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Application Process

The Department of Internal Medicine only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Information about the service may be obtained from your Dean's Office or from the American Association of Medical Colleges  (AAMC).  International medical graduates may obtain information about ERAS through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). 

Application Requirements

  1. Applications are only accepted through the ERAS program.  No faxes, mailed and/or emailed applications will be accepted.
  2. USMLE scores of 220 or higher on first attempt are preferred but not required.
  3. US clinical experience is preferred but not required. 
  4. It is preferred that applicants graduation from medical school be within the last five years but this is not required.
  5. TTUHSC policy mandates that only J-1 visas be sponsored for physicians in training.  TTUHSC will accept EAD and green cards.
  6. Applicants must be eligible for a physician in training permit issued by the Texas Medical Board (TMB).  To review the requirements for a physician in training permit, you may visit the TMB web site.  Information for training permits can be found in the section on Physicians in Training (PIT). 
  7. All applicants must be ECFMG certified at the time they apply through ERAS.  If applicants are not ECFMG certified when they apply through ERAS their application will be withdrawn from the review process.  A completed application must be submitted no later than October 31, 2017.
  8. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program and does not pre-select or offer pre-match positions.
  9. Applicants should submit the following documents through ERAS:
    - ERAS application
    - Medical school transcripts
    - USMLE test results
    - Dean's letter
    - Three (3) letters of recommendation
    - Personal statement
  10. The PGY level requested should be clearly specified.
    Curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation should fully account for the time since medical school graduation.
    Candidates requiring visa sponsorship should provide specific information in their application.

Application Deadline

Application deadline for Academic Year 2018-2019 is October 31, 2017.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Resident Selection Process

The Department of Internal Medicine has established a resident recruitment committee to assist with the initial screening of resident applicants for interview, evaluations of invited interviewees, and ultimate candidate selection for training.  Members of the committee include the Program Director, the Associate Program Directors, and selected faculty.

Interview Process

Candidates will join morning report at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, and are encouraged to participate in discussions.  Two to three faculty members of the department will interview each candidate for approximately thirty minutes each.  A standardized quantitative scoring system is employed in the assessment of each candidate's qualifications, based on the information provided with their application, as well as that obtained through the interview. Clarifying qualitative comments are added as needed.  Candidates will be given a tour of TTUHSC, Medical Center Hospital, and Midland Memorial Hospital, as time permits.  Ample time will be allowed to meet with Internal Medicine House Staff to further discuss the program.

Rank Order Process

Evaluation scores, as well as qualitative evaluator input, are reviewed by the residency recruitment committee.  The committee meets periodically during the interview season and finally prior to the deadline for submission of a rank order list to the National Resident Matching Program.  Applicants are ranked through the combined input of committee members.