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Application Requirements

Please review the Eligibility Recruitment and Selection Policy before applying.

Applications for the surgery residency program are accepted electronically through ERAS®. Applications are considered complete when the following documentation is received through ERAS:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • CV Report (Generated by the Program from the CAF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript(s)
  • Dean's Letter (expected after November 1st)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (One Chairman letter if possible)
  • Official transcripts from NBME indicating USMLE scores (Step 1 and 2 if available)

In addition to the above, students and graduates of international medical schools must provide the following:

  • Verification of ECFMG certification (provided through ERAS)
  • Verification of ECFMG J-1 visa status. Note: Visas in any other category (B-1, H-1, etc.) cannot be accepted.
  • Verification of United States residency status (permanent resident, naturalized citizen, etc.)*
  • Copy of valid (unexpired) Medical Board of California Authorization Letter*


Application Deadline:  November 1st

2017 General Surgery Categorical Program Interview Dates:

December 5-6, 2017
December 12-13, 2017

We do not conduct interviews for preliminary positions. For information about applying for a preliminary position, please click here


Program Contacts and Information

Surgery Education Office
UCSF Department of Surgery
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-321
San Francisco, CA 94143-0470
Phone: (415) 476-1239
Fax: (415) 502-1259