Apply to Family Medicine Residency Programs and Interview Information

Applications for the eight family medicine residency programs will be accepted beginning September 15. Deadlines vary by program. 

How to apply

Applying as soon as possible is strongly encouraged because interview calendars fill up fast, and programs have wait lists.

  1. Register with the National Resident Matching Program
  2. Review the application criteria and materials needed for application
  3. Apply separately to each University of Minnesota family medicine residency program in which you're interested through ERAS by the application deadline, which varies by program

Check ERAS for communications about the status of your application with each program or contact Laura Pham, 612-626-0194,

Programs contact applicants for interviews and about application status as early as September and as late as January.

Tip: Set up an e-mail specifically for application correspondence and include it in your ERAS application. Set up your ERAS e-mail to be forwarded to an e-mail account service that can send you an alert on your personal device when an e-mail is received. Contact ERAS and/or your e-mail service provider for assistance.


  • Held from October to January
  • Times and days of the week vary by program
  • Please allow one day for each program's interview
  • Notify residency administration with interview changes or cancellation within one to two weeks prior to the interview
  • View transportation and lodging information

Contact us if you have questions or need more information.

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Couples matching

All eight programs will consider couples match applicants.

Visa sponsorship

We do not sponsor H-1B visas. The J-1/J-2 alien physician visa, sponsored by ECFMG, is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all University of Minnesota graduate medical education programs.

Please note: Mankato and St. Cloud do not sponsor employment visas.

Off-cycle or PGY-2 positions

Applicants must meet the criteria to be considered for possible off-cycle or PGY-2 positions. Contact programs directly for potential openings.

Submit the following materials to Laura Pham by e-mailing

  • Personal statement, including reason for off-cycle start or change in residency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts, which verifies number of attempts on each exam
  • Three letters of recommendation written within last year
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical school performance evaluation/dean's letter
  • Current or previous program director's contact information
  • List of rotations completed at current or previous residency
  • ECFMG Certification, if a non-US medical school graduate


Do I need to apply to more than one program to be considered for an interview at multiple programs?
Yes. If you are interested in more than one of our residency programs, you need to apply to each program, individually, through ERAS to be considered for an interview.

How much time should I allow for each interview?
One day per program.

When is the best time to apply?
Apply as soon as possible. The deadline to apply varies by program and is generally around Dec. 31.

Are companions welcome on interview day?
This varies by program. Contact the program administrator if you plan to bring a companion to your interview.

2020 residency start dates

  • Duluth: June 15, 2020
  • Mankato: June 15, 2020
  • Methodist: June 10, 2020 (estimated)
  • North MemorialJune 15, 2020 (estimated)
  • St. Cloud: June 15, 2020 (estimated)
  • St. John's: June 15, 2020 (estimated)
  • St. Joseph's:  June 15, 2020 (estimated)
  • UMN Medical Center: June 16, 2020 (estimated)