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1. What is your application deadline?

October 1, 2019 for the 2020 General Surgery Match.

2. What are your criteria for submitting an application?

  • All ERAS* materials
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • USMLE Step I score (Step II required by December 19)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (see question #6 below)

    *We are registered with the National Rank Match Program (NRMP). All applicants must be registered in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the NRMP to apply to our program. For more information, please visit: [This link opens in a new window] and [This link opens in a new window].

3. How many categorical and preliminary spots do you offer?

The General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Cincinnati plans to match six categorical residents this year, and no preliminary positions.

4. What is your accreditation status?

Our program has continued full accreditation status

5. What are your minimum USMLE scores?

Our minimum USMLE Step I score requirement is 220; however, a score of 230 or above is desirable. Passage on the first attempt is required.

6. What are your requirements for letters of recommendation?

The Dean’s letter and three additional letters of recommendation, one from the Chairman of the Department of Surgery, are required.

7. What are your interview dates?

Tuesday, October 15 / Wednesday, October 16, 2019 
Tuesday, November 5 / Wednesday, November 6, 2019 
Tuesday, November 19 / Wednesday, November 20, 2019 
Tuesday, December 3 / Wednesday, December 4, 2019 
Tuesday, December 17 / Wednesday, December 18, 2019

8. Is the reception the night before the interview mandatory?

Yes. It is important that you have ample opportunity to learn about our program and the city of Cincinnati from our residents themselves. The interview process begins on Tuesday evening with an informal dinner reception held in downtown Cincinnati. Transportation will be provided for you. This is an important part of our interview process and is considered a mandatory part of your visit. Dress is casual.

9. Do you accept applications from international medical graduates?

All applications are considered on an individual basis. No previous U.S. experience is required. ECFMG certification is not required at the time of application, but is required prior to the Match.

Applicants who are not US citizens must have an active, valid visa that allows for clinical training or must provide evidence of permanent US immigrant status. The visa must be active during the entire period of the residency/fellowship. Graduates of foreign medical schools, both US citizens and foreign nationals, must have a current and valid ECFMG certification. All IMG’s must enter training with a J-1 clinical visa unless they are US citizens or hold a valid US Resident Alien card and must have a valid IAP-66 in order to remain in training. The UC College of Medicine/University of Cincinnati Medical Center only allows individuals to train under an H1-B visa under exceptional circumstances. Individuals wishing to train on an H1-B visa and accepted outside the Match, must receive explicit approval through the Office of Graduate Medical Education and the DIO through their residency training program director.

10. Is research mandatory?

Most residents spend 2 years in pursuit of academic differentiation in addition to the 5 clinical years of training. Exceptions are made in the face of military obligation or prior extensive research. A variety of options are available including basic science, clinical outcomes, innovation, and global health research. Although the majority of residents stay in Cincinnati during these 2 years of academic differentiation, some residents work at partner institutions, including the NIH, Northwestern University/Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of California-San Diego, and University of Duisburg-Essen. We encourage all residents to submit their original research to local, national and international conferences, and the Education Office subsidizes travel costs for all accepted abstracts. To learn more about resident publications, please click here.

11. Do your residents work with nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants?

Yes. Many of the University Hospital surgical services—surgical oncology, acute care surgery, trauma, transplant and thoracic surgery—have at least one mid-level provider (MLP). There are also several dedicated outpatient MLPs who help coordinate patient follow-up. The MLPs are vital to our surgical teams; they assist with admissions, consults, orders, notes, discharges, transfers and other daily floor tasks, enabling junior residents to more easily scrub cases in the operating room. In addition to MLPs, our surgical services consist of nutritionists, pharmacists and nurse clinicians, all of whom are invaluable to patient care.

12. Do you have any global surgery opportunities?

Yes. There is an elective in Malawi, Africa for third and fourth year clinical residents. For more information about this opportunity, please click here.