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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 US 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 2020

We will be virtually interviewing two days: December 5, 2020, and December 12, 2020

A typical interview day:

Our interviews are held on a Monday and Saturday in December (2 half-day sessions each). On the evening before your interview, you will be invited to an informal dinner at the home of one of the residents. This is a casual gathering of the applicants, current residents, and spouses/families, which we hope gives you an outlook on the program from a resident’s perspective. On the morning of your interview, you will attend an orientation by the program director highlighting the SIU Orthopaedic program. You will also individually meet with faculty members, chief residents and the program director, be given a tour of our facilities and again meet with some of our current residents. The day will conclude with a luncheon with residents and faculty. Your day will typically be completed by 1:00 or 4:00pm. ** Note that all interviews will take place virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.**

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Contact us:

Mara Sweet | 217.545.6155|
SIU School of Medicine | Division of Orthopedic Surgery | PO Box 19638 | Springfield, Illinois, 62794-9638

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