Applying to SIU Plastic Surgery Program
SIU School of Medicine will not be taking any visiting medical students this year due to the novel coronavirus. We are constantly looking for new ways that we can get to know applicants and for the applicants to get to know us!
Instagram – SIUPlasticSurgery
Facebook – SIU Plastic Surgery Additionally, applicants can follow our program social media pages.
Instagram – SIUplasticsurgeryresidents - this is a resident-run page with the goal of showing prospective applicants what life is like as a resident.
Interviews will be held on January 27, 2021 and February 3, 2021. We are conducting all the interviews in a virtual format, honoring social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using "Zoom" to conduct all the interviews.
American Counsel of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) Website
If you haven’t done so already, familiarize yourself with the American Counsel of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) webpage which includes resources for medical students who are interested in Plastic Surgery. This website contains official information about the Plastic Surgery Application Process, what to look for in a residency, and updates regarding the application process. A link to the ACAPS website can be found here.
**Due to Coronavirus, Sub-Internships at SIU will not take place this year**
We recommend that those interested in applying to SIU’s Plastic Surgery Residency Program apply to participate in our 2-4 week Sub-Internship. Participating in a Sub-Internship demonstrates your interest in our program and gives you a chance to get to know and work with us. For students interested in participating in an away rotation, please visit the Visiting Student Rotation webpage on our site.
This year we are piloting a Plastic Surgery Common Application (PSCA). This free, plastic surgery-specific application form was developed to decrease costs for applicants and streamline the application process. The PSCA is now open, and all application materials will be transmitted to the program on October 21, 2020, along with ERAS. You may access the application at https://redcap.link/PlasticSurgeryCommonApplication_2020
All applicants must submit their residency applications through the ERAS program. This application includes a personal statement, medical school transcripts, a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation, Dean’s Letter, and copies of your USMLE scores.
The Southern Illinois University Plastic Surgery ERAS Program Code is: 3621621030.
Letters of Recommendation
These should be people who know you well. It is generally recommended that at least 3 of your letters of recommendation are from surgeons, particularly plastic surgeons. We comply with the standard letter of recommendation form used for NRMP plastic surgery match produced by ACAPS, which is found on the ACAPS website, and here).
SIU’s Plastic Surgery program requires a secondary application which applicants are invited to submit after the ERAS application and all letters of recommendation are received. The cohesion of the residents with each other as well as with the faculty and the community are what make this program incredibly unique. Please take the time to fill this out thoughtfully and completely. We would not ask this of you, during a very busy time, if we did not believe it to be critical.
SIU Plastic Surgery Residency Program will abide by the new ACAPS instructions regarding interview invites. All interview offers will be sent on December 4, 2020.
Applicants and programs may not be scheduled until the date listed by ACAPS. This will be listed at that time.
All foreign graduates should submit a copy of your ECFMG certificate. SIU School of Medicine accepts J-1 Visa’s only. In order for you to be considered for interview, all of the required information must be submitted by the designated deadline.
Institutional Residency Program Information
Click here to learn more about our institutional residency program information.
Who can I contact for more information?
Naya Jackson, Residency Program Administrator