How to Apply

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Apply using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

We accept applications September 15 through December 31, and selected candidates will be invited to interview. We recommend you apply early.

A limited number of categorical positions are occasionally available at the PGY-2 level.

We welcome applicants who will graduate from qualified medical school programs in this country or abroad. Please note our eligibility criteria.

Supplemental ERAS Application Form: Our Internal Medicine Residency Program will be accepting the ERAS Supplemental Form for the 2021-2022 application season. We are NOT requiring this form to be completed. As this is a new component of the application, we are using this year as a “pilot” to determine how to best use the form. We do not anticipate this form to change our overall process for selecting candidates for interviews and hope that by simply applying to our program, you are showing interest in our program.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, please contact us at intmedres@uiowa.edu or (319) 384-9668.

Training Program Eligibility Criteria

U.S. Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Completed USMLE Step 1 and 2
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation 
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)

Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Completed COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 OR USMLE Step 1 and 2
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)

International Medical School Graduates

  • Completed and passed USMLE Step 1, Step 2, and Step 2 CS on first attempt. Scores must be available before you can be considered for an interview.
  • Hands on Clinical Experience in the United States medical system (this does NOT include observerships)
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
    • Photograph (optional)
  • U.S. citizenship or J-1 Visa

The Interview

We will interview selected candidates October through January. The night before your interview, you will be invited to join current residents for dinner in Iowa City. This is an informal time to get to know our residents and learn more about the program and life in Iowa City. On the day of your interview, you will receive a personalized schedule. Your day will start with an overview of the program, followed by interviews with our program director, an associate program directory, and a member of the UIHC faculty. We strive to match you with a faculty interviewer in your field of interest, if known. Between interviews, you will join a guided tour of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and have time to relax and chat with current residents. Following your interviews, you will join our residents for our Noon Conference and participate in a Chief Resident led Case Conference. After conference, there will be a short wrap up; we plan for the day to end by 2:30pm.