How to Apply

Requirements for Application

  • Applicant must have passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE®) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Step 1.
  • Dean's letter.
  • Two to four letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement (particularly what factors attracted you to Family Medicine).

We will use program signals as part of a holistic review process to determine interviews. We will follow the AAMC’s guidance regarding signaling:  “The AAMC suggests applicants signal their most interested programs regardless of whether they are home (programs) or away rotations.”

Applicants who completed med school outside the U.S.

Additional Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) or Test of English as a Foreing Language (TOEFL®) proficiency test.
  • Current ECFMG certification.
  • Successful completion of at least one year of clinical (not research or observerships) hospital-based training in a teaching hospital affiliated with a residency program in the United States.
  • Must have graduated from medical school no more than three years ago.
  • Must have no failures on any USMLE exam.

No visa sponsorships. J-1 visas considered with ECFMG.
Externship or observership programs are not available.

Where is Payson and What is a Rural Training Program

Rural Training programs are set up in collaboration with a larger academic parent program.  This model allows both the robust educational resources and volume of the urban academic medical center and the full-spectrum community-focused rural hospital and clinics.  By the ACGME standards, a rural training program resident will spend more than 50% time at the rural site, and less than 50% of their time in the urban partner hospital sites. 

Payson is a community that is at a higher elevation and to the North of Phoenix.  The medical center has a large rural catchment area.  The Emergency Department is busy and sends patients out by helicopter almost daily.  

Payson Arizona is at 5000 feet.  It has hiking and views along with all the grocery stores and shops.  The drive to Payson takes about 90 minutes by car, through the picturesque Tonto National Forest.  


Tiana Price
Program Coordinator