Factors important in reviewing your application.

What makes a great Maryland resident?

We look at many factors as we perform a holistic review of your application. Test scores are only a small part of the overall review of your application.

  • Clinical performance: We value your clinical performance in medical school, particularly evaluations from your medicine clerkship, subinternship or electives.
  • Collaborative spirit: One of the great strengths of our program is the camaraderie of our residents. We seek individuals who are collaborative in working with others and have demonstrated empathy in their care of patients.
  • Service and giving to others: Service to community and institution as well as broader experiences, such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or international work are important factors.
  • Commitment to DEI and social justice: Living in Baltimore affords us the opportunity to care for patients from underserved communities. Hence, we value applicants committed to social justice, equity and inclusion, and who enrich our program with their diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Instructions for Applying

Applications are only accepted through ERAS. All positions are only offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

  • Categorical Internal Medicine
    • 1252140C0 Categorical Internal Medicine (3 years)
    • 1252140C1 ABIM Research Pathway (2 years of Internal Medicine + 3-4 years Fellowship training). Research Supplemental Application required for this track.
    • 1252140C2 Categorical International Scholars Track (3 years). Only for candidates supported by SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission)
  • Preliminary Internal Medicine (1 year tracks)
    • 1252140P0 Preliminary Internal Medicine
    • 1252140P2 Preliminary International Scholars Track. Only for candidates supported by SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission)
  • Medicine-Pediatrics (4 years): 1252700C0
  • Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine (5 years): 1252705C0

Please submit the following items through ERAS no later than December 20. See specific instructions for each track below.

  • ERAS application
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including the SEL (Structured Evaluation Letter) submitted by the Chair (or designee) of the Department of Medicine. A 4th letter of recommendation is encouraged, but not required.
    • For the Preliminary Track, it is suggested to have at least 1 Medicine letter (Chair/designee or faculty)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Step 1
  • USMLE Step 2 CK must be received no later than January 30. Step 2 CS is not required.
  • Personal statement
  • Photograph

For other correspondence, you can reach us at umdmed@som.umaryland.edu or:

Susan D. Wolfsthal, MD (she/her)
Residency Program Director
Department of Medicine
University of Maryland
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1595

Phone: 410-328-2388
Fax: 410-328-0267

Invitation to Interview

We send our first group of invitations out on October 9 at 2 PM. After that, they are sent on a ROLLING basis throughout the interview season.

  • Invitations are usually sent between 12 noon and 9 PM EST.
  • We only send out invitations for the number of open interview slots available. We do not "over-invite."
  • You have 48 hours to respond to the invitation without concern of losing your interview. Even if you respond after 48 hours and go on a waiting list for your dates, we are usually able to schedule everyone who receives an invitation.
  • As slots open, we continue to invite candidates through the end of the season.

Please see Interviewing at Maryland for more information.

If you are applying for:

  • Categorical or preliminary track, follow instructions above.
  • ABIM Research Pathway for physician scientists
    • We are accepting applications in Cardiology, GI, Geriatrics, ID, Nephrology, and Pulmonary/Critical Care.
    • We are not accepting applications in Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Rheumatology, and Sleep Medicine.
    • Include a letter of recommendation from your research mentor in ERAS.
    • Complete a Research Supplemental Application to elaborate on your research interests (required).
  • International Scholars tracks (categorical or preliminary) - SACM only
    • Only candidates supported by SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission) are eligible. All others will be rejected.
    • Follow instructions above for categorical and preliminary tracks.
    • You will be sent a request through ERAS for documentation of your SACM support.
  • Med-Peds program: See Med-Peds.
  • EMIM program: See EMIM.

Visa Requirements, International Graduates and Osteopathic Students

The University of Maryland Medical Center only accepts a J-1 visa for residency training.

  • H1B and F1 visas are not accepted.
  • Sponsorship guidelines require all applicants accepted into the program to convert to a J1 visa prior to starting their training with UMMC.

If you are an International Medical Graduate, please note the following requirements. Further information about visas is available on our GME web site.

  • Available tracks. You may apply to the categorical or preliminary track.
    • Do not apply for the International Scholars track. This is only for candidates sponsored by SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission). All others will be rejected.
  • Valid ECFMG certificate that must be secured prior to June 1.
  • J-1 visa. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) adheres to the standards and guidelines for the employment of non-immigrants as established by federal immigration laws and the U.S. Department of Labor. UMMC will hire only U.S. citizens and non-citizens who are authorized for employment. Non-immigrant alien residents or fellows will be sponsored under the J-1 visas program. H-1B and F1 visas are not considered appropriate visas for residents or fellows.
  • 2 months of active US clinical experience is highly recommended but not required.
  • USMLE scores. Although specific minimum USMLE scores are not required, it is highly desirable to have USMLE scores over 225 (step 1) and 235 (step 2). Applicants who have failed any USMLE step will not be granted interviews.
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 letters are required. The SEL (Structured Evaluation Letter) submitted by the Chair (or designee) of the Department of Medicine, or a 4th letter is encouraged, but not required.

If you are an Osteopathic Medical Student, we accept either COMLEX or USMLE scores. Please ensure that all scores are loaded in ERAS by January 30. 

For applicants with questions about disabilities and technical requirements for applicants and residents, please see the GME Technical Standards Policy.

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