Applying to the Residency Program


PM&R Residency Program
Application Deadline

All application materials should be sent though the ERAS system.
Materials will be accepted until October 10th, 2017.

Anticipated 2017-2018 Interview Dates:
October 27th, November 3rd, November 17th, ,
December 1st, December 8th, December 15th and January 5th. 

Interviews invitations will
start after September 25, 2017


Eligibility Requirements

  • Passed all basic science courses on the first attempt
  • Passed all required clerkships on the first attempt
  • Completed a PM&R clerkship
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 with a minimum of 220, or COMLEX Part 1 with a minimum of 550 on the first attempt
  • Favorable letters of recommendation, including one from a PM&R clerkship

Applicants with unusual strengths who do not meet all the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis.


Sample Committee Considerations

  • Medical school performance
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview performance
  • Research and academic interest
  • Career goals
  • Input from residents or other members of the staff who met the applicants

All Applicants to the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Allopathic and Osteopathic applicants are reviewed and selected through the National Resident Matching Program only. You may use one application to apply for both PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions. 

U.S. and Canadian Graduates

Contact your medical school Dean's office for information about The Electronic Residency Application Service, or contact ERAS directly.
Prior to matriculating in our residency, medical students must have passed USMLE Steps 1 & 2 and Clinical Skills, or COMLEX equivalent, and graduated from medical school.

Foreign Medical Graduates

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Training Program requires that all international medical graduates must:

Applications will only be accepted through ERAS, and the ECFMG will serve as your Dean's office.

Categorical vs Advanced Positions

When applying with ERAS, applicants will be asked to choose the Categorical track or the Advanced track. The categorical positions begin with our program as a PGY-1. The advanced positions begin with our program the following year as a PGY-2, after completing a transitional year in Medicine at another institution. The advantages to either track will be explained on the interview day.

In selecting applicants for interviews, we do not distinguish between those choosing one track or another. It does not matter which track you choose when applying; you can make your final decision about which track you prefer after the interview, when completing your rank list.

Application Checklist

The following items are required as part of your application and should be sent via ERAS:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
    The ERAS program will generate a CV based on the information you provide in the Common Application Form. Do not submit a separate CV.
  • Personal Statement
    Please submit a brief narrative statement discussing your interest in the field of physiatry and your ultimate professional objectives. Are you interested in an academic career (teaching and research), private practice, administration, or other areas? What exposure have you had to the physiatric care of persons with disabilities, musculoskeletal injuries, or functional impairments?
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Request at least three letters of recommendation from members of the faculty or professional staff of your medical school or hospitals where you have worked. Additional recommendations may be added. These should be included in your ERAS application. A letter from a physiatrist is strongly encouraged.

All application materials should be sent though the ERAS system. We prefer to have all application material at the time your Dean's letter is transmitted. However, material will be accepted until October 10th, 2017.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency: Selection Process

Each year, residents are accepted at both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 levels. We offer 3 PGY-1 positions, and 27 positions distributed among the PGY-2 through PGY-4 levels.

Selection for an Interview

Our selection committee will begin reviewing applications in September. An invitation to interview can be extended only after we have received a complete application. We are able to extend an invitation to interview to approximately 75 applicants.

All applications will be reviewed by the program director / selection committee to determine which applicants will be invited to interview. Essential eligibility requirements include:

  • Passed all basic science courses on the first attempt
  • Passed all required clerkships on the first attempt
  • Completed a PM&R clerkship
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 with a minimum of 220, or COMLEX Part 1 with a minimum of 550 on the first attempt
  • Favorable letters of recommendation, including one from a PM&R clerkship

Other considerations include medical school performance, personal attributes, exposure to the field, attitudes toward persons with disabilities, and career goals. We are committed to cultivating a diverse training program and the future of physiatry. Applicants with unusual strengths who do not meet all the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

Since there is a limit to the number of invited applicants we can accommodate on any given day, you should let us know as soon as possible after receiving your invitation, the date(s) on which you are available to interview in Seattle.
2017 - 2018 anticipated interview dates are October 27th, November 3rd, November 17th, , December 1st, December 8th, December 15th and January 5th. 

Interview Process:

Interviews will be offered in October, November, and December on specific dates. Interviews are generally conducted on Fridays. Applicants can expect to receive a general overview of the program, and to have interviews with up to three members of the physician faculty. All interviewers will have access to the application materials.

Each interviewer will rate the applicants on a variety of criteria, including medical school performance, personal attributes, exposure to the field, attitudes toward persons with disabilities, and goals, including research and clinical interests. Interviewers will use both the application materials and their interactions with the applicants to assign the ratings or make summary comments.

Applicants will also have access to residents and tours of as many training sites as possible on the day of interview. Efforts will be made to accommodate applicants who cannot attend on the group interview days, or for visiting medical students doing a UW clerkship, to arrange a similar experience on other days as needed.

At the time of interview, applicants will be provided with additional written information about the program that may include descriptions of the clinical rotations, the didactic program, the website for the residency position appointment agreement, and the Essential Abilities requirements. Applicants will be requested to review the Essential Abilities document, and to notify the program director of requested accommodations, if applicable.

Development of the Rank List

All members of the Committee for Resident Education, Evaluation and Development (CREED) will review each application and the interview rating sheets. Each member will develop his or her own rank list. Criteria that may be considered include medical school performance, letters of recommendation, interview performance, research interest and career goals. We also accept input from residents and members of the staff who met the applicants.

A meeting of CREED will be held in February to develop a consensus of rank order and which candidates will not be ranked. The program director and department chairperson may review and revise the final list if needed. The same list will generally be submitted for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions.

In the event that not all PGY-1 positions fill, the match will be instructed to perform a reversion whereby the unfilled PGY-1 positions are added to the number of PGY-2 residents to be selected. Unfilled PGY-1 positions impact the department of medicine and will be reported to them.

Positions Outside the Match

In the case of vacancies, physicians may be interviewed at any time. Typically three faculty will be involved in the interview process. The residency training director will decide whether to offer a position, or whether further review by the whole Committee for Resident Education, Evaluation and Development (CREED) is indicated after the interview. The Program Director will review satisfactory verification of prior education (including evaluations, rotations completed and a summative competency based performance evaluation) from the previous program director.

If you have further questions regarding the application and/or interview process, please contact us.