How to Apply
Graduate Medical Education
Prospective residents and fellows must complete the specified application process
in order to be considered for our programs.
Apply for a Residency or Fellowship
Dermatology, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Surgery
residency applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service for Applicants (ERAS).
ONMM2 and ONMM3 residency applicants must apply by completing and submitting the PCOM GME Residency Application [PDF] along with the required supplemental documents.
Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology residency applicants must apply through the San
Francisco Match at sfmatch.org.
Apply for a Visiting Resident Rotation
Eligibility Requirements for Appointment of Designated Osteopathic Residents
PCOM requires all of its residents to be Designated Osteopathic Residents (DORs),
with rare exceptions. DORs must have sufficient background and/or instruction in osteopathic
philosophy and techniques in manipulative medicine, to prepare them to engage in the
curriculum of the Osteopathic Recognition program.
Pending the rare exception of the applicant not entering into the Osteopathic Recognition
curriculum, the following requirements, as part of the foundational knowledge in Osteopathic
Principles and Practice (OPP), must be met before an applicant is eligible to receive an invitation to interview.
- A minimum of 140 hours of OPP education, inclusive of the following:
- osteopathic philosophy, history, terminology, code of ethics, anatomy and physiology
related to osteopathic medicine;
- indications, contraindications, and safety issues associated with the use of Osteopathic
Manipulative Treatment (OMT); and
- palpatory diagnosis, osteopathic structural exam, and OMT.
- An applicant who is a graduate of a Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
(COCA)-accredited college of osteopathic medicine (COM), who holds a DO degree, will
have met this requirement through their medical school education.
- An applicant who is a graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada,
accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or one who is a graduate
from a medical school outside the United States or Canada, must meet this requirement
by taking coursework in OPP, at the applicant's expense, including hands-on didactics
and assessment in OMT. The applicant must provide proof of all training in OPP and
must provide a letter from an osteopathic physician, endorsing the applicant's proficiency
- An applicant who has not graduated from a COCA-accredited COM must take and obtain at least a 70% on a multiple
choice assessment of foundational OPP knowledge, as constructed by the PCOM Director
of Osteopathic Education.
Notice to Applicants
All applicants for PCOM residency and fellowship programs must be legally authorized
to work in the United States.