Information for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in our family medicine residency program. We hope you will consider applying. Please take a few minutes to read the commonly asked questions and answers below. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our program at

We look forward to receiving your application for admission into our residency program. We receive applications solely through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The following documents should be submitted through ERAS:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Official USMLE/COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one must be a letter from a family physician who can attest to your qualifications for, and interest in, family medicine).
  • If you are not currently in medical school, a letter of recommendation must be received from the physician with whom you are currently working.

We do not have a specific deadline for applications, but given the volume of applications we receive and the limited amount of interview spots, we recommend submitting your application prior to the ERAS release date of Sept. 29, 2021.

We accept eight residents per year.

Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible to apply for the Family Medicine Residency Program:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the LCME;
  • Graduates of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the AOA;
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who meet the following qualifications:
    • Have received a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG
    • One year U.S. clinical experience (does not include observerships, externships or research)
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have graduated medical school within the last two years

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.

There are no minimum score criteria to apply. You do not have to have taken Step 2 CK/Level 2 CE prior to being extended an interview. However, in order to be ranked by our program, we must receive passing scores for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK (for Allopathic applicants) or COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 CE (for Osteopathic applicants). Scores can take up to 8 weeks to be reported, so please plan accordingly.

No. The USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 is not a requirement for application or acceptance into our program. The deadline for successful passing of USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 will be March 1 of the PGY-2 year, however, the program recommends the residents complete it prior to the end of intern year.

Applicants that meet our basic criteria will be evaluated and considered. Upon initial review of the applications, a request for supplemental information will sent through ERAS, with the following questions:

  1. How did you hear about our program?
  2. How will the TTUHSC El Paso Family Medicine Residency Program meet your specific training needs?
  3. Please describe any previous experience(s) that you may have had in the El Paso area or the desert Southwest.

After receipt of the answers to the supplemental questions, you may be selected for an interview, or your application may remain active while we consider other applications. If you are NOT selected for an interview, you will NOT be contacted. We only contact applicants who are selected for an interview.

Interview invitations will be sent via the ERAS scheduler and ERAS email on file.

Yes, all interviews will be done virtually. We will be using the Zoom platform and specific interview information will be sent at the time the interview invite is sent.

Every week during the interview season, we will be holding virtual meet-and-greets with our residents.  Candidates selected for interviews will be sent invitations to each of those sessions and may participate in as many as they wish to get a good feel for our program.

Interviews for the 2021-2022 application cycle will be virtual and held on Monday afternoons and Friday afternoons, beginning in October and continuing into February.

While our interviews will be entirely virtual, we will be holding in-person tours of our clinic, hospital, and El Paso on select Mondays throughout the interview season. These sessions will be hosted by one of our residents and will include lunch at a local establishment. This is not a formal interview – it is an opportunity for the applicants to get a better feel for the city of El Paso and the people of our program.  It is not a requirement to be ranked and the ability or inability to attend will not be considered in our rank decision. Information regarding these days will be sent out with the interview invites.

In February, we will hold a formal second look after all interviews are done. This will provide the applicants another opportunity to interact with their potential future colleagues over food and games.