Residency Applications

Residency Application Requirements

The University of Virginia Health System is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program.  All applicants for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency appointments must register with the NRMP to participate in the Match.  Foreign Medical Graduates should register either via their school (if applicable) or via the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  All applications to our program must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The Program does not accept hard copy applications via regular mail or fax nor electronic copies via email.  The deadline for accepting applications is November 15th.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program Positions:

Our department has two tracks available to MD and DO candidates – the (4-year) Categorical Program and the (3-year) Advanced Program.  It is possible to apply to either or both programs:

  • Categorical (4-Year) Program: Includes completing your internship within our program. If you match through ERAS, you enter into a PGY1 position in June of that same year. You stay at UVA PM&R for four years.
    Program Code: 1737340C0
    (2 positions are available each match for this program.)
  • Advanced (3-Year) Program: Does not include the PGY1 year. You complete your intern year prior to joining our PGY2 class. If you match through ERAS, you enter into our program the following year in July, after completing your preliminary year requirements in another program. You stay at UVA PM&R for three years.
    Program Code: 1737340A0
    (2 positions are available each match for this program.)


Applications to the program should include: 

  • Completed Application Form (CAF)
  • MSPE (Dean’s Letter) – as soon as available, usually on or about November 1st
  • USMLE or COMLEX score for Step I – we look for strong board scores and a pass on the first attempt. M4’s should have sat or scheduled Step II, CS and CK, by the time of interview – with passing scores on first attempt required by the end of interview season
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (LOR) – at least one letter should be from a Physiatrist
  • Personal Statement

Additional Requirements for International Medical Graduates: 

  • USMLE scores for Step I, II (CK) – we look for strong a strong pass on first attempt and a Pass on Step II (CS). These are required to be eligible for ECFMG certification
  • TOEFL score of 275 or a first time pass on USMLE Step II, Clinical Skills as proof of language proficiency
  • Graduation from medical school within the past five years
  • Must have at least two clinical rotations in the United States and a Letter of Recommendation from each rotation
  • ECFMG certification at the time of appointment
  • Only the J1 Visa is supported

Also, graduation from medical school within the past five years is not required, but is preferred.

Interview Process:

Each application is reviewed by the Residency Committee prior to extending an invitation to interview.  A formal interview is required to be considered for the program.  In order for your application to be reviewed we require, at minimum –

  • Completed Application Form (CAF)
  • USMLE Transcript
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three letters of Recommendation (LOR)
  • Personal Statement
  • IMG’s, in addition to the above must be ECFMG certified at the time of appointment


The committee will not review incomplete applications.
Upon review of complete applications the program will notify the applicant through ERAS of their decision.

Interviews for match season are on the dates listed below. The interview day is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. We hope you have a great interview season!



Thursday,     October 24, 2019

Thursday,     November 7, 2019

Thursday,     November  21, 2019

Thursday,     December 6, 2019

Thursday,     December  12, 2019

Thursday,     December 19, 2019

Friday,    January 10, 2020


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If you require additional information on our residency program that you do not see here, please contact our Program Coordinator, Joanne Palmer via e-mail (preferred) or by phone at (434)-243-5631