How to Apply

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and all applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

We accept applications from Sept. 1 through Jan. 1. All applications are reviewed. Applicants receiving interviews are selected based upon their letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic record, and board exam scores.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Common Application Form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One page personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Photo (optional)

Applicant Information

Application Materials

A complete Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) application includes:

  • Common application form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One-page personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Photo (optional)

Eligibility

US Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
    • Photograph
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

US Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills or COMLEX 1 and COMLEX 2.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
    • Photograph
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

International Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large US teaching hospital.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
      • Letters of recommendation written by supervising physicians in the U.S. setting are very beneficial in helping us assess your ability to function in our clinical setting.
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
      • Preference is given to candidates who completed medical school training within the past five years or enrolled in an accredited internship or residency program within the past five years.
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
    • Photograph
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • If you are graduate of a medical school outside of the U.S. or Canada, a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) must accompany your application. Learn more about ECFMG certification.
  • J-1 visa only

Couples Match

We encourage couples match applications and will make every attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applications. More information on couples matching can be found on the National Resident Matching Program website.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 1.

The Interview

All interviews are held on Thursdays, with an optional dinner the Wednesday night prior to the interview at the home of a current resident. Applicants will stay at the Graduate hotel in downtown Iowa City, with the cost paid by the University of Iowa.

The interview day will include breakfast, a program overview, and a tour by a senior resident. There will be a group lunch with the family medicine-psychiatry residents. Each applicant will have individual interviews with with faculty from family medicine, psychiatry, and the combined program, as well as one interview with a current resident.

The closest airport is CID (Eastern Iowa Regional), which is about 30 to 40 minutes from downtown Iowa City, depending on traffic.

The closest inter-city bus terminal is in Coralville, about 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Iowa City.

The pre-interview dinner typically begins at 6:30 p.m.

The interview day will conclude by 3:30 p.m.