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Our residents are passionate about providing care in underserved areas. They have strong leadership skills and succeed working on teams. If that’s you, apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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Application requirements 

When you apply through ERAS, include: 

  • Your personal statement 
  • Medical school transcript 
  • MyERAS application form 
  • 3 letters of recommendation 
  • Medical school performance evaluation (Dean's letter) 
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) transcript 
  • Current Educational Council on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) status report (for international medical graduates only) 


You can apply for our residency after you pass USMLE or COMLEX Step 1. You’re eligible for our program if you finished medical school within the last 2 years and engaged in meaningful clinical, educational or research experience after graduation from:  

  • A medical school in the U.S. or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education (LCME)  
  • A medical school outside the U.S. or Canada that holds a valid certificate from the Educational Council on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 
  • A college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 

Osteopathic Applicants & Match Opportunities

We encourage Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students to apply. After the merger of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) into the SAS (Single Accreditation System), our program has obtained Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME. We only rank residents in the National Resident Matching Program system. 

Our DO residents participate in extra osteopathic training through the Wisconsin Statewide Osteopathic Program organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family and Community Medicine. This allows DO residents 4 days per year of extra osteopathic training near Madison, Wis. 

We have multiple DOs on our core faculty who practice osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to help you expand your skills through practice.  

International Medical Graduates

If you graduated medical school outside of the U.S., you must also: 

  • Be ECFMG certified at the start of your residency 
  • Have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 exams within 2 attempts on each step and within the last 2 years 
  • Provide a current ECFMG status report with your ERAS application 

Our institutional policy, which values diversity and inclusiveness, sponsors H1 and J1 visas. We are exempt from the H1 cap. 

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La Crosse, WI 54601

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