How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago–Mount Sinai Hospital Program. To maintain our high levels of training, health care, and service, Mount Sinai only admits superior surgical residence applicants—those who are committed to the same standards of excellence we are. For these applicants, we are committed to providing a learning environment with a degree of flexibility that allows us to tailor programs to fit their individual needs.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in pursuing a career in general surgery may apply through ERAS. We do not accept applications via fax, mail, email or in-person delivery. Completed surgery residency applications are due by November 1 (with the exception of the dean’s letter); applications must include the following:

  • ERAS Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • A Score of 220 or Higher on USMLE Step 1
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Dean’s Letter

Our program director begins reviewing complicated applications November 1; incomplete files will not be reviewed. Invitations for interviews will be emailed in early to mid November, with five interview dates through November, December, and January. Interview spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis as emailed responses are received.

For International Applicants
International applicants may also submit applications through ERAS. Completed files are due by December 1, and candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • ERAS Application Form
  • Graduation Date from Medical School within Last Two Years
  • A Score of 220 or Higher on USMLE Step 1
  • Minimum of Six Months of U.S. Clinical Experience (with letters of recommendation from U.S. physicians)
  • Proof of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification Prior to Submission of the Rank List

Our program director begins reviewing completed files from international applicants December 1; incomplete files will not be reviewed. Invitations for phone interviews will be extended via email in January to all those selected. Note that prior surgical training in another country is not recognized or give credit for in the United States. Only training from programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) may count toward the total number of years required for certification by the American Board of Surgery. Additionally, our program does not sponsor any visas for international applicants.

For further questions or inquiries, contact Melissa Martin, Residency Coordinator, at