How to Apply

Our program has two tracks to which you can apply and match. All 24 positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

18 positions per year
Program ID: 1848140C0

Primary Care
Six positions per year
Program ID: 1848140M0

Our program is not participating in the supplemental application and preference signaling pilot this year. We had insufficient information about the process to feel confident that the extra application would enhance the thorough and holistic way we already use to assess applicants. So…even if you can’t send our program preference signals, please know that we are looking closely at your application!

All applications are through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

We select candidates to interview based on their complete application and seek a class that lives the values of this program.

  • Collegiality and teamwork—we care for one another
  • The richness of human differences—we all have unique paths
  • Connection to our complex patients—including the underserved and rural Kentucky

Additional Program Requirements

Our application review relies on the Medical School Performance Evaluation, Internal Medicine Standard Evaluation Letter from your clerkships, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation). We expect a first-time passing score on Step 1. We generally prefer a United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 score around the mean. 

USMLE is preferred to the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX), although we do consider both. Our COMLEX Level 1 program mean is 660. 

​For international medical graduates, you must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)-certified by June 30 of the year you plan to start residency. We consider applicants who are less than three years out from medical school graduation or those who have been actively practicing clinical medicine. 

UK only sponsors J-1 Visas, and the Office of Graduate Medical Education (not the department of medicine) makes all resident-related visa decisions. 

Contact Us

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  • PGY 1 - 10 days

  • PGY 2 and PGY 3 - 15 days

  • Eight holidays and four holiday bonus days

Health Insurance

UK credit for plan and coverage level chosen (go to for health insurance rates)

Medical Licensure

Medical - Original cost for required license plus yearly renewal

Disability Insurance

Effective after 12 months of employment

Life Insurance

One-time stipend coverage provided at no cost

Meal Money

Money added to paycheck (based upon duty hours)


House staff are not eligible for the University's matching retirement plan, but may contribute to the voluntary retirement plan.