Application to General Surgery Residency Program


Written or telephone requests for information regarding our General Surgery Residency Program are accepted.

We are exclusively utilizing ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service for the upcoming application process. Please contact your medical school of graduation for ERAS® information. Paper applications will not be accepted.

A preliminary review of each applicant will be made upon receipt of a complete application and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dean’s letter is not required for initial review.

Applications should consist of all ERAS® materials and the following documents:

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from American Board of Surgery-certified surgeons who are familiar with your work
  • USMLE Step I scores (Step II required before residency program starts)
  • Personal statement

We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement (passage on the first attempt is required), but rather review your complete application considering all provided information. High scores and academic hones, however, do influence the Selection Committee.

If you are an international medical graduate, please contact your local Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) office for more information on ERAS®. Foreign medical graduates are required to have ECFMG certification before applying to our program. We sponsor only the J1 visa and we do not review applications of candidates who have been out of medical school more than 5 years.

Our application deadline is November 1, 2016. After the Selection Committee has reviewed your completed file, and if you are offered an interview, you will be contacted by e-mail to select a date for your interview. Please be sure to include your e-mail address as part of your application.

The interviews will be held on Friday. The evening before the applicants are invited to dinner with the general surgery residents.

The dates are:

November 4, 2016 December 2, 2016
November 11, 2016 December 9, 2016
November 18, 2016 December 16, 2016

Preliminary applicant interviews will be held on January 6, 2017.


Hotel reservations may be made at the Drury Inn at Union Station located at 201 South 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.


There is dinner with the residents on Thursday evening at Lombardo’s Trattoria (located in the Drury Inn) at 6:30PM.

On Friday morning, continental breakfast will be served beginning at 6:45A. At 7:15A, Dr. Catherine Wittgen, Program Director, welcomes the applicants and will present an overview of the training program and living in St. Louis.

The interview portion of the day follows when applicants will have several interviews with faculty and senior residents. At the conclusion of the interview sessions, applicants will tour the facilities which include the simulation lab, the hospitals and research facilities. Following the tour, there will be a luncheon for the applicants and residents. The interview day will conclude at approximately 1:30P.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Surgery Education Office at 314-577-8317 x3 to speak with Kris; or email us at