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Application Process

Saint Louis University's general surgery residency program exclusively uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Contact your medical school of graduation more information. Paper applications will not be accepted. A preliminary review of each applicant will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Application Requirements

Applications should consist of all ERAS® materials and the following documents:

  • Medical student performance evaluation
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from American Board of Surgery-certified surgeons who are familiar with your work
  • USMLE Step I scores (Step II required before residency program starts)
  • Personal statement

A dean’s letter is not required for initial review.

There is significant competition for our academic general surgery residency training positions. Successful applicants are above average medical students with work-oriented personalities. We are looking for residents who will be contributors to general surgery now and throughout their careers. Our students are clinically and intellectually advanced enough to handle, without difficulty, the rigorous patient care and didactic aspects of surgical training, allowing them to take full advantage of the educational benefits we can provide.

While passage on the first attempt is required, we do not have a minimum United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) score requirement. We will review your complete application considering all provided information but high scores and honors do influence the selection committee.

If you are an international medical graduate, contact your local Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) office for more information on ERAS. Foreign medical graduates are required to have ECFMG certification before applying to our program. We sponsor only the J-1 visa and we do not review applications of candidates who have been out of medical school more than five years.

If you are offered an interview, you will be contacted by email to select a date. Be sure to include your preferred email address as part of your application.

 For questions, contact the surgery education office at 314-977-4708 or email SLUsurgresidency@health.slu.edu