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 19, 2022. 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 Wednesday, October 26th, and Tuesday, November 1st.
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.
Applicants must apply via ERAS by October 19, 2022 and be enrolled in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
In order to be ranked in the NRMP, all applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) prior to February 1, 2023. 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.
For additional information, please see the VCU School of Medicine’s GME policies.
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.
2022 – 2023 Categorical Dates:
- November 18th (Friday)
- December 2nd (Friday)
- December 14th (Wednesday)
- January 13th (Friday)
We have six (6) PGY-1 preliminary positions.
Preliminary applicants will have virtual interviews scheduled with the Program Director in January 2023.
2022 – 2023 Preliminary Interview Dates:
- January 10th
- January 16th – 18th
For the 2022-2023 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional.
The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission.
The supplemental application must be completed between August 1st and September 16th.
For more information on the supplemental ERAS application, please visit https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residencies-eras/supplementalerasapplication