Application Process

Family medicine physician examining a young patient at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.


To be eligible for the Family Medicine Residency, you must:

  • Have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) on your first attempt. Applicants with scores greater than 200 or greater than 500, respectively, are given preference. All scores must be available before rank day.
  • Have graduated from medical school within the last two years. If you graduated more than two years before applying for this program or you are an international medical graduate, you must have at least one year of hands-on experience in the U.S. health care system within those two years prior to application. Observerships and research do not meet this requirement.
  • Show clear evidence of a strong commitment to and experience in family medicine.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (in addition to the required dean's letter), at least one of which should be from a family physician who has observed your clinical skills.

If you are an international graduate, you must have a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate before the start of residency if you match with our program. Mayo Clinic supports ECFMG J-1 visas.

Also see general admissions requirements for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.


Six PGY-1 positions are available on a competitive basis each year in the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

How to apply

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Dec. 31 of the year preceding the program start date. The academic year begins in July.

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

  1. Visit the ERAS website. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials.
  2. All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted between November and mid-January each year.
Family medicine resident examining a baby at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sept. 02, 2017