The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Applicant Criteria

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at The University Graduate School of Medicine.

For the 2023-2024 interviewing season, we will be participating in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We have formally agreed to not accept applications outside the ERAS system. Please do not mail applications to us through the postal system - we will not be able to process them. To apply to our program, simply go to the ERAS web site and follow the directions. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has agreed to be the contact agency for all international medical graduates. They will assist you with any questions you may have regarding ERAS. If you are a foreign medical graduate, you will be required to go through this program.

We also participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) so we have agreed to only accept applicants who are participating in the NRMP. We do not offer positions outside the NRMP. We have 12 positions available for PGY-1 residents. At this time our program does not have any vacancies for 2nd & 3rd year residents. 

We review all applications sent to us through ERAS. In the 2022-2023 application season, we received almost 2,000 applications for our 12 positions & filled through ERAS. Our requirements are:

1.      We do require passing the USMLE or COMLEX exams on the first attempt (both Step 1 and Step 2) and one year of prior U.S. training, which can include any research work.
2.      We require applicants be within 5 years following graduation from medical school.
3.      All scores and testing must be completed before an applicant will be considered for interview (we understand that graduation from medical school must take place before you can receive your ECFMG certificate).

4.      Please keep in mind that The University of Tennessee Medical Center/Knoxville does not sponsor the H-1 VISA. We do currently have International Medical Graduates in our program - all are either citizens of the U.S. or on a J-1 Visa.

5.      Sorry, but due to legal matters (patient confidentiality, malpractice, etc), The University of Tennessee Medical Center or UT Graduate School of Medicine does not allow observerships or externships.

Please note that we do not deviate from these rules - we really do mean no more than 5 years following graduation from medical school, one full year of prior U.S. training and all tests must be passed on the first attempt.

To find out more, please visit UT Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Medicine.

Again, thank you for your inquiry. We feel we have an excellent program to offer you. Deadline for receipt of applications will be December 1, 2023.

Janet Lubas, MD
Interim Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville


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