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Last Updated on July 18, 2018

Application Requirements

Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) of the American College of Associates (AAMC). We offer a fully ACGME accrediated training program in Family Medicine. The following is required as part of your application:

Applications must include:

  • MSPE/Medical school dean's letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination scores
    • Scores from USMLE Step 1 & 2 or COMLEX 1 & 2 with first time attempt will have priority.
    • We do not have program minimum cutoff scores for consideration.
    • USMLE Step 2 CK and CS or COMLEX Step 2 CE and PE are not required for initial application but must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Osteopathic students are not required to take the USMLE examinations.
  • Current photograph
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Personal statement including pertinent biographical information, goals and your perception of family medicine. Please limit to two pages.

Interviews are scheduled during the months of November through December, and are by invitation only. You will receive an invitation to interview when your application file has been reviewed by the Residency Selection Committee. It is recommended that applications be filed as early as possible as the interview schedule fills very quickly. Those applications which are received promptly and are the most complete are more likely to receive interviews. We will interview for 10 PGY-1 positions to start the 2019-2020 academic year. 
The deadline for all materials is December 5, 2018
Please be informed that by participating in the National Resident Matching Program, you are applying for a first-year residency position only. If you feel that you may be eligible for an advanced position within our program, please inform us of this promptly. Otherwise, if you participate in the NRMP and are matched with us, we will consider this a binding agreement for you to enter our program as a first-year resident. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

International Medical Graduates:

Foreign medical school graduates must include proof of passing scores on both the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) examinations, a copy of your current ECFMG certificate, and a current Postgraduate Training Authorization letter from the Medical Board of California. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens will need to provide proof of employment eligibility.

  1. Please include a current Medical Board of California letter stating that you are eligible to commence postgraduate training in California and a current Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate.
  2. International Medical Graduates must have a current ECFMG certificate and a J-1 Visa or provide proof of permanent resident status. All J-1 Visas must be sponsored by the ECFMG. The university will not sponsor a J-1 or H-1 Visa for postgraduate medical education training.
  3. If you have not taken and/or passed Part II of the USMLE, the Medical Board of California strongly suggests that you take the exam no later than March of your last year of medical school.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement:

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy*, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in University programs and activities.

*Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Interview Process

Our interview season typically runs from early November to mid December. Interview days start with a program presentation from the program director and end at about 1:30 in the afternoon. Interviews are held at our UCI Family Health Center in Santa Ana. 

Our residents host informal evening meet-and-greets throughout the interview season. We welcome prospective candidates who are invited for interviews to join us at one of our get-togethers. They are typically held on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm to 8pm. Interviewees will be provided information on these get-togethers beforehand. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your program unique among others?

Our residents train with world-renowned specialists at UCI Health, Orange County’s only university hospital. UCI Health is home to Orange County’s only Level I trauma center, regional burn center, and one of only 49 National Cancer Institutedesignated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.We are particularly proud of the innovative programs we have developed that support teaching future family physicians, including:

  • PRIME-LC Track, dedicated to training physicians to serve the Latino community. It is the first program of its kind in the nation.
  • Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Track, where residents will learn traditional and nontraditional modalities to help our underserved patients’ mind, body and spirit.
  • RHEDI grant, a comprehensive optout training program for reproductive health.
  • Sports Medicine, with an NCAA Division I program.
  • Geriatrics Fellowship, a one-year comprehensive, advanced training program designed to prepare physicians to care for older adults.
  • School Outreach Program, allowing our residents to provide clinical care, health education and mentoring in local K-12 schools.
  • UC Irvine Outreach Clinics, a student-run free clinic and residency rotation.

Where do the residents live?

The majority live in Irvine, Tustin, and Orange. Depending on where you’re coming from, it’s a good 10-20 minute drive to the Family Health Center in Santa Ana. Some apartment complexes near the hospital that are popular are Gateway apartments, Arroyo Vista and Terrace apartments. For those of you who have a family, you can’t find a better school district or nicer neighborhoods than the ones in these cities. We’re lucky because you can also find areas just as nice and close in Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Fullerton. Long Beach is also a great option. There are plenty of things to do like go to the beach, visit new restaurants and go shopping. It is close to a lot of our rotation sites including Long Beach VA and Miller Children’s Hospital. 

Is there a lot of driving time?

The main sites of our residency program are UCIMC in Orange, Orange County Global Medical Center in Tustin, and our home base, Family Health Center (FHC) in Santa Ana. All three are right off the 5 freeway, and only a few exits apart. In fact, all three sites can be reached by local streets, approximately 3-4 miles apart from each other. During your first year, you also go to Long Beach VA and Long Beach Miller Children’s Hospital, which is a little further away but easily accessible via 22 or 405 freeways, and in your second year you go to CHLA for a rotation.

Can residents moonlight?

Yes, during the R-3 year. Our residents have taken advantage of moonlighting opportunities at local urgent cares, community clinics, and Kaiser locations.

Where do residents work after graduation?

Most of our residents stay in Southern California after residency. Many have gone to complete fellowships in Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Women’s Health. Most recently, residents that have gone into academic medicine to work in Family Health Clinics in underserved areas. Some of our residents go into big group practices or private practice.

A few examples are:

  • Sports Medicine Fellowships at Long Beach Memorial and OHSU in Portland, Oregon
  • Geriatric Fellowship at UCI
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • UCI Health Medical Group
  • AltaMed
  • Kaiser Permanente 
  • HealthCare Partners
  • UCI Family Health Center

What kind of patients will I see?

Orange County is one of the most diverse places in the nation. Long Beach further adds diversity to our patient population. Residents will see patients from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Our patients are our teachers. Many have complex chronic diseases that require coordination of care among us, the primary care physicians, and the specialists as well as our support staff. 

At our Family Health Center in Santa Ana:

  • 43. 6 percent of patients are served in a lanuage other than English.
  • 3/4 of our patients identify as Hispanic/Latino.
  • 3/4 of patients use Medi-Cal as their primary insurance.

What if I fail Step 1 or 2?

Our Residency Selection Committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications. Although we prioritize those who have passed Step 1 and 2 on their first attempt, we will consider applicants who have failed once; yet hold strong qualifications in other areas of their application. Passing both Step 2 exams is strictly required prior to starting residency.