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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program at UC Irvine.

To apply, complete and submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) ›

We do not accept hard copy applications or supporting documents.

International medical graduates

The PM&R residency program accepts applications from international medical graduates who have received their ECFMG letter from the California Medical Board.

International medical graduates should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for detailed requirements. This letter must be included in the required letters of recommendation as a fourth letter. A J-1 visa is required.

Our program requires the completion of a preliminary/transitional year in an ACGME-approved program prior to the start of our residency program.  

Required documents

All residency applications must include the following documents to be considered for an interview:

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement, which allows the residency committee to get to know you, your attributes and motivations for pursuing a career in PM&R (provide your experience with PM&R and your experience with research)
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a PM&R supervisor or advisor
  • USMLE: Step 1, Step 2 CK  (required for allopathic and osteopathic applicants)
  • COMLEX: Level 1, Level 2 CE (required for osteopathic applicants)


Interviews are held during the months of November and December. It is recommended that applicants submit a completed ERAS application and supporting documentation on or before Oct. 15th. 


All applicants who match are required to take and pass the following USMLE and/or COMLEX exams before matriculation into the PM&R residency program: 

  • MDs: USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS, and Step 3
  • DOs: USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, COMLEX Level 1, Level 2 CE and PE, and Level 3

We look forward to receiving your application.  If you have any questions, please contact our Residency Coordinator, Susan Downing.