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Recruitment Process

Interested in joining our Internal Medicine team? Learn about the application and recruitment process for residents:


The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Health System offers 23 categorical positions and 14 preliminary year positions each year.  In order to fill our preliminary year positions, we work closely with advanced programs in dermatology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiation-oncology, radiology and interventional radiology.  In addition, we offer preliminary year position(s) untethered to a specific destination program.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Current senior or graduate from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOACOCA); or, graduation from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualifications:

(1) holding a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment

(2) holding a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States licensing jurisdiction in which the ACGME-accredited program is located

International medical graduates are sponsored primarily on J-1 visas.  On a case by case basis, we will consider H1B visa sponsorship. Note consideration of H-1B sponsorship is limited to individuals who have passed Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE by Match Day. 

Visa Option for Prospective Residents and Fellows (PDF) 

All appointments for residency are subject to ability to obtain an unrestricted Kansas medical license.

Application Process

Our program receives applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS). Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application.  The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by November 30th.

To apply to the program, visit the ERAS website. All applications must include:

  • MyERAS application
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation - at least 3 
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE or "Dean's Letter")
  • USMLE transcripts and/or COMLEX-USA transcripts

An Internal Medicine Chair or Departmental letter is optional.

Our program will participate in program signaling.  We will utilize signals as one of many data points in deciding whom to invite to interview.

All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates must register through the NRMP website.   Personal interviews are by invitation only and are based on the applicant's academic performance, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores and/or COMLEX-USA scores, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments as detailed in the ERAS application.  Interviews are conducted on selected dates from October through January. If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified by email. We are unable to provide applicants with a status report regarding their application or selection for interview.  

Applicants should complete USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK exams (or equivalent COMLEX exams) and release their scores to ensure that we can view the results of these exams before the NRMP rank list deadline in mid-February.

Program Description NRMP Program Code
Internal Medicine 1208140C0
Internal Medicine/Research 1208140C1
Med-Prelim/Dermatology 1208140P5
Med-Prelim/Int Radiology 1208140P8
Med-Prelim/Ophthalmology 1208140P7
Med-Prelim/PM&R 1208140P1
Med-Prelim/Radiation Onc 1208140P6
Med-Prelim/Radiology 1208140P3
Medicine-Preliminary 1208140P0

Interview Process

We interview ~250 applicants for our 23 categorical positions. Interviews will be offered in a virtual environment for the 2023-2024 recruitment season. Except in infrequent circumstances, all invitations for interviews will be offered by December 1st.

Given our partnership with advanced destination programs for our preliminary year positions, we do not interview for our preliminary year positions. Instead, we utilize interview data gathered from our partner destination programs.

Matched Student Characteristics

With each match cycle, we aim to recruit resident physicians that have a strong aptitude, engaging personality, effective communication skills, focused work ethic and growth-oriented mindset. We recognize that our team is strengthened by its diversity; we prioritize both inherent and acquired diversity through all steps of our recruitment process. We acknowledge that we have much work to do to ensure that our physician team reflects the diversity found in our local community - allowing us to better serve our patient population.

Why KU

Hear from some of our residents about why they chose KU and what they have experienced in the internal medicine residency program.

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KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Mailstop 1022
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6000
Fax: 913-588-3995