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Application Information

All applications must be completed and submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our General Surgery Residency Program Office will not accept paper applications.

The deadline for applying to our General Surgery Residency Program is December 1.

Please note:
Any applicant who has not passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 AND Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge [CK] and Clinical Skills [CS]) by the time the rank list is due will not be considered for ranking.

For more information:

Completed Application Components

All of the following must be received by our General Surgery Residency Program Office for your application to be considered complete:

  • Completed application from ERAS
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be general surgery)
  • USMLE Board scores, including Step 1 and Step 2 (both CK and CS)


International Medical School Graduates

All international medical school graduates must hold current and valid ECFMG certification in order for their application to be considered complete. Each applicant must have taken and passed both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE, including the Step 2 CK and CS sections. The English qualifying examination must be current and valid.

If you are an international school medical graduate, in addition to the above documentation, your application must also include:

  • A copy of your current ECFMG certification
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals in the United States

There is no minimum USMLE score requirement, there is no requirement regarding length of time since medical school graduation, and prior United States clinical experience is not required.

We accept only the J-1 visa sponsored through the ECFMG for residency/fellowship training. We do not sponsor the H-1B visa.

If you have any questions regarding visas, the ECFMG, or obtaining a graduate license for training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at 412.359.3166.


Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

If you are a graduate of an osteopathic medical school, your completed application must include the following, in addition to the items required from all candidates:

  • Proof of completion of a 1-year rotating internship or, if your internship is still in progress, a letter from your current rotating internship director that states your status in the program and the anticipated completion date. This internship year is required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine to obtain an unrestricted license
  • In lieu of or in addition to the USMLE, a copy of COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 CE and PE are required

If you have any questions regarding obtaining a graduate license for training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please contact our Graduate Medical Education Office at 412.359.3166.


Once the application is completed, our Admissions Committee reviews the application and applies the specific criteria that we use for granting interviews.

Personal interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program.


If you have any questions regarding our program, the application process or your application status, please contact us.

Medical Students

A fourth-year medical school rotation through our General Surgery Department or subspecialty elective is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact us.


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