Resident Eligibility and Selection

Resident Handbook

  1. Eligibility
    Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply for appointment to accredited residency programs:
    1. Medical Education
      Applicants must provide proof of completion of the requisite professional education. This includes proof of the following status as graduate (or pending graduate) of:
      • United States and Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
      • United States colleges of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
      • Foreign medical schools who have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
    2. Continuity & Step Requirements
      • No more than five years can have elapsed since last formal training (graduation from school, residency training, or employment) or the individual MUST have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; any exceptions can, at the sole discretion of the program director and Associate Dean for GME, be considered on a case by case basis.
      • US and International Graduates:
        USMLE or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 must have been passed on no more than 3 attempts); with all parts of Step 2 completed and passed prior to ranking.
      • Some programs may have more specific criteria, please check with the program you are applying to for more detailed information.
    3. Licensure
      Applicants must have the requisite education to secure an appropriate license in the State of Nevada.
      • Applicants for accredited core residency programs must have the requisite education and certification to secure a restricted license in the State of Nevada.
      • Applicants for accredited and non-accredited fellowship programs must have the requisite education and certification to secure a full and unrestricted permanent license in the State of Nevada including, but not limited to, documentation of successful completion of a primary training program and documentation of successful completion of USMLE parts I, II and III (maximum of 9 attempts over a 7 year period of time).
      Applicants failing to meet the requirements as outlined above before the date identified on the Graduate Medical Education Agreement are not eligible for the current academic year and shall be required to re-apply for admission to the program.
  2. Selection
    • Programs select residents from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.
    • UNR Med does not discriminate with regard to gender, gender identity or gender expression, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual preference.
    • All residents must demonstrate understanding and facility in writing and speaking English.
    • Residents are selected for appointment to the program in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.
    • Residents shall be selected for appointment in accordance with program accreditation requirements. When specifically required by the accrediting body or when selection criteria are more specific than outlined by the accrediting body or by this policy, program-specific selection policies shall be maintained.
    • All US fourth year allopathic medical school graduating seniors are subject to the Match process using the ERAS application process. When applicable, fellows are selected in the same manner.