Application Process



Please note the following conventions for application to Brown IM:

  • The Brown University Medicine Residency participates exclusively in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for PGY-1 positions.
  • Applications are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). MD and DO graduates from U.S. schools register for ERAS through their Dean’s Office.
  • Brown IM will be conducting all interview season activities, including interviews, virtually. No in-person activities will be scheduled.
  • Brown IM uses Thalamus for applicant scheduling and interview platform (see below).
  • In addition to the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE), a minimum of three letters of recommendation are required.
    • For applicants who apply to the Categorical Internal Medicine program and/or General Internal Medicine program, one of the three required letters must be a Departmental letter such as Internal Medicine Department Chair, Vice Chair for Education, or Clerkship Director letter.
    • For applicants who apply to the Preliminary program, a Departmental letter is not required.
  • Applying to Multiple Tracks.  We accommodate those applicants who apply to more than one residency track (General Internal Medicine, Categorical Internal Medicine) by offering a single interview day experience, which will suffice for consideration for both Categorical and GIM programs. Many applicants apply to both of these tracks, seeking to familiarize themselves with the unique offerings of each. Applying to both tracks will enable applicants to list both program NRMP numbers on their rank list. Applying to both tracks is in no way looked upon unfavorably by program leadership – it is indeed a common practice among applicants.



For the 2024 ERAS® cycle, our program strongly encourages all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. All Applicants are still required to complete the MyERAS application.

The ERAS Supplemental Application Pilot program is designed to help applicants “signal” their preferences and priorities for the interview season, as well as highlight those characteristics most meaningful to them – ones which they wish to draw particular attention to.  The additional information collected will help our program staff learn more about your medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and will help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission.

Please bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs, and resources.


Our program uses an online scheduling system called Thalamus to invite & book applicants selected for interviews – this program allows applicants to schedule and reschedule their interviews independently, all while viewing real-time availability data for each interview day. Invitations will be sent to applicants beginning in mid-October. Applications are reviewed through the first week of December.

IMPORTANT: When invitations are offered by Brown IM, applicants will have a period of time to accept so there is no need to take your phone into the shower so as not to miss an invitation (our interns have told us that they appreciate this practice and our efforts to mitigate an already stressful process).  That being said, interview appointment opportunities generally fill early.

Applicants will receive invitations via Thalamus and will need to set up a Thalamus account, through which they can access their itineraries for all Thalamus-utilizing programs to which they are applying.


Please note the following information for International Medical Graduate Applicants:

The ECFMG serves as the Dean’s Office for all IMGs, including USIMGs. Please refer to the ECFMG homepage on the World Wide Web at  Please note that we do NOT require certification by the ECFMG at the time of application.

We cannot guarantee review of international graduate applications unless the following criteria have been met:

  • USMLE Step 1 & 2 scores ≥ 200
  • Applicant J1 visa accepted. Our program does not sponsor H1 visas (J1 visas only).
  • U.S. Clinical Experience with references – we do not consider observerships to be clinical experience.
  • Medical School graduation date less than 3 years prior to submission of application