Applying for Residency

Finding a residency program that fits your educational goals, your geographic needs and your lifestyle is critical to your success in residency and as a physician. Application and interview season can be a busy and often exhausting time. Our goal is to make your experience with our program informative and as smooth as possible (and, hopefully, fun).   We only accept applications through the Electronic Application Service (ERAS). Those applicants who have graduated from medical school more than 1 year prior to application to our program are generally not considered with the exception of graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana. We do not sponsor J1 or H1B visas.  

We request that you draw special attention to the following components of your application:

Letters of Recommendation: Be sure your application contains at least 2 letters of recommendation and is complete by October 31st.

Personal Statement: Your personal statement is the most important document you will write for residency. It should describe your goals for future practice and how you believe our program will help you to achieve them.

Exams: We do not use a standardized exam cut off score for the purposes of interview selection but applicants must have passed USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Step 2 and exam scores must be available to the program by our rank dates in February. 

Personal Statement additions for D.O. applicants

We are not a dual accredited D.O. program and do not have specific plans in place to obtain dual accreditation in the near future. We welcome your application but in light of this and in your personal statement, help us to understand why you are choosing to apply to our program.

Our residency curriculum includes significant in-patient medicine experiences. In light of this and in your personal statement, briefly describe your medical school in-patient medicine experience (eg. did you work in a team setting, did you work directly with an attending, did you work with residents, etc.)


Interviews are conducted on Wednesday mornings from late October through the end of January. Interview dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

  • October 30

  • November 6, 13, 20

  • December 4, 11, 18

  • January 8, 15, 22

Our interview experience includes dinner with our residents the night before at a resident home. This provides an opportunity for you to meet informally with residents of the program in a relaxed atmosphere where you can ask questions about the program in preparation for interviews the next day. The interview day begins with a breakfast round-table presentation from the faculty.  Applicants interview with both faculty and residents and a resident will guide you on a tour of all five Seattle clinic training sites.   Breakfast and lunch are included and applicants will have another opportunity to speak informally with residents and faculty at lunch.  The interview day starts at 07:30 and finishes about 4 p.m.

Rural Training Track Interviews

Applicants to the Swedish RTT must meet the same requirements as applicants to the Seattle sites described previously.  Because of the geographic distances involved, the interviews are conducted over two days.  Applicants start with an optional get together with faculty Monday evening in Port Angeles.  Interviews begin Tuesday morning at North Olympic Health Network with faculty followed by tours of the clinic and Olympic Medical Center.  Applicants will be able to leave Port Angeles by 2 PM to travel to Seattle for interviews and tours Wednesday.  For applicants applying to both the RTT and Seattle sites, the Wednesday interview day will be exactly as described in the previous section.  For applicants only applying to the RTT, applicants will finish their Wednesday interviews at 1 PM.  The Wednesday interview day includes breakfast and lunch for all applicants.  

RTT applicants will be reimbursed up to $350 for expenses related to travel and accommodation.

Interview dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

  • October 29-30

  • November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20

  • December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18

  • January 7-8, 14-15