Frequently Asked Questions


Does the program sponsor Visas? 

Currently, the program is not sponsoring any visas. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. 

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What are the requirements for applicants to the program?

United States Graduates: Candidates for admission to the residency program must have received the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from an accredited U.S. medical school. Graduates who have already completed some training at other institutions are also considered. 

International Medical Graduates (IMGs): To be considered for an interview for these training tracks, an applicant must have passed both parts I and II of the USMLE, passed USMLE Step II CS (pursue one of the eligibility pathways explained below), and preferably have clinical experience (at least one month) at an accredited institution in the United States, Canada or Europe. An ECFMG status report will be required. 

To apply to the The Physical and Medicine and Rehabilitation residency, IMGs must hold a current ECFMG certificate (issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). 

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How do I apply to your program?

The Physical and Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRPM) and only accepts applications through ERAS. 

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Do you have a minimum USMLE score? 

We have no fixed minimum score for application. Performance on both Step 1 and 2 scores is reviewed, and the majority of candidates invited to interview have scored above the national average. 

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Do you accept COMLEX scores and if so, what is the minimal acceptable score?

We consider both COMLEX and USMLE scores. As with USMLE scores, there is no minimum required for application, however the majority of candidates invited to interview have a three-digit score of 550 or greater on COMLEX. 

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Should I apply to your program if I failed the USMLE or COMLEX on a prior attempt? 

In most situations, we require passage of the USMLE or COMLEX on the first try. All applications are reviewed, however the number of attempts at passing the USMLE or COMLEX is strongly considered. 

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Do you require USMLE Step 2 prior to interviewing and/or ranking? 

Step 2 is not required prior to interviewing. Passing USMLE Step 2 is required prior to beginning residency. Therefore, all candidates are encouraged to be scheduled to take Step 2 prior to ranking in February. 

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What documents are required for application? 

For a ‘complete’ application to be reviewed, we require the following documents: 

  • Application Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript 
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) USMLE or COMLEX transcripts 
  • Personal statement 
  • Three letters of recommendation 

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What is the latest date for submission of applications? 

Applications submitted via ERAS are reviewed through February or until our interview slots are full.

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When are interviews scheduled? 

Our interview season is typically October through February. 

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Once I get an invitation to interview, what information will be sent to me?

We invite candidates via email through Thalamus for interviews. This year, all interviews will be conducted virtually. Once a candidate has been notified that they are invited for an interview and a date has been agreed upon, the candidate will receive a confirmation email containing more information. 

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How are applicants selected for an interview?

Each application is carefully reviewed by a committee. Interview decisions are only made after review of all materials that have been submitted. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, not every application is guaranteed to receive an interview. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner. 

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When do new residents start?

Orientation begins in the middle of June. Applicants are encouraged to avoid potential scheduling conflicts in the latter half of June, as attendance at orientation is mandatory. 

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