How to apply

How to apply

Applications for the Western Wisconsin Rural Family Medicine Residency Program will be accepted September 15 to December 15, 2023.

1. Register with the  National Resident Matching Program.

  • The following materials are required with your ERAS application:
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school performance evaluation (MSPE)
  • Transcripts from all medical schools attended
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three recent letters of recommendation
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts
  • Photograph of yourself


2. Review the following application criteria. Applicants must:

  • Have graduated from medical school within five years of application or have patient care experience within five years of application. Medical schools must appear in one of the following directories:
  • Be qualified to begin work by mid-June.
  • Be eligible for a Wisconsin Board of Medical Practice license
  • Meet the following USMLE  or  COMLEX  exam requirements:
    • Have a maximum of two failed attempts on all USMLE or COMLEX exams across all exam portions.
    • USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 to be passed within five years of Step 2 (CK) / Level 2 (CE).
    • The first USMLE/COMLEX exam taken within eight years of starting residency or completed the SPEX exam within three attempts.
  • Have verified U.S. clinical experience.
  • International medical school graduates must have ECFMG certification.
    • Current international medical school students certified by residency start date.
    • Past international medical school graduates certified for interview selection.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States by June of the first year of training. The program sponsors J-1 visas but does not sponsor H visas.
  • Exam results: USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Level 2 exam results are not required for current students but preferred for interview selection. There is no minimum score requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit Step 2 or Level 2 results as soon as the score becomes available to be considered for ranking by the rank list due date.


3. Apply to the HealthPartners Western Wisconsin Rural Family Medicine Program through ERAS by December 15, 2023.

Check ERAS for communications about the status of your application with the program, or contact Jill Mehr, Program Administrator at, or 715-243-3507.

The program will contact applicants for interviews and about application status as early as September and as late as January.

Tip: Set up an e-mail specifically for application correspondence and include it in your ERAS application. Set up your ERAS e-mail to be forwarded to an e-mail account service that can send you an alert on your personal device when an e-mail is received. Contact ERAS and/or your e-mail service provider for assistance.

Interview Day

Interviews will be conducted virtually in 2023-2024. Applicants will interview with the program directors and faculty from both our urban and rural sites.

Interviews will be available Mondays, October 23, 2023, through January 8, 2024.