Become a Family Medicine Resident

Applying for our Family Medicine Residency

We aim to provide the best training possible for our residents and to provide compassionate, high-quality primary care services to our patients, with an emphasis on caring for a diverse and underserved population here in Phoenix.  We review applications for evidence of service to patients and community, commitment to family medicine as a specialty, academic performance, and diversity of experience.  We seek to match candidates who share these values. 

We participate in National Resident Matching program (NRMP) and we accept 8 PGY-1 residents per year.  All applications must be sent through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Paper or email applications will not be accepted by the program. 

Application Criteria

U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, green card holders, or J-1 Visa holders are welcome to apply.  Applicants need to meet the following criteria to be considered for an interview:

  • Graduate from an LCME, AOA, or WHO-accredited Medical School within the last two years.
  • Pass both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 or COMLEX 1 and 2 with no more than one failed attempt.  Candidates who have not passed both steps by the ranking deadline will not be ranked. 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Ideally at least one letter of recommendation should be from a Family Physician.

Information for international medical graduates (IMGs)

  • Creighton will sponsor J-1 visas. 
  • A minimum of three months of U.S. clinical experience (not counting research) is required.  
  • IMGs do not need to have ECFMG certificate to apply, but they must have one by the time they start residency.

Interview dates for 2021-22

Interviews are conducted in the morning and are finished by 12:00 noon Arizona time.  This year, interviews will be scheduled on the following dates:

  • October 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • November 1, 2, 9, 15, 16, 29, 30
  • December 6, 7, 13, 14,
  • January 3, 4

What to expect on your interview day 

All interviews for 2021-22 will be done virtually.  Interviews will start with a program overview with all candidates together, followed by individual interviews with the program director, a faculty member, and a resident, as well as a virtual “tour” with another resident.  There will also be a virtual “happy hour” on the evening of the interview that is attended by applicants and residents.  We encourage all applicants to attend in the evening so that they can meet our residents, as resident input is an important part of our interview process.  If an applicant is unable to attend the happy hour on the day of their interview, attendance on another evening can be arranged.