessee. Please contact our program coordinator Amanda Roberts at if you would like us to know of any specific reasons why you are interested in our program.

A complete application consists of:

  • Current Photograph
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
    • A score for Step 1/Part 1 is required with submission of your initial application
    • Scores for both components of Step 2/Part 2 are encouraged to be available as early as possible, but are required prior to January 31st for an applicant to be considered for our rank list
    • We will consider all applications in a holistic manner, without firm requirements for specific USMLE scores
  • Minimum of three Letters of Recommendation, with one being from your Department of Medicine's chairperson or delegate
    • If you do not have access to a Medicine Department Chair, 3 to 4 letters of support from physicians or scientists with whom you have worked is acceptable


IMG Requirements

Due to the large number of highly qualified applicants that we receive, only a small number of international medical graduates are granted interviews. Please understand that if you email Dr. Bradsher directly requesting more information or expressing interest in our program, you will not receive a reply.

To be considered by our selection committee as an IMG applicant, one must have a passing score of 230 on the first attempts of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and a passing score on the first attempt of Step 2 CS.

In addition, we require the date of graduation from medical school to be within the last three (3) years, or that an applicant must have worked as a physician in a clinical setting for at least two years out of the last five years. We do not require USMLE Step 3 when reviewing your application. 

To be considered for ranking, applicants must submit a valid ECFMG certificate by January 30th. We do not routinely sponsor J-1 Visas, and cannot sponsor H visas.

The Internal Medicine Program does not facilitate observerships or externship. 

ERAS 2021 Residency Application Timeline

Application Deadline

The application deadline is October 10. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for an interview. 

Preliminary Year Internship

We do not interview for our preliminary year internship, and do not have any special requirements for a department chair letter or other related application expectations that exist for Categorical Internal Medicine. We have existing commitments with the categorical and advanced programs at UTHSC that our preliminary year internship feeds into, e.g. Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, and Radiation Oncology. You will receive more information from them if/when you are invited for an interview at the UTHSC programs that we have relationships with. For individuals who are interested in the UTHSC preliminary year program for one year and not in conjunction with a UTHSC PGY-2 program, we will have informal informational sessions about that process in January 2020. If you have special and specific ties to Memphis or UTHSC and are not a UTHSC College of Medicine student, please notify the coordinator with that information.

Last Published: Jul 24, 2020