Graduate Medical Education Requirements

The program directors of each specialty must comply with the criteria for resident eligibility. CLICK HERE to view individual residency program information) or contact the department directly. Selection is based on criteria which are not influenced by race, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Prior to accepting an applicant, the program director shall ensure that the applicant has passed USMLE/COMLEX Step 1 & Step 2, both components (as applicable), Clinical Skills & Clinical Knowledge. Also note that all PGY-2s must pass Step 3 to be promoted to the next level of training.

Ranking and selection of applicants is made on the basis of information contained in the application form, medical school transcript, medical school performance evaluation (or dean's letter), and letters of recommendation. Other factors are preparedness, communication skills, motivation and integrity. Personal interviews are required for all programs.

First postgraduate year positions are offered at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso through the National Resident Matching Program. For more information on NRMP, visit Non-U.S. citizen graduates of foreign medical schools must obtain J-1 visa sponsorship through the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, visit for details.

Applicants must also pass credentialing, including a criminal background check, as conducted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. All residents are required to secure a Texas Medical Board Physician-in-Training Permit or have a Texas Medical License. To view the application please visit the Texas Medical Board website.

For more information please contact the residency program coordinator of the program you are interested in applying for residency training, visit click on Residency/Fellowship Programs.