Orthopedic Surgery Residency Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

  1. All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  2. We require the following before offering an interview:
    a. USMLE Step 1 score of 230 or higher for tests taken before January 26, 2022. After January 26, 2022, we require a "pass" on Step 1.
    b. Three (3) letters of recommendation other than the MSPE (formally the Dean’s letter), and
    c. A personal statement
  3. We only require that you have passed USMLE Step 2 prior to starting the program in June.
    a. If you have taken Step 2, we will factor that into our interview selection and overall ranking.
    b. We require a passing exam score of 230. We do not have a limitation on the number of attempts for USMLE exam, but do take into consideration any failed attempts.
  4. Research and honors in the surgery clerkship are also factors.


We are currently approved for three categorical spots per year. We do not offer preliminary positions or observerships.

We do not have a cut-off for the number of years since graduation from medical school. This will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications.

We do not require U.S. clinic experience to apply to our program.

SIU and its affiliated hospitals do not, as a matter of policy or practice, sponsor residents/fellows for H visas or benefits. Please review the Office of Graduate Medical Education's Resident Eligibility and Employment Authorization Policy. Learn more about Visas here.

The interview day will begin with an orientation by the program director highlighting the SIU Orthopedic Residency program. You will then individually meet with faculty members, our 3 chief residents, the Program Director, and Assistant Program Director. All selected applicants will have an opportunity to virtually meet and socialize with junior and senior residents. 
We will be conducting all interviews in a virtual format, utilizing Zoom. We will be participating in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Universal Offer Day.


December 3, 2022
December 10, 2022

Contact Us:

Mara Sweet | 217-545-6155
SIU School of Medicine | Division of Orthopedic Surgery | PO Box 19638 | Springfield, Illinois, 62794-9638

SIU Office of Graduate Medical Education