Selection Criteria

Thank you for looking into our program here in Boise, Idaho!  The information below may help answer some of your questions about our program.  

Starting in July 2011, our residency became a second Internal Medicine residency under the University of Washington (UW) umbrella.  We are separate from the UW Seattle Residency.  We are physically located in Boise, ID, and have training sites at all three of the major Boise hospitals (Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center) and at office-based practices in Boise and other cities throughout Idaho.  Additionally, residents are able to choose elective rotations in Seattle, WA, during the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

For Academic Year 2018-2019, we will be recruiting four PGY1s for the Preliminary track of our program, and nine PGY1s for the Categorical track (13 positions total). 
Although the bulk of our residency activities are accomplished in Boise, ID, some administrative tasks (e.g. payroll, benefits, malpractice insurance) for our program are handled through the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education office in Seattle, WA.


Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from September 1 to November 30, 2017.  We will start reviewing applications on September 15, 2017.  Please apply no later than November 30, 2017, to ensure we have sufficient time to consider your application thoroughly.  All intern positions will be filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).


We will interview applicants from November 2017 through the first week in January 2018.

All Applicants

We have no specific USMLE or COMLEX score cutoff.  If you have ties to Idaho or to the Northwest or Mountain West region, please be sure to include them in your application.

International Medical School Graduates

We will need your ECFMG certificate by January 2018 and proof of U.S. Citizenship or Green Card at the time of application.  We are not able to sponsor:

  • J-1 Visas
  • H-1B Visas

You must have graduated from medical school within the last five years.  

Your medical school must be one recognized by the Idaho State Board of Medicine so that you can be licensed in Idaho.  Please refer to the link below, and click on the "Rules for Licensure to Practice Medicine and Surgery and Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Idaho" (see Administrative Code IDAPA 22.01.01, section 051).


We require at least six months clinical experience in the United States or a western medical system. However, please be sure to include any and all of your clinical or research experience in your application even though it might have been outside the United States.    

Letters of recommendation are important, but do have to come from a doctor in the U.S.

Unfortunately, for those interested in an externship or observership, current Veteran’s Affairs (VA) policy precludes us from being able to offer any externships or observerships to anyone who is not currently enrolled in a program directly affiliated with the VA.  

Our program director and selection committee will consider your entire application, regardless of where you attended medical school.

Residency Position Appointment


Selection Policies

Eligibility and Selection Policy

Policy on Selection

Contact Information

If you have more questions, please feel free to give us a call. 
UW (Boise) Internal Medicine Residency Program (208) 422-1314


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