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University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency

Applying to Our Program


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Please refer to the below criteria when applying to our program:

  1. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in Family Medicine through participation in clinical experiences with family physicians.   
  2. Specific USMLE or COMLEX scores are not required, but applicants who have passed all exams on their first attempt will be given preference.
  3. One of the three letters of recommendation must be from a U.S. Physician who has worked with you long enough to attest to your clinical skills.  A letter from a U.S. Family Physician is strongly encouraged.
  4. International Medical Graduates must be ECFMG certified at the time of application to our program.
  5. Preference is given to applicants who have one year of U.S. hands-on clinical experience.  We define clinical experience as being paid to provide patient care as a physician or participating in a program where the applicant is providing direct patient care under supervision and performance is formally evaluated.
  6. Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the past five years (2011 or later).
  7. Applicants cannot have a gap in providing patient care as a physician longer than two years since completing their medical education.
  8. Residents in our program must be either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Please note that preference is given to applications that are received by November 1, 2015 ​

​How to Apply

The University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency currently accepts ten first-year residents, six for the University track and four for the Denver Health track.

The residency meets all the current and evolving requirements of the American Board of Family Medicine and ACGME.

The University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency only accepts applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). You will need to contact the Dean's office on your campus for your student workstation instructions on how to use ERAS. We do not accept paper applications. Applications should include:

  1. ERAS application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Dean's letter
  4. Medical school transcript
  5. USMLE or COMLEX (Steps 1 and 2) transcript
  6. Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a family physician)
  7. Also, please incorporate into your personal statement:
      • How you became interested in Family Medicine
      • What is it about Family Medicine that appeals to you
      • Experiences or interests that played an integral part in your life
      • The type of practice you plan on pursuing after residency training
      • The type of patient population you like to care for


For questions regarding the application process or requirements, please contact:
Maggie Sommers
Program Administrator

Interview Process

Upon a favorable review of the above information you will be extended an invitation for an interview. Interviews are by invitation only. Your spouse/partner is invited to attend the optional tour and lunch on the day of your interview, but you must let us know at the time you set up your interview if there will be additional attendees. The interview process will be conducted in the morning and interviews are scheduled from October 20, 2014, to January 27, 2015. On the day of your interview, an optional tour of our primary hospitals can be arranged upon request.

Interviews for the University and Denver Health tracks are conducted simultaneously, allowing applicants to interview for both tracks on the same day and at the same location. Applicants who initially applied to only one track can change their minds at any time and apply to both tracks without any additional expense. They will need to indicate this change on ERAS to can be included on both match lists.

A dinner is hosted by residents on Tuesday evenings, enabling potential new residents to meet and talk with current residents and spouses in a casual setting. All interviewees and their partners are invited and encouraged to attend.

Please direct any questions about the interview or schedule changes to:

Maggie Sommers
Program Administrator