Application Process for Graduates of US and Canadian Medical Schools

  1. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)
    PLEASE NOTE: The basic components of your application (the common application form, transcript and Dean's Letter) MUST BE RECEIVED by us by November 15.
    ERAS allows four letters of recommendation to be sent to our program in addition to the required Medical Student Performance Evaluation Letter (MSPE or Dean's Letter). One letter should be from the chairman of the Department of Medicine or his/her designee. At least one of the remaining letters should be from Department of Medicine faculty. Additional letters of recommendation should be from faculty members who have worked with you in a clinical setting, who know you well from research or other scholarly projects, from community involvement experiences, etc. We encourage you to submit letters of recommendation that give our selection committee the broadest possible view of your qualifications and attributes, from as many different perspectives as is possible.
    We require three letters of recommendation in addition to the Dean's letter; you may submit an optional fourth letter of recommendation without penalty.
    There are no minimum USMLE score requirements for application to the residency program. Candidates must have passed the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 on their first attempt. Please note, UCSF now requires applicants to have passed both the clinical knowledge and clinical skills sections of Step 2 by February 15th in order to be ranked by our program.
    Photographs are NOT required to complete your ERAS application. However, since considerable evaluation of your entire application packet occurs for many weeks after your visit and interview on "Applicant Day", a photograph greatly assists us in specifically recalling the details of your visit here. If you choose to submit a photograph, you can do so at any point in the application process timeline, since you will submit the (scanned) photograph to ERAS, and it will then be forwarded to us.
    Interviews will be scheduled only after our selection committee reviews applications. We will send interview invitations to you by email, so be sure to indicate your preferred and accurate email address on your ERAS application. The Department of Medicine conducts a one to two day program from approximately 7am to 5pm. The "Applicant Day" program provides an overview of the clinical rotations, individual interviews with faculty members, lunch with housestaff and tours of the training sites. An optional dinner with current residents is held the day before the first interview day. Please take this timeline into account when considering travel arrangements such as airline connections.

Interview dates in November 2017 - January 2018 are listed below.

  • November 27/28 (categorical/primary care)
  • November 30/December 1 (categorical/primary care/molecular medicine)
  • December 4/5 (categorical/primary care)
  • December 7/8 (categorical/primary care)
  • December 12/13 (categorical/primary care)
  • December 14/15 (categorical/molecular medicine)
  • December 18/19 (categorical/primary care)
  • December 21 (categorical)
  • January 4/5 (categorical/primary care/molecular medicine)
  • January 8/9 (categorical/primary care)


If you are a graduate of a medical school other than those in the US or Canada, you must follow different procedures first before applying to the program. Your application will be discarded without first following those outlined steps.