How to Apply

Requirements

To be considered eligible to apply to the Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program, the applicant must meet the academic criteria established by the North Central Texas Medical Foundation, Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program and Community Healthcare Center. Preferences are made for recent graduates.
Please do not send applications or information related to applications to the program director’s email as it may delay your application.

  • Academic criteria: Eligibility criteria of ACGME
  • Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs:
  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications and have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (green card) prior to application.
  • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
  • U.S. citizen graduates from medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada licensing jurisdiction qualified under the above, but who have successfully completed the licensure examination in a
  • U.S. jurisdiction in which the law or regulations provide that a full and unrestricted license to practice will be granted without further examination after successful completion of a specified period of medical education.

Criteria for the Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen or be a permanent resident of the U.S.
  2. Our program does not sponsor visas of any type.
  3. All international medical graduates are required to have passed USMLE steps 1 and 2 before applying for residency, and part 3 must be attempted as soon as applicable laws allow.
  4. Must have some U.S. clinical experience (we accept observership).
  5. Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from U.S. physicians, and related to actual experience gained in the United States.
  6. Must apply through ERAS.
  7. Preference will be given to the most recent graduates, especially graduates within the last five years.

Application

The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program and abides by its regulations in the recruitment and selection of applicants.  Each applicant must provide the following information to be considered:

  • A completed NRMP application form through ERAS
  • Dean’s letter
  • Final transcript of grades from medical school
  • Diploma from medical school
  • Competitive scores from USMLE parts 1 and 2 (CK and CS) and/or COMLEX parts 1 and 2 (PE and CE), and part 3 must be attempted as soon as applicable laws allow.
  • Four letters of reference (at least two letters from U.S. practicing physicians for FMGs)
  • Personal Statement about your interest in family medicine
  • ECFMG certificate and CSA
  • Program Director’s letter if coming from another program
  • The deadline for applications is November 15th each year

Interview Day

If you have been selected for interview, it will start at 7:45 AM, below is a typical itinerary for the interview day. Program coordinator will contact applicants for any changes

ITINERARY:

Interview Date: [your date will be here]
7:45am: Morning Report
8:30am: Medicine Rounds with Medicine Team and tour of United Regional
12:00pm: Lunch and Noon Conference with Residents
1:30pm: Give copies of original documents to Residency Coordinator
2:00pm: Interview with Program Director and Faculty

All times except Morning Report are approximate. The interview process normally ends around 4:30pm.

Interview Tips

The documents listed are what we require for an interview, but not all are obtainable through ERAS:

  • Dean’s letter/certification
  • Medical school diploma
  • Medical school transcripts (showing actual grades)
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Proof of ability to practice medicine in country of origin
  • Valid E.C.F.M.G. certificate and USMLE scores
  • Certificates recognizing prior postgraduate medical education and recommendation from the Director of previous training
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. resident visa status
  • Legal name change affidavit if applicable
  • Current CV (Curriculum Vitae) stating what you have been doing since you graduated from medical school, where every year must be accounted for

Choosing a residency

Choosing a residency is one of the most important decisions you will make in your professional life. The breadth of clinical exposure, the quality of residents and teaching, and the overall learning environment will play a major part in your formation as a physician. But how do you make that decision? To help you start, we’ve compiled a number of questions to help you decide which program will fit you the best.
Start by thinking about the location you would like to practice. Find out a little about the medical community. What kind of practice do people have? Is it full scope? Are you looking for strong inpatient experience (like our program)? Next, what do you want to do? Do you love procedures? Are you interested in Geriatric medicine? Do you want to be prepared for fellowships? Find a program that can tailor your training to help you reach your goals. Finally, where are the program’s current graduates? What type of practice do they have? Are they able to perform the procedures they want? It is possible -– but not likely – that you will be able to have a radically different set of hospital privileges than physicians who are already in practice in the location you choose.

For more information please call Julee Austin, Program Coordinator, at 940-767-5145 or email jaustin@wfresidency.org.