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General Surgery Residency

Surgery Residency Program Information

Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Our accredited program includes 7 yearly categorical positions and 1 or 2 preliminary positions.

We accept applications through ERAS and we interview selected candidates between October and January.

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Graduates of medical students in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

Valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training, or International Medical Graduates with either a J1 visa, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or permanent resident documentation (Green Card). Please see the UTMB Graduate Medical Education for complete information.

Residency candidates are invited to interview with our residency program based on these criteria:

  • Performance in medical school, as shown on their official transcript and Dean's letter
  • Performance in the basic and clinical science years, as evidenced by the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Performance on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 or COMLEX 1 and 2 examinations
  • Three letters of reference
  • The personal statement in their ERAS application

International Medical Graduates applying for a General Surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch are selected on the basis of the same criteria as above. In addition, they must have the following:

  • ECFMG certification at the time of application to the residency program
  • Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) or Green Card, or J1 visa at the time of application. For holders of H1 visas, these must be converted to J1 by the start of training.

The General Surgery Residency Selection Committee, consisting of the chair, residency program director, the associate directors, faculty members and residents meet jointly to review all candidates and to determine our rank order list. In addition to the criteria above, we consider personal and professional traits, based on interviews with the Program Director and several other faculty and residents in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Contact us:

Email: gs.residency@utmb.edu