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The application process



Thank you for your interest in our program.   All applications to our residency program must be made through ERAS.


SelectWise — Along with the ERAS application, we also require all applicants to complete the FITxBEST ( assessment delivered through SelectWise. Our goal is to help match applicants and programs based on FIT - not just test scores. To help ensure this fit, we are asking all high-potential candidates to complete an assessment that helps give us more information about you, while also helping you gain more insight into what it would like to be a general surgery resident in our program. Applicants who meet our minimum eligibility criteria will be invited directly through the SelectWise system.

Requirements — Applicants are screened by looking at the quality of their entire application and select applicants will be invited for an interview. Thus, minimum board score requirements are somewhat flexible. We do require three letters of recommendation, USMLE Step 1 score (with the addition of Step 2 score preferred), ECFMG certificate is required for international graduates to be invited for an interview. We sponsor J1 Visa only. US clinical experience is highly desirable for any international applicant. There is no cut-off for year of graduation.


Deadline — The application deadline is November 1. Interviews will be conducted on selected dates from November to January. Invitations to interview are extended by e-mail. Selection for the program depends on a review of the applicant's file and interview.


Resident Selection — It is the policy of UTHSCSA and its affiliated hospitals to sustain resident selection processes that are free from impermissible discrimination. In compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, the University of Texas System Policy, and Institutional Policy, no person shall be subject to discrimination in the process of resident selection on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Residency applicants must clear a screening process to ensure that they are not listed by a federal agency as ineligible for participation in federal programs. This screening is performed at no charge to the applicant.


Interview Process — The interview starts with dinner with current residents on Sunday evening. Applicants have the opportunity to get to know the residents and vice versa. The current residents' input is valued highly in the selection process. On the Monday, at the time of the formal interview, each applicant is evaluated for personal and academic/patient care qualities as the applicant is interviewed by faculty and senior residents. As part of the interview process, each applicant gets an individual interview with the Department Chairman and the Program Director.


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