Written or telephone requests for information regarding our General Surgery Residency Program are accepted.

We are exclusively utilizing ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service for the upcoming application process. Please contact your medical school of graduation for ERAS® information and packet application. Paper applications will not be accepted.

A preliminary review of each applicant will be made upon receipt of a complete application and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dean’s letter is not required for initial review.

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

We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement (passage on the first attempt is required), but rather review your complete application considering all provided information. High scores and academic honors, however, do influence our Selection Committee.

If you are an international medical graduate, please 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 J1 visa and we do not review applications of candidates who have been out of medical school more than 5 years.

Our application deadline is November 1, 2016. After the Selection Committee has reviewed your completed file, and if you are offered an interview, you will be contacted by e-mail to select a date for your interview. Please be sure to include your e-mail address as part of your ERAS® application.

The interview dates are:

Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14, 2017

The hotel located closest to the Washington University Medical Center is The Parkway Hotel, St. Louis ( (314-256-7777 or 886-314-7700). It is located adjacent to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Center and accessible by Metrolink. Metrolink is a clean, efficient light-rail system, departing from the airport’s Main Terminal and East Terminal at 10-minute intervals. It takes approximately 20 minutes to ride from the airport to the Central West End Metrolink stop (where the Medical Center and Parkway Hotel are located). The Friday evening reception, held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, is just one-half block south of the Metrolink exit.

The reception is an opportunity for applicants to meet the residents and the faculty informally. The interviews are held on Saturday morning. Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, chairman, Department of Surgery, will talk with the applicants during breakfast. Paul E. Wise, MD, program director, will present an overview of the training program as well as a description of the rotations. Afterwards, the applicants will attend General Surgery Conference. Following this, applicants will have several interviews over a 2 1/2-hour period.

At the conclusion of the interviews, applicants will be taken on a tour of the facilities including the hospitals and research buildings. A leisurely luncheon for the applicants, faculty and residents will follow the tour. The day concludes by 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Surgery Housestaff Office at 314-362-8028 or e-mail at