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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). 

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.

We are participating in the ERAS supplemental application (read more about it: About the supplemental ERAS application | AAMC). This is optional for applicants, however, applicants' utilization of this application and its signal preferences is the best way to communicate a high level of interest. 

Our interview invitations go out in waves and candidates will have the opportunity to schedule their preferred date through ERAS. We notify individuals of their status in our selection process on or around December 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 to inform us of any specific reasons why you are interested in our program.

Preliminary Year Internship

We do not host interviews 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. Our preliminary year positions are directly tied to categorical PGY-2 positions in certain UTHSC subspecialty programs. We will communicate through ERAS in by Februrary 2022 if there are any updates or opportunities for preliminary year positions that are not directly tied to categorical UTHSC subspecialty residency programs.

A complete application consists of:

  • Current Photograph
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
    • We will consider all applications in a holistic manner, without firm requirements for specific USMLE scores.
    • A score for Step 1/Part 1 is required with submission of your initial application.
    • Scores for Step 2/Part 2 are not required to be granted an interview.
    • Scores for Step 2 CK/Part 2 CE are encouraged to be available as early as possible. Passing scores are required prior to February 15 for an applicant to be considered for our rank list.
  • Minimum of three Letters of Recommendation, with one being preferentially from your Department of Medicine's chairperson or delegate
    • Due to the effects of the pandemic, we are complying with AAIM recommendations of 2 Required Letters: 1 clinical LOR from an IM faculty + 1 Department of Medicine Summary Letter of Evaluation. You may then also submit 1 optional LOR which could be from clinical faculty or a scholarly project mentor.
ERAS 2022 Residency Application Timeline

Application Updates

The application deadline is November 9. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for an interview.

Twenty categorical spots will be filled for the 2022 match season.

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.

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 February 15. We do not routinely sponsor J-1 Visas, and cannot sponsor H visas.

The Internal Medicine Program does not facilitate observerships or externship.

Last Published: Jan 12, 2022