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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Application Process

Do you offer PGY-1 positions?

No. Ours is a three year (36 months) program beginning at the PGY-2 level. The applicant is responsible for applying for a transitional or preliminary PGY-1 position. (See American Board of PM&R requirements.)

Do you have a minimum number of years since graduation from medical school for applicants?

There is no minimum (or maximum) years since graduation. We do require either completion of planned completion of at least a PGY-1 year prior to starting training with us.

What is the recruitment period?

Our recruitment begins with the opening of ERAS in September each year. All interested applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Completed applications will be accepted starting Sept. 1 through Dec. 15.

What documents should I submit?

We require the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript
  • Note: If there is a change of name from that on the above documents, submit a marriage certificate or legal name change documentation.
  • Additional requirements for International Medical Graduates
How many residency positions are available?

We recruit to fill between ten and twelve residency slots in the combined Baylor College of Medicine/The University of Texas at Houston Medical School PM&R Alliance Residency Program

Do I need to apply/contact the UT and BCM PM&R Programs separately?

No. The two programs maintain a joint residency office. All applications, calls, etc. are considered for both programs.

How many applicants do you interview?

From the more than 200 completed applications we receive, the review committee typically selects between 60 and 75 applicants for interview.

Is an interview required? What is the process?

A personal interview is required. The interview process is structured to allow you maximum exposure to our program while affording us the best opportunity to meet you. You will interview with two or three faculty members and tour our affiliated institutions. During breakfast and lunch you will have an additional opportunity to meet and talk with our residents, the residency program directors and the BCM and UTHMS PM&R department chairs.

Is there a minimum USMLE score?

While a high USMLE score is desirable, we do not have a specific cut-off score. Your entire application packet including your supporting documents are reviewed and assessed.

Do you accept DO’s?

Yes, we accept applications from students of osteopathic schools.

Will taking a PM&R elective improve my chance of being selected?

Taking an elective in PM&R and submitting a letter of recommendation from a PM&R attending will be favorably considered in the decision to review your application and extend an invitation for an interview.

Do I need to take an elective in the Alliance?

You may take an elective at any accredited PM&R program in the U.S. To take an elective in the BCM/UTHMS PM&R Alliance Residency Program, please see the following:

Who do I contact with questions?

For information, contact the PM&R Alliance Education Office by e-mail at or by phone at 713-799-5033.

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