Orthopedic Surgery Residency Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

  1. All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  2. We require a USMLE Step 1 score of 220 or higher, three letters of recommendation other than the MSPE (formally the Dean’s letter), and a personal statement before offering an interview.
  3. We only require that you have passed USMLE Step 2 prior to starting the program in June. If you have taken step 2, we will factor that into our interview selection and overall ranking. We do not have a limitation on exam score nor the number of attempts for USMLE exam, but do take into consideration any failed attempts.
  4. Along with USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, research, honors in the surgery clerkship, and a strong personal statement are also factors.


How many residents do you match each year?

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

Is there a cut off from date of graduation?

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

Is US Clinical Experience Required?

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

What type of Visas do you offer?

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.

Application Deadline: November 2021

We will be virtually interviewing two days: December 4, 2021, and December 11, 2021

A typical interview day:

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, Assistant Program Director, and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery. All selected applicants will have an opportunity to virtually meet and socialize with junior and senior residents. 

We are conducting all interviews in a virtual format, honoring social distancing guidelines related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using Zoom to conduct all the interviews. We will be participating in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Universal Offer Day

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Virtual Open House:

Please join us for the upcoming SIU Orthopedic Residency Program open house. Residents will be available to answer any questions you might have and to talk about our great program. To participate please register with your medical school email.

September 22, 2021 at 6:15pm CST

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Virtual Conferences

We are constantly looking for new ways that we can get to know applicants and for the applicants to get to know us! Our program is currently conducting all educational lectures in a hybrid model, both in person and via Zoom. Please contact our Residency Coordinator to be added to the weekly email for the Zoom registration links. 

Monday – Grand Rounds 6:30-7:30am
Wednesday – Fracture Conference or Journal Club 5:00-6:00pm
Thursday – Arthroplasty Journal Club 6:00-7:30pm (1x/month)
Friday – Pediatric Conference 7:00-8:00am

Contact us:

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

To get to know more about our residents and program, please visit our exclusively resident ran Instagram page and Facebook page


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