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A to Z Scholarship - Advancing Equity and Inclusion

A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship

The A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship is happy to partner with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to create a unique opportunity to support students who are underrepresented in medicine.

The average medical student applies to 40 residency programs with students pursuing surgical specialties applying to an average of 60 programs. The cost of applying to residency, the last phase in medical education training, can be inhibitory and students without means are often limited to the number of programs they can apply to. Additionally, these costs are not allotted for in medical education loans. Thus, students with financial need face a challenge in covering the cost of residency application.

These expenses, paired with the challenges that students underrepresented in medicine face, create an unmet need. The A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship and SNMA have partnered to create an opportunity to increase access to residency through this sponsorship. We welcome applicants who are applying into all residency specialties.



The University of California, San Francisco Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (UCSF OBGYN/RS) accepts applications through ERAS, the Electronic Application Service. The only documentation reviewed for consideration is that submitted through ERAS.


In line with national recommendations and for the safety of all, our interviews this year will all be conducted virtually


We will begin reviewing applications on October 21,2020 , with the deadline for applications being October 31, 2020. Invitations to interview will be extended on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. We review applications when they contain at least the following

  • MyERAS common application
  • Personal statement
  • CV (generated through ERAS)
  • USMLE Step I
  • Medical school transcripts
  • 1 letter of recommendation, preferably from an ObGyn (3 letters total by November 1)

NOTE - When listing publications, please make sure to include the PMID number.


October 21 - November 2:

Application review. If you wish to have your application reviewed for consideration, the above mentioned application components must be received by start of business (9AM – PST), November 2.

November 10:

We will be extending our invitations to interview on Tuesday, November 10, 2020


We communicate with applicants through ERAS, therefore, do not wait until your application is complete before entering it into ERAS. Should we have important information to relay to applicants and you have only loaded your CV, you will receive that information, but if you are not in the system you will miss that update.


Needless to say, it has been an interesting year that has presented us with curious challenges as well as opportunities for creativity and innovation. While we, in partnership with the AAMC, work to ensure a smooth and equitable interview season, one thing remains unchanged. This year is an election year, and as we will not be conducting interviews on Tuesday, November 3, we believe that, as an organization, we cannot over-stress how imperative it is that you, as applicants, as future leaders, exercise your right to vote on that day. If you are currently not registered to vote, click here. Additionally, at this point, it is virtually impossible for you to know where you will be on election day, so we also strongly encourage you to investigate your particular state's provisions for absentee voting and, if an option, sign up now. In many areas, signing up for absentee voting does not preclude one from being able to vote in person, though attempting to convert to absentee as we get closer to the general election could become more difficult.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

NOTE: If you are Medical Student from an external program looking for the opportunity to do a rotation at UCSF, click here


Minimum USMLE Scores:

We have no minimum USMLE score requirements though more robust scores do strengthen an application.

Doctor of Osteopathic (D.O.) Applicants:

D.O. applicants are required to sumbit UMSLE scores in addition to COMLEX scores

International Medical Graduate requirements:

We have no additional policies regarding the selection of IMGs for our residency training program. Once minimum application requirements have been met, we consider every applicant's merits and weigh them accordingly.

Before you may apply to our clinical training program, however, it will be necessary for you to complete the following:

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate

"Effective January 1, 2020, the Board will no longer issue Postgraduate Training Authorization Letters (PTAL) to international medical school graduates."


The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will sponsor a J-1 visa for candidates. Please refer to their website. Our program can, on a limited basis, sponsors H1B visas.