UC Davis Health Resident Program Selection Process

The Resident Medical Staff Program is a distinct segment of UC Davis Health HR programs, with unique eligibility, applications, and selection process.


Position Description

All programs should provide a written position description outlining the responsibilities of the resident. UC Davis Health has a Resident Medical Staff position description for use by all department training programs that are found in the Resident Medical Staff (RMS) Policy and Procedure Manual.


Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to ACGME accredited programs at UC Davis Health:

  • Graduates of accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada.

  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet the following qualifications:

    1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; and
    2. Documentation (PTAL) noting eligibility for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of California.
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school. *A Fifth Pathway program is an academic year of supervised clinical education provided by an LCME-accredited medical school to students who meet the following conditions:
    1. Have completed, in an accredited college or university in the United States, undergraduate premedical education of the quality acceptable for matriculation in an accredited United States medical school
    2. Have studied at a medical school outside the United States and Canada but listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools;
    3. Have completed all of the formal requirements of the foreign medical school except internship and/or social service;
    4. Have attained a score satisfactory to the sponsoring medical school on a screening examination; and
    5. Have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Please not that UC Davis Health follows the AAMC guidelines regarding H-1B sponsorship and does not support the H-1B visa for international medical graduates (IMG).

Resident Selection

  • Programs should select from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. 
  • Programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.
  • If offered for individual specialties, programs must participate in organized matching programs, such as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or the San Francisco Matching Program.

Application Form and Interview Questions

Applications should be universal in nature as exampled in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)  format. Interview questions should be based upon the position description and specific requirements of the specialty to which the application is made. Criteria for selection should be clearly documented. Each program should establish interview questions and desired responses. The same questions should be asked of all applicants.

Inquiries concerning non-rob related issues are illegal. Illegal inquiries include:  race, color, religion, creed, national origin, birth place, birth date, citizenship, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, children, and age.

Additionally, it is illegal to require a photograph, at anytime, before hiring. The Human Resources Office advises against requesting a photograph before hiring. If a department chooses to request a photograph during the interview process to help remember the various candidates, judicious use is advised.

Document the Selection Process

If an individual challenges the program’s selection process, you may be required to produce documentation of the process. Such documents may include the position description, application forms, interview questions, interview notes, rating scales and justification for the ranking.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

The enrollment of non-eligible residents may be cause for withdrawal of accreditation of the involved programs. Civil lawsuits may be filed based upon alleged violations of state and federal employment laws.

Questions regarding the selection process may be directed to:

Holly Singleteary
HR Business Partner