University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency:
Selection Process

Each year, residents are accepted at both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 levels. We have three PGY-1 positions and 27 positions distributed among the PGY-2 through PGY-4 levels.

Selection for an Interview

Our selection committee will begin reviewing applications in September. An invitation to interview can be extended only after we have received a complete application. After reviewing these materials, we will let you know via email whether or not you have met the eligibility requirements, and will be invited to visit our program for an interview. We will extend an invitation to interview to approximately 75 applicants at the beginning of October.

Since there is a limit to the number of invited applicants we can accommodate on any given day, you should let us know, as soon as possible after receiving your invitation, the date(s) on which you are available to come to Seattle. We will interview on Fridays in October, November, and December.

Interview Process:

Interviews will be offered in October, November, and December on specific dates: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19. Applicants can expect to receive a general overview of the program, and to have interviews with up to three members of the physician faculty. All interviewers will have access to the application materials.

Each interviewer will rate the applicants on a variety of criteria, including medical school performance, personal attributes, exposure to the field, attitudes toward persons with disabilities, and goals, including research and clinical interests. Interviewers will use both the application materials and their interactions with the applicants to assign the ratings or make summary comments.

Applicants will also have access to residents and tours of as many training sites as possible on the day of interview. Efforts will be made to accommodate applicants who cannot attend on the group interview days, or for visiting medical students doing a UW clerkship, to arrange a similar experience on other days as needed.

At the time of interview, applicants will be provided with additional written information about the program that may include descriptions of the clinical rotations, the didactic program, the website for the residency position appointment agreement, and the Essential Abilities requirements. Applicants will be requested to review the Essential Abilities document, and to notify the program director of requested accommodations, if applicable.

Development of the Rank List

All members of the residency training committee will review each application and the interview rating sheets. Each member will develop his or her own rank list. Criteria that may be considered include medical school performance, letters of recommendation, interview performance, research interest, career goals, and input from residents or other members of the staff who met the applicants (not solicited, but accepted).

A meeting of the residency training committee will be held in February to develop a consensus of rank order and which candidates will not be ranked. The program director and chairperson may review and revise the final list if needed. The same list will generally be submitted for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions.

In the event that not all PGY-1 positions fill, the match will be instructed to perform a reversion whereby the unfilled PGY-1 positions are added to the number of PGY-2 residents to be selected. Unfilled PGY-1 positions impact the department of medicine and will be reported to them.

Positions Outside the Match

In the case of vacancies, physicians may be interviewed at any time. Up to three faculty will be involved in the interview process. The residency training director will decide whether to offer a position, or whether further review by the whole residency training committee is indicated after the interview. The Program Director will review satisfactory verification of prior education (including evaluations, rotations completed and a summative competency based performance evaluation) from the previous program director.

If you have further questions regarding the application and/or interview process, please contact us.

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