How to Apply
VCU General Surgery Residency Program
Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at VCU Health. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the ERAS system by October 1, 2023. For more information on our application and interview process, please select a topic below.
The initial round of invitations for categorical and preliminary interviews will be sent out via ERAS between Thursday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 31st.
Only applications received through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) will be reviewed and considered for an interview for General Surgery residency applications. We do NOT accept applications that are submitted via email or outside of ERAS.
The following documents are required for a complete application:
- Medical School Transcript
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; International Medical Graduates must have letters of recommendation which clearly document 3 months of U.S. clinical experience
- Dean’s Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
- Personal Statement
- USMLE Report (Step 1 and Step 2 CK)
- Current CV
Applicants are expected to display a commitment to a career in medicine, strong analytical ability, good judgement, proven academic skill, and be of sound moral character.
In order to be ranked in the NRMP, all applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) prior to February 1, 2024. There is no minimum board score requirement.
Visa and ECFMG:
Only J-1 Visas are accepted by the VCU Health System; our institution does not sponsor H-1B Visas.
ECFMG Certification is required before acceptance into the program; however, an interview can be granted without a certificate.
All applicants must have sufficient written and spoken English language skills in order to deliver safe and effective patient care.
Medical School and Clinical Experience:
All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school.
All applicants must have a minimum of three months of clearly documented direct patient care activity in the U.S. or Canada (either independent or ACGME, AOA, or ADA accredited). U.S. and Canadian medical school clinical rotations and externships with direct patient care meet this requirement. Observerships and non-clinical research fellowships do not fulfill this requirement. Please note that observerships and externships are not available in the VCU Department of Surgery.
The department does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
The General Surgery Residency Program will hold virtual interviews via Zoom on the dates listed below. Please note, dates are subject to change.
All interviews are self-scheduled via ERAS on a first-come, first-serve basis; this includes both preliminary and categorical applicants. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via ERAS. Applicants will be emailed materials about the program to review prior to their interview date.
We have six (6) PGY-1 categorical positions.
Categorical applicants will be invited to attend a virtual social hour with residents the evening before their interview. Virtual interviews will occur the next day with the Program Director, faculty, and residents.
2023 – 2024 Categorical Dates:
- November 17th (Friday)
- December 1st (Friday)
- December 20th (Wednesday)
- January 19th (Friday)
We have six (6) PGY-1 preliminary positions.
Preliminary applicants will have virtual interviews scheduled with the Program Director in January 2024.
2023 – 2024 Preliminary Interview Dates:
- January TBA