1. What is your application deadline?

The application deadline is November 1.


2. Can I apply to both the categorical and primary care track?

Yes. Applicants can apply for and be considered for both tracks. If you are applying to both tracks, you will need to interview on two separate days (one primary care day and one categorical day). Invitation to interview within one track does not guarantee consideration in other UCLA IM track; the review and interview processes are separate for each track. 


3. How many PGY-1 positions are in your program?

There are 62 PGY-1 positions

44 PGY-1 Categorical positions

12 Primary Care PGY-1 positions

4 Physician-Scientist Training Program PGY-1 positions

2 Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine positions

6 Med-Peds PGY-1 positions (separate program)


4. Do you have a minimum USMLE and/or COMPLEX score requirement?

We do not have a cut-off score. The expectation is that interviewed applicants will have passed the USMLE and/or COMPLEX prior to starting in the program.


5. Do I need my USMLE Step 2 and/or COMPLEX Level 2 score before applying?



6. If I am an international medical school graduate can I still apply?

Yes. For more on UCLA's policy regarding visas and internal medical school graduates, please see the UCLA Graduate Medical Education Website.


7. When are your interview dates?

We interview applicants to the Categorical Track on Mondays and Fridays from late October through December. Applicants to the Primary Care Track interview on Tuesdays. Applicants to the Med-Peds program interview on Wednesdays. STAR-PTSP program applications are held on four categorical interview days throughout the interview season. 


8. How has COVID-19 impacted the interview cycle? Do you offer in-person second look visits?

In an effort to achieve equity in our resident selection process, we follow the University of California guidance for residency programs to only offer virtual interviews. We look forward to sharing the many opportunities available at UCLA during your virtual interview day. Thank you for your interest in our program!


9. How does UCLA view post-interview communication?

We take the integrity of the match seriously. In order to be equitable to all applicants, we are unable to reply to direct inquiries about application status or statements of intent. Applicants will undergo holistic review with a goal to recruit a class that embraces and advances the core values of the Department of Medicine. After the interview process, the residency program will not send direct or indirect communications signaling where applicants stand on our rank list. Additionally, the program does not track statements of interest nor do we factor such statements into the ranking process. We want all applicants to be confident that your personal qualities, your record of achievement, and your potential to contribute to the field of medicine will be the relevant metrics in the ranking process and that we will never attempt to game the system by trying to assess your interest in our program. 

If you have interviewed with us and have questions about our program that will help you make a ranking decision, please reach out to [email protected]


10. Can I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendations, one of which must be from the Chair of Medicine (or designee). We will accept an additional letter of recommendation up to the limit set by ERAS.


11. What is the salary and benefits for your house staff?

For the most updated salaries, please visit our Graduate Medical Education webpage on house staff salaries.

Resident benefits include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Housing stipend: $12,000 yearly, added to the annual salary 
  • $3,000 on ID card for food purchases at Ronald Reagan and Santa Monica cafeterias
  • Educational fund: $1,200 yearly paid as wages once per year
  • Reimbursement for California Medical Board license
  • Reimbursement for USMLE Step 3 exam


12. Where can I learn more about UCLA?

The UCLA Graduate Medical Education website has more information and a great video about UCLA!