Diversity Recruitment Open House

Please join us for the second UW Network for Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) Diversity Recruitment Open House as part of NURF's outreach efforts this recruitment season. This virtual Open House is intended to answer questions from residency and fellowship program applicants from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are currently applying to our programs at the University of Washington.


Date: Monday, October 12, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (PST)



Additional information and registration details can be found here.

Application Process

We accept applications through ERAS, the Electronic Application Service, administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

2020-21 Match

Deadline for applications:  Sunday, November 1, 2020

Interviews are offered as completed files are reviewed. Therefore, early submission and completion of your application is key. 

Your ERAS file will be reviewed only after all of the following documents have been received:

  1. MyERAS common application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. CV (generated through ERAS)
  4. USMLE scores
  5. Medical school transcripts
  6. At least 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from OBGYN. While we do not REQUIRE a Chairman's letter, if you have solicited one, we would recommend that you upload it to ERAS. 

Applicants who are competitive to receive an interview at this program have:

  • Clinical distinctions including Honors in the OB GYN rotation (when grades are available) or demonstrate excellence in clinical medicine and patient-centered care

We recruit trainees from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds, those who are underrepresented in medicine, those with significant volunteer / humanitarian experience, prior careers and work experience, or other unique characteristics. We seek applicants with varied life experiences that reflect resilience or “distance traveled”.

Our rigorous, seven-site program requires intellectual curiosity, a “growth mindset”, and strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. Integrity and perseverance are key, as is the ability to re-charge and provide self-care.

International Medical Graduates

The UW ObGyn Residency Program accepts foreign national physicians who meet UW Eligibility and Selection requirements into its accredited residency program.

Foreign nationals requiring visa sponsorship must obtain a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates - ECFMG (the J-1, or Exchange Visitor visa, is intended for educational purposes and allows residents to participate in temporary educational exchange programs. It stipulates that a holder of the visa will return to his/her home country following completion of the program. The UW GME office supports and administers J-1 visa applications with sponsorship by the ECFMG for residents and fellows).

The UW does not generally provide H-1B sponsorship for residents in its clinical training programs unless the resident is otherwise ineligible for a J-1 visa. 

Requests for H-1B visa sponsorship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the UW GME office and the UW Provost's office. There is no US clinical experience requirement, and no requirements as far as date-of-graduation.

Residency Application Additional Materials

Prospective residents are encouraged to review the Residency Application Book and Recruitment Video for a more thorough explanation of our sites, faculty, and curriculum.

Our Instagram handle is @UWOBGYNresidents and can be found here.

Residency Position Agreement (RPA)

All prospective residents must provide written confirmation that they were informed of the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Residency Position Appointment and Policy, which outlines the terms of agreement during their residency training at the UW.


Applicant interviews are conducted virtually on select Mondays and Wednesdays in November – January 2020-2021. The interviewing panel consists of the department chair; the residency program director; the residency program assistant/associate directors; faculty representatives from various divisions and clinical sites; and a team of residents. We utilize both structured behavioral interview questions and free-form interviews to recruit trainees, as well as informal time to meet with residents to ask questions.