How to Apply

We only accept applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). We ask all applicants to address why they are applying to our residency program within their personal statement. Please review the rest of this page for additional information about required application materials. In 2023, our program is participating in program signaling. Please signal us in ERAs. This applies to all applicants, including local CU students or anyone who has rotated with us.

Applications should include the following:

  1. ERAS application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), or “Dean's letter”
  4. Medical school transcript
  5. USMLE or COMLEX (Steps 1 and 2) transcript
  6. Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a family physician)
  7. A personal statement: Within your personal statement, you must include why our program is a good fit for you and your career goals. This can be added as an additional paragraph within your personal statement or can be infused within your statement.


Application Criteria​

Thank you for considering applying to our program. Please review the following application criteria.

  1. Specific USMLE or COMLEX scores are not required, but applicants who have passed all exams on their first attempt will be given preference.
  2. We prefer that one of the three letters of recommendation be from a U.S. physician who has worked with you long enough to attest to your clinical skills. A letter from a U.S. family physician is strongly encouraged.
  3. We give preference to International Medical Graduates who are ECFMG certified at the time of application.
  4. We strongly encourage applicants to have at least one year of hands-on clinical experience in the U.S, defined as being paid to provide patient care as a physician or participating in a program where the applicant is providing direct patient care under supervision and performance is formally evaluated.
  5. Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the past five years.
  6. Applicants should not have a gap in providing patient care as a physician of more than two years since completing their medical education.
  7. Residents in our program must be either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the resident to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. At this time, our program cannot support residents with a visa. 
  8. Please note: The University of Colorado has a requires all new medical residents and other employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions (medical and religious) can be found here.

ERAS Codes

University Track: 1076120C3

Denver Health Track: 1076120C0

Rural Track: 1076120C4​

Interview Process

In 2023-24, all interviews for University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education (GME) will be conducted virtually. We plan to hold interviews from late October through December. Interviews will occur on weekday mornings (some Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) from approximately 8 AM -12 PM Mountain Time. Interviews for our UH and DH tracks will be held concurrently and applicants will be considered for both tracks. Applicants who initially applied to only one track can change their minds at any time and apply to the other track. They will need to indicate this change in ERAS to be included on both match lists.

We plan to send out invitations in October and November and may send invitations in December if we have openings then. 

Due to the unique nature of our rural track in Fort Morgan, interviews are separate and will occur on Wednesday mornings with our faculty, residents, and staff in Fort Morgan and Denver. To be considered for the Rural Track, applicants must apply to the Rural Track and take part in that interview day.


We will also invite interviewees to additional virtual events to better get to know our residents, faculty, and program during interview season. We plan to host optional, non-evaluative site visits in early 2024 to give applicants an opportunity to visit our program in-person to get to know our community and training program. These site visits will be for the applicant's benefit only and will not be considered in our ranking decisions.

Family Medicine (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Box F496

Aurora, CO 80045


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