General Surgery

Residency Application Information

general-surgery.jpgThe general surgery residency program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center offers a strong, balanced program with the flexibility to support multiple surgical career tracks. The program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Students should check with their Dean's office if unfamiliar with this service.

As part of the ERAS application, the residency program requires a recent photograph, an official transcript, USMLE Step 1 results, a dean's letter (Medical Student Performance Evaluation-MSPE), and three letters of recommendation from faculty. At least two of these faculty letters should come from surgeons, but a Surgery Department Chairman's letter is not required.
USMLE Step 1 results are also required, with a first attempt minimum score of 220, and USMLE Step 2 results should be provided as soon as they become available to the applicant. In addition, IMG's will need one year of clinical experience in the US to be considered for a categorical position and all applicants must have graduated from medical school within the last five years.

Five categorical and four nondesignated preliminary residents are chosen annually through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Pre-screening of applications begins in early September. Competitive applicants will be invited to visit UMMC for interviews. During the interview day, there will be presentations by the Vice-Chair of Surgical Education, and the Residency Program Director, a tour of the medical center, interviews with faculty and opportunities to speak informally with residents and faculty. Interviews are held on Wednesdays in November, December and January. An informal dinner with residents, is held on the Tuesday evening prior to each Wednesday interview date.

An applicant without United States citizenship must have either a J-1 visa or Permanent Resident status (Green Card) in order to be employed as a resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

For more information, contact the Surgery Education Office by email.