Education & Training

PM&R Admissions

General Information

We accept applications through the ERAS system. We accept applications from candidates from osteopathic schools.

The deadline for application submission is October 31. We understand that the Dean's letter from your school may not be submitted until later.

We interview in November, December, and January. You will be contacted via email or phone if you have been selected to interview.

This program participates in the National Residency Matching Program and adheres strictly to the rules of the Match. For example, we do not offer positions outside of the Match; we do not guaranty positions or reveal an applicant's rank. Historically, we have filled all our available slots every year.

For more information about admissions, please contact:

Coordinator of Academics
Phone: 617.952.5243


Transitional Year Requirements

We require that you complete an ACGME accredited transitional year or a rotation that meets the ACGME criteria: One year of the four years of training is to develop fundamental clinical skills. This year of training in fundamental clinical skills must consist of an accredited transitional year or include six months or more responsibility in accredited training with inpatient responsibility in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery, or any combination of these patient care experiences. The remaining months of this year may include any combination of accredited specialties or subspecialties.

Accredited training in any of the specialties or subspecialties selected must be for a period of at least four weeks. No more than eight weeks may be in non-direct patient care experiences. Training in fundamental clinical skills must be completed within the first two years of the four-year training program. Osteopathic internships often satisfy these clinical requirements.

Medical Student Elective

One of the best ways to experience our residency is to take an elective as a fourth year medical student. Please call the Harvard Medical School Office of the Registrar to initiate the application process.
Phone: (617) 432-1515



Introduction to PM&R: ME553M.27
Rehabilitation of Patients with Chronic Pain: ME554M.27
Pediatric Rehabilitation: PD532M.27


FAQ for International Medical Graduates

Do you accept International Medical Graduates (IMGs)?
Yes, we do accept IMGs, and have graduated several from our program. All our IMGs had truly exceptional academic credentials. All of our IMGs are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

What type of visa will I need for your program?
You will need either a J-1 visa, sponsored by the ECFMG, or an H-1 visa, sponsored by The Partners Office for International Students and Scholars.

How do I apply for your program?
You must apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept any other application method - no paper applications.

Is there a cutoff score on the USMLE?
Yes, there is a cutoff score. You must have scored in at least the 80th percentile on your USMLE exam for your application to be reviewed.

Do you offer positions outside the Match?
No. All six of our positions are offered through the Match. No positions are offered outside the Match to anyone, under any circumstances.

What openings are there in your program?
We are accepting applications via ERAS for those beginning their PGY-2 year. There are no vacancies at any other level of the program.

Do you offer a transitional year?
We do not offer a transitional year. Our program is a three-year specialty residency.

What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for application submission is October 31st.

Do I need to have clinical experience in the U.S.?
Yes. You must ensure that you have completed the requirements of a U.S. transitional year before you begin our program.

Is there a limit on number of application attempts?
There is no limit on the number of application attempts. However, we urge you not to reapply unless you have made substantial changes and additions to your application in order to improve it. Sending the same application every year will not increase your chances of an interview.

What can I do to increase my chances of admission?
We are looking for applicants who are genuinely interested in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and who have the skills to become leaders in the field themselves. Genuine interest is assessed by how committed you have been to the field throughout your medical career. Have you taken electives in PM&R? Have you performed relevant research?