Department of Family and Community Medicine
Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in the Family Medicine Residency Program. We hope you will consider applying. Please take a few minutes to read the questions and answers below. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Diane Camp, Residency Coordinator, at (915) 757-3178 ext 284.
1. What is the deadline for applications?
2. How many residents do you accept every year?
3. Do I have to speak Spanish to apply to your program?
No. Though our area has a large Spanish-speaking population, a great many patients are bilingual. We also have translation services available in clinic for residents who do not speak Spanish.
4. Do you accept international medical graduates (IMG)?
Yes, our program has a long history of working with high quality foreign medical graduates. We do, however, require that all applicants demonstrate good oral and written English proficiency. We also require that International Medical Graduates be familiar with the U.S. medical system. Preference is given to people with previous employment or preceptorship in a U.S. hospital.
5. What is the maximum length of time since medical school graduation for an applicant to still be considered?
No more than ten years. Consideration may be given to applicants who graduated more than ten years ago but completed postgraduate training in other countries during that time.
6. Do you need to be a U.S. citizen to apply or be accepted to your program?
7. Do you sponsor any Visas?
The program does not sponsor any visas. J1 visas with ECFMG sponsorship will be considered on an individual basis.
8. What are the USMLE step 1 and 2 score criteria to apply?
Step 1 with a passing score.
Step 2 with a passing score.
Step 1 and 2 must be passed in accordance with the Texas State Medical Board Examiners requirements for licensing in Texas: Within six attempts total (no more than three attempts on either test).
9. Is CS exam result required for interview?
No, not for interview; however, USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and ECFMG Certification must all be completed before ranking.
10. Do you require a passing USMLE step 3 score?
No, the USMLE step 3 is not a requirement for application or acceptance into our program.
11. What about US clinical experience?
One year of U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not mandatory. Experiences that can favorably influence your application include, but are not limited to: internships, graduate medical education in the U.S., externships, observerships, volunteer experience with U.S. physicians, research, or other work experience in the U.S. medical field.
12. What happens after I apply?
All applications will be reviewed. Applications that do not meet our criteria will be inactivated. Applicants that meet our basic criteria will be evaluated and considered. You may be selected for interview, or your application may remain active while we consider other applications. If you are NOT selected for interview, you will NOT be contacted. We contact only those applicants who are selected for interview.
We receive approximately 1800 applications each year. We conduct approximately 55 interviews each year.
13. If I were selected for an interview, how would I find out about this?
You will be contacted by email or phone to schedule an interview.
14. Does your program reimburse any of my travel expenses for interview?
No, we are unable to offer any reimbursement for travel expenses. We do, however, have a discounted rate with a lovely hotel, and we provide transportation to and from all interview activities.
15. When are interviews scheduled?
Group interviews are scheduled Thursday evening through Friday during beginning in October and continuing through January. Interviewees should plan to arrive no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday for a 6 p.m. informal interview dinner with a group of our residents. On Friday, interviewees will be given a tour of our facilities and have lunch with the Program Director and Associate Program Director prior to afternoon interviews. Each applicant will have three interviews with different faculty members; and interviews should conclude by approximately 3:30 p.m.
16. Can I review the Resident Contract?
Yes. Resident Contract