Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the family medicine residency program. We hope you will consider applying. Please take a few minutes to read the questions and answers below. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Program Coordinators Linda Moya at 915-215-5502 or Amanda Stokes at 915-215-5357.

No. Though our area has a large Spanish speaking population, a great many patients are bilingual. We also have translation services available in clinic for residents who do not speak Spanish.

Yes, our program has a long history of working with high quality foreign medical graduates. We do however, require that all applicants demonstrate good oral and written English proficiency. We also require that international medical graduates be familiar with the U.S. medical system. Preference is given to people with previous employment or preceptorship in a U.S. hospital.

No more than ten years. Consideration may be given to applicants who graduated more than ten years ago, but completed postgraduate training in other countries during that time.

The program does not sponsor any visas. J-1 visas with ECFMG sponsorship will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Step 1 with a passing score.
  • Step 2 with a passing score.
  • Step 1 and 2 must be passed in accordance with the Texas State Medical Board Examiners requirements for licensing in Texas within six attempts total (no more than three attempts on either test).

No, not for interview, however, USMLE step 1, step 2 CK, step 2 CS, and ECFMG certification must all be completed before ranking.

No, the USMLE step 3 is not a requirement for application or acceptance into our program.

One year of U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not mandatory. Experiences that can favorably influence your application include, but are not limited to: internships, graduate medical education in the U.S., externships, observerships, volunteer experience with U.S. physicians, research, or other work experience in the U.S. medical field.

All applications will be reviewed.  Applications that do not meet our criteria will be inactivated. Applicants that meet our basic criteria will be evaluated and considered. You may be selected for interview, or your application may remain active while we consider other applications. If you are NOT selected for interview, you will NOT be contacted.  We contact only those applicants who are selected for interview.

We receive approximately 1800 applications each year. We conduct approximately 55 interviews each year.

You will be contacted by email or phone to schedule an interview.

No, we are unable to offer any reimbursement for travel expenses. We do however, have a discounted rate with a lovely hotel, and we provide transportation to and from all interview activities.

Group interviews are scheduled Thursday evening through Friday beginning in October and continuing through January. Interviewees should plan to arrive no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday for a 6 p.m. informal interview dinner with a group of our residents. On Friday, interviewees will be given a tour of our facilities and have lunch with the program director and associate program director prior to afternoon interviews. Each applicant will have three interviews with different faculty members and interviews should conclude by approximately 3:30 p.m.