Applicant Information


We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and adhere to their guidelines. We only accept applications through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) and require applicants to take USMLE exams. 


An applicant for graduate medical education at UCSF must have:

1. A medical degree prior to residency / fellowship program start date from one of the following:

  • Medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
  • Colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
  • Medical schools outside of the United States or Canada recognized by the California Medical Board.

2. A passing score on USMLE Step I.

3. A passing score on USMLE Step II (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills).

A passing score on USMLE Step II (CK and CS) is required for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program. To meet this requirement, applicants should submit their USMLE Step II (CK and CS) scores by Feb 15th. Download PDF information about the eligibility policy for all UCSF residencies and fellowships.

In your application, we require at least the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical transcript
  • USMLE-Part I scores (Prior to starting internship, you must have passed Part 1, Part 2 CK, and Part 2 CS) 
  • Dean's Letter

After receiving Dean's Letters, we will begin notifying applicants for interviews. Please be aware that Emergency Medicine faculty, writing letters of recommendations, should use the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) form. This can be downloaded from the CORD website.

If you are a foreign medical graduate, be aware that UCSF will only accept J1 visas and you will still need to apply through ERAS.