Application, Eligibility & Selection

Entry Requirements:

The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado does not discriminate with regard to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, or Veteran status

Certification by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the National Board of Osteopathic Medicine (NBOME), or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is required. 

International medical graduates must hold a valid ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate, or have a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction, or have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine recognizes that housestaff enrolled in its program are trainees, not employees. As such, applicants also must be able to meet the conditions of the school’s Houseofficer Training Agreement. Specifically, they must: 

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or hold a valid U.S. resident alien card;

  2. Possess (or be eligible to obtain) all three of the following:  
    • Valid passport
    • Valid 1-94 card (obtained upon entry to the U.S.) that indicates D/S J-1 (Duration of Status for J-1 visa);
    • J-1 visa or H1B visa sponsorship from the ECFMG to train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
  3. Eligible for a physician training license as granted by the Colorado Medical Board.

  4. In accordance with the CU GME USMLE, COMLEX, and LMCC Examination Policy, applicants must have successfully completed the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS) examinations, or the COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 examinations, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for the examinations prior to starting a residency.

Selection Criteria: 


  1. We look for ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity,    and the ability to function within parameters expected of a practitioner in the specialty.

  2. To determine the appropriate level of education for individuals wishing to transfer from another training program, the program director must receive written verification of  previous educational experiences and a statement regarding the performance evaluation of the transferring resident prior to acceptance into the program. 

  3. We will review and select applicants in a manner consistent with provisions of equal opportunity employment and will not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or any other applicable legally protected status.

  4. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). 


University of Colorado Residents are provided with excellent benefits. Given the cost of living in Denver, the housestaff salaries are very competitive with other major cities in the U.S. In addition, our benefits package for individuals and especially families is extremely generous when compared with most employer based plans. 

20-21 Sample of GME Benefit Coverage

20-21 Sample GME Contract

20-21 Stipends

Residents and Fellows are paid by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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