Applicant Process general surgery

Applicant Process

Program Basic Requirements

  • We only accept applications through ERAS. Application deadline is Oct. 30.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement/CV
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Successful completion of USMLE I, II and CS with a score of at least 225. We accept all ECFMG pathways for Step 2 CS.
  • USMLE transcript
  • We are unable to accept out of match positions.

We are unable to accept applicants with previous GME experience

All applications are reviewed and consideration is given to those who meet the above minimum requirements. We welcome applications from all regions.

Applicant Selection

The program director and the application review committee review all applications that meet the above criteria and determine which applicants to invite to an interview. Our interviews take place in November and December on pre-determined interview dates by invitation only. Invitations are sent via email.  Applicants will receive correspondence whether or not they are selected to interview.

Applicants will get a chance to meet each other and current residents during an informal gathering the evening prior to the interview.

Interview Day

The interview day begins at 7 a.m. with our surgical grand rounds conference.  Immediately following, Robert Fitzgibbons, Jr., MD, surgery chairman, and Marcus Balters, MD, surgery program director, will meet with all interviewees to present an overview of our residency program. Each applicant will then participate in one-on-one interviews with members of our surgical teaching faculty and fourth-year residents, followed by lunch with our faculty and residents.

Residents will be available throughout the day to answer any questions regarding our program and to provide a tour of the hospital. The day concludes at approximately 1:30 pm.

We participate in the NRMP (National Residency Match Program).

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your program accept international medical graduates?

Yes - we do have international medical graduates in our program. In the current academic year, 6 of our 22 residents are IMGs.   

Type of Visa we Sponsor

All GME programs at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy support J-1 visas only.

U.S. Training Requirement

No prior U.S. training is required to be considered in our program.

USMLE Score Cutoff

We consider all candidates with USMLE scores over 225.

Number of Open Positions

Every year we interview for 4 categorical positions and 2 preliminary positions.