• SFGH/FCM Residency Program

How to Apply

Excellence. Dedication. Commitment.

Our program's primary mission is to prepare family physicians for practice in urban underserved communities. Our principal training site, San Francisco General Hospital, is a nationally recognized, publicly funded county hospital serving a diverse population. Through their clinical experiences on inpatient rotations and in the Family Health Center, family medicine residents develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for working effectively with patients and families of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Residents benefit from providing greatly needed health care and from the pride and inspiration that their service endeavors. 

A successful candidate for our residency program demonstrates: 

  • Excellence in clinical and academic skills
  • Dedication to Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • Commitment to working with underserved communities

How to Apply

We participate in the ERAS program and the NRMP match process. Information on the ERAS process can be obtained through your medical school. To be considered for admission to the class of 2022, the following materials are required to be submitted through ERAS by  Sunday, October 1, 2018

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Reference (recommendations from family physicians are especially encouraged)
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (aka Dean's Letter)
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE or COMLEX (for D.O. candidates) Step I Score
  • USMLE  Step II (CS and CK) or COMLEX Step II scores are required prior to February 21, 2018; consistent with UCSF policy, only applicants with passing Step II scores will be placed on our Rank Order List

​*Please Note: 
-All complete applications will be accepted and reviewed, regardless of medical school graduation date, USMLE scores or number of attempts, or previous clinical experience.
-All information must be submitted through ERAS. Documents received outside of ERAS will not be considered in our review. 
-Applicants with a D.O. degree are required to submit USMLE OR COMLEX Step I and II scores, but not both.

International Medical School Graduates

In addition to the items listed above, IMG applicants are also required to submit the following:

  • Evaluation Status Letter from the California Medical Board
  • ECFMG Certificate

Non-U.S. citizens must posess a Permanent Resident Card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program. UCSF sponsors J1 visas and H1B visa transfers. H1B visa transfers must be pre-approved by the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education for applicants who already hold an H1B, F1 or OPT. More information is available at the UCSF International Students and Scholars Office.


When complete, the Residency Director and Applicant Selection Committee will review each application and select individuals who will be invited to interview. If you are selected for a personal interview, our Residency Manager will contact you by email to schedule a date. 

Our interview days begin at 8am and end around 2:30pm. Informal gatherings hosted by current residents are held the evening prior to interview days. You will be contacted by the Residency Manager to schedule an interview. 


PGY-2 Positions

From time to time, we have PGY-2 positions available. In that instance, we will list any openings with the AAMC's Find a Resident program. Preferences for these positions will be given to applicants who have (or who will have, prior to beginning training with us) completed a first year of family medicine residency training. 

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