Our Approach and Requirements


Thank you for your interest in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Training Program! 


Our approach to selecting applicants:

    • We take a holistic approach to review applications. We take into account the following characteristics: diverse life experiences, medical school performance (with a focus on clerkships and in particular the medicine clerkship and medicine sub-internship), community involvement and engagement, scholarly work, and demonstration of leadership qualities.
    • We will not accept any applications sent to us in ERAS after 4pm on Thursday, October 7th, 2021.
    • We do not have a set USMLE or COMLEX cut-off score; however, most of our applicants score above 225 on USMLE Step 1. We expect that individuals have passed the exams in their first attempt and performed competitively. We do accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE. The minimum required COMLEX score is 600.
      • USMLE Step 2 scores are not required at the time of application but must be completed before starting residency.
    • We strongly recommend applicants to have graduated from medical school within the last 2 years to be competitive.
    • We strongly recommend having one month of clinical experience in a U.S. healthcare system. Tele-rotations do count as clinical experience; however, we do not count observerships or research as clinical experience. 


    • We will accept only applications submitted to us electronically through ERAS. If you are an international medical graduate, you must apply to our program through an ECFMG office.
      • We are not utilizing the supplemental application for the AY21-22 application cycle
    • We require a chairman's letter and three letters of recommendation, which is a total of 4 letters.
      • Chairman's letter is optional for preliminary applicants.
      • For those applying after serving in the armed forces after medical school graduation, we require a chairman's letter from your time at medical school and strongly suggest one of your letters of recommendation be from your current commanding officer.
    • Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow a resident to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
    • Residents in our program must be vaccinated against COVID19 in addition to all standard vaccine series required to work in a medical environment.
    • International Medical Graduates must be ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certified at the time of your application or far enough along in the application process that you will receive certification no later than February 1 of the year in which you plan to match.



    The University of Colorado is unable to offer observerships or externships to anyone who has already graduated from medical school.