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Thank you for your interest in applying to our Residency Program!

If you have questions about the status of your application, please refrain from calling and instead email our team at Also, please check your Spam folder, in case we previously emailed you. Thank you for your cooperation during this busy season.


The UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited categorical, 4-year program (PGY-1 through PGY-4) that accepts 4 new PGY-1 residents per year. Applications are submitted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.

Application Instructions

All application documents must be submitted through ERAS. We do not accept emailed/faxed application documents.

The following materials are required in order for an application to be considered completed and thus reviewed. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we will not be able to review your application if you are missing any of the following:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX Step 1 Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript

Selected applicants are granted interviews based on the strength of the following (and in comparison to this year’s other applicants to our program):

  • Academic Record
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Community Service
  • Demonstrated Interest in PM&R

ERAS 2020-2021 Season and Deadline Information

  • COMPLETED (see above for requirements) applications through ERAS will be reviewed beginning October 21st, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their entire application by that time. Applications received after October 31st will not be reviewed.
  • ACGME ID: 3403621104
  • NRMP Program Code: 1900340C0


Selected applicants will be invited to interview via email beginning in late October/early November; please check your Spam folder. If notified for an interview, please contact us immediately, as interview offers are limited to current availability and invitations are sent on a rolling basis. Our interview days will occur on selected Mondays and Fridays during November, December, and January. All interviews will be conducted 100% virtually via Zoom.

Our interview slots are highly desirable and we often have a waitlist built up of applicants hoping to interview with our program. If for any reason you cannot attend your scheduled interview date, we ask that you contact our program AT LEAST one week in advance of your interview date to cancel. Thank you for respecting our program and your fellow applying candidates.


In accordance with the ACGME and NRMP, we will not release any information regarding ranking. Applicants are ranked based on the merit of their application as well as impressions from the interview day. No preference is given to applicants with a strong stated interest in our program.

We do not offer “pre-match” employment for positions offered through the match. No offers will be made outside of the match.

Additionally, we do not sponsor VISAs. The ECFMG will sponsor J-1 VISAs.


1) What type and how many positions do you offer? We offer four PGY-1 categorical positions each year.

2) Do you accept osteopathic (DO) applications? Yes, we welcome osteopathic applicants. However, we recommend, but do not require, USMLE scores.

3) Do you have a minimum score for USMLE or COMLEX? There is no official minimum score, but the vast majority of applicants invited to interview have passed on the first attempt.

4) Is my USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 score required? No, this is not required at the time of application, but will be considered, if available.

5) Do you have a graduation cutoff year? No, and we do not require applicants to have graduated within the past year.

6) Do you accept applications from Foreign Medical Graduates? Yes, we do accept applications from Foreign Medical Graduates, but an outstanding application is required to receive an invitation for interview. Also, all graduates of foreign medical schools must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). All foreign graduates must meet all requirements of the Visa Qualifying Examination (VQE) or Foreign Medical Graduate Exam in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) prior to application. Per the University of North Carolina Graduate Medical Education Policy on Visas, UNC Hospitals will accept resident physicians who have been issued a J-1 visa and who hold a current ECFMG Certificate. H1-B visas are not sponsored at University of North Carolina Hospitals.

*If you have further questions, please email our team at

UNC’s Graduate Medical Education Website

For general information regarding our GME Office’s policies, salaries, benefits, annual agreement, application, and more, please visit the Graduate Medical Education pages at UNC Health Care.

We look forward to reviewing your application!