Applicant Corner


Thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program! Our residency training has given us the necessary foundation to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to a diverse group of patients in an environment that is both challenging and supportive. We are especially proud of our program’s commitment to developing physician leaders and to fostering an environment that supports their individual interests. The residency’s distinct research and administrative tracks, innovative medical education experiences, and mentorship for scholarly projects enable residents to create their own paths. Outside of scholarly pursuits, our residents benefit from one of the most livable cities in the country with a vibrant food scene and a wide range of outdoor and recreational experiences.

To learn more about the tremendous opportunities available at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, please explore the rest of the website. We look forward to showing you what Pittsburgh has to offer!

Interview Day Resources

This document contains in depth information about the program, our institutions, and the Pittsburgh area from the GME office.

How to Apply

Application deadline is November 30.

Required materials must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. The following materials must be submitted before the applicant is invited for an interview:

  • Common ERAS application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (with no gaps)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE/COMLEX board scores
  • Minimum of 3 recommendation letters from full-time faculty—preferably one letter from PM&R faculty
  • Dean’s letter of recommendation

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates

Applicants who are international medical graduates must have graduated from a medical school that is certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). They must have graduated from medical school with the past 5 years, and they must have a complete ERAS file that includes all the information listed above.

Traditionally, international applicants who have been the most successful in gaining admission are those who have 2-digit scores over 95 in the USMLE and also have prior clinical training in the United States. International applicants with these exceptional qualifications account for one to three interns per year. The UPMC Medical Education Program sponsors the J-1 visa for applicants who are accepted.

Information about Categorical and Advanced Programs

We are holding interview for the advanced and categorical programs together. If you applied to both programs, you only need to come to one interview. You will still have the opportunity to rank one or both of the programs within the NRMP Match. The main difference will be the year you wish to enter the program: i.e. PGY-1 (categorical) and PGY-2 (advanced) PM&R. In order to rank both programs through the Match, you must have an application to both programs through ERAS.

NRMP Codes for UPMC PM&R Programs:

  • Categorical: 1652340C0
  • Advanced: 1652340A0

Additional Advanced Program Information

UPMC offers the following options for PGY-1:

  • UPMC Medical Education Transitional Year Residency Program PM&R Track (NRMP 1652999P3)
  • UPMC Presbyterian Transitional Year (NRMP 1652999P0)
  • UPMC Presbyterian Preliminary Year (NRMP 1652140P0)

Interview Day

Interviews for both the Categorical and Advanced positions take place on Mondays and Thursdays from late October through mid-January.

Interviews for the 2021-2022 application cycle will be conducted virtually.

Stipends and Benefits

Information about the compensation packages for residents and fellows is available from UPMC's Graduate Medical Education Committee.