Applicants typically apply to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency during their fourth year of medical school.

We consider applications from qualified international medical graduates. Such applicants must have achieved certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and passed the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) exams at the time of application. All residents must have excellent spoken and written English.


The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency offers two tracks: categorical and advanced.

  • Categorical track. The categorical track guarantees four years of training at Mayo Clinic. This includes the required year of preliminary medicine, which is spent entirely within the Department of Internal Medicine. The remaining three years are in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Refer to the Internal Medicine Preliminary Residency for details about the curriculum.
  • Advanced track. The advanced track consists of three years of physical medicine and rehabilitation training. If you are matched with the advanced track, you will need to make arrangements to complete 12 months of education in fundamental clinical skills in a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) before starting the advanced track.

You may rank Mayo Clinic for both the categorical and advanced tracks if you choose.

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Also see general admissions requirements, a sample appointment letter, a summary of terms and conditions of appointment, and compensation and benefits:

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