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) on the first attempt.
- 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 two required letters:
1. a clinical LOR from an internal medicine faculty member, internal medicine Department Chair, or DOM Summary Letter of Evaluation.
2. an 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. Graduates of medical schools disapproved by the North Dakota Board of Medicine will not be considered.
- 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.
- All applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.
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. Please note that all interviews will be conducted remotely, through an online system – there will be no in-person option for interviews.
The COVID pandemic has changed the landscape for residency application, and removed travel barriers for interviewing. As a result, we expect to receive up-to twice as many applications than in prior years, yet have limited resources for application review during a shortened review period. We are concerned that a surplus of applications will limit our ability to give fair review to all, and will disadvantage applicants for consideration by programs in which they have genuine interest. To mitigate this, we request that applicants consider limiting their applications to no more than 20 programs. We also ask that applicants consider adding a paragraph to the end of their personal statement detailing their interest in our specific program - this is not mandatory, but may assist us in gauging applicant interest if the pool is large. We are committed to working with our applicants to find the best match for you and for us, and request your partnership over the next few months to ensure the process is fair and successful for all.