How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
We offer eight categorical positions, beginning July 1, through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
Our program is located in Fargo, N.D., the largest city in North Dakota. It is a city known for its safety, quality of life, excellence in school systems, three universities, a low crime rate and low cost of living.
The Department of Internal Medicine utilizes Sanford Health and the Fargo VA Health Care System for its training sites. Sanford Health is a large, multi-specialty group practice with two integrated hospitals committed to excellence in patient care, education and research. Sanford Health is the 13th largest integrated medical group practice in the country and has been acknowledged as one of the top ranked Cancer and Heart Centers in the country. Serving a tri-state area, over 1.5 million patients visit Sanford Health yearly. For nearly a century, Sanford Health has provided state-of-the-art care.
The program is unique in that it is a small university program, which provides individual attention to all residents. The emphasis is to develop skilled internists who can practice in a wide range of settings, from the general internist in a small town to the fellowship trained subspecialist in a multi-specialty practice.
All applications to the Internal Medicine residency program must be submitted through ERAS.
Application deadline for each year is November 1
- Applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) or COMLEX Level 1 and 2.
- Clinical experience or formal professional/graduate education in the US is strongly preferred but not required.
- The Selection Committee reviews the full ERAS application - focusing on the Curriculum
Vitae (CV), two letters of recommendation, personal statement, USMLE scores and Medical
School Performance Evaluation. To be accepted, applications must be complete by November
Following guidelines for categorical internal medicine applicants given by the AAIM, we recommend candidates provide a minimum of two required letters:
- 1. a clinical LOR from an internal medicine faculty member, internal medicine Department Chair, or DOM Summary Letter of Evaluation.
- 2. a LOR from another internal medicine faculty member, separate clinical faculty member, or a scholarly project mentor.
- Although there are no minimum scores required, candidates with higher scores will be more competitive for the residency.
- You must have been enrolled in medical school, a relevant graduate degree program, a post-graduate residency-training program or have been active in medical practice within the past three years.
- All applicants for licensure in North Dakota who are graduates of foreign medical schools, except the medical schools of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, are required to have ECFMG certification by February 15.
- We sponsor J-1 visas. We sponsor H-1B visas on a case by case basis.
- All applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.
Personal Statement and Supplemental ERAS Application
The COVID pandemic has changed the landscape for residency application. Virtual interviewing removed travel barriers for applicants, which resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of applications we received last year. We are concerned that a surplus of applications again in the 2023 ERAS cycle will limit our ability to give fair review to all.
To help us identify applicants that are genuinely interested in our program, we strongly encourage you to include an explanation in your personal statement concerning what appeals to you about the UND Internal Medicine residency program as well as why you would like to live and work in Fargo-Moorhead or the upper Midwest generally. The 2023 ERAS® cycle also features a supplemental application, which applicants may complete; however, we found the supplemental form less useful last year than we had anticipated, and our preference would still be on a narrative description of your interest in our program. The supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform that is separate from the MyERAS application and must be completed between September 1-30.
If your application meets the UND Internal Medicine Residency criteria, then you will be considered for an interview. Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail through our recruitment system (Thalamus), with an invitation to choose their interview day from our available dates. All residency interviews will be conducted virtually, but we will be offering an opportunity to visit the program in-person. These campus visit days are completely optional and will not play any part in our ranking decision process – they are intended solely as a way for candidates to learn more about our residency program, visit with current residents, see the primary clinical site, and tour the Fargo-Moorhead area.