Trainee Eligibility and Selection
Eligibility criteria for the selection of trainees for enrollment in the Core Surgical Training and General Surgery Residency Programs.
To be eligible to enroll in the Core Surgical Training or General Surgery Residency Programs, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- A diplomat of a medical school in the United States or Canada which has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or;
- A graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduates of medical schools located outside of the United States or Canada must obtain certification from the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a letter of evaluation from the Medical Board of California indicating that they are eligible to participate in postgraduate training.
Near eligible to obtain medical licensure in the State of California by virtue of successful completion of the United States Medical Licensing Examination, Parts I and II, by the first day that postgraduate training is to begin.
- The selection of trainees for first-year training positions will be made via participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
- Applicants will submit, via written or electronic communication, the following information, which will form the basis for selection:
- Curriculum vitae
- Medical school transcript
- Letter of recommendation from the Dean, or his designee, of the applicant's medical school
- Letters of recommendation from a maximum of four (4) faculty members of the applicant's medical school. Two (2) letters must be from faculty members with clinical responsibilities and appointment to a department of surgery or a surgical subspecialty.
- Examination scores from the USMLE, Part I, and, if available, Part II at the time of application.
- Personal statement demonstrating appropriate written communication skills.
- A preliminary selection committee comprised of the Program Director and Associate Program Director for General Surgery Residency Training Program, Vice Chair of Surgical Education, Associate Director of Surgical Education, and administrative chief residents will select applicants who will be offered an opportunity for a personal interview.
- Applicants granted a personal interview will select from a number of scheduled dates allotted for conducting applicant interviews. In general, no interviews will be conducted outside of the scheduled dates unless unusual circumstances prevail.
- Each applicant will be separately interviewed by three (3) General Surgery faculty members. Each interview will be allotted twenty (20) minutes apiece.
- In the setting of the interview, faculty members will refrain from discussing an applicant's age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or marital status.
- Group discussion and rank ordering of applicants will be performed following the final date of interviews. The discussion group will consist of the General Surgery faculty members of the Program and the current PGY 3-5 residents.
2019-20 Categorical General Surgery Interview Dates:
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
2019-20 Preliminary General Surgery Interviews:
Phone interviews for preliminary position will be held in mid January 2020.
Are Institutions/Programs Required To Provide Information About The Appointment Contract And Conditions Of Employment?
Yes. The Match Participation Agreement for Applicants and Programs requires programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to interviewees, including a copy of the contract the applicant will be expected to sign if matched to the program and the institution’s policies on visa status and eligibility for appointment. The information must be communicated to interviewees prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. Recognizing that many appointment contracts are lengthy and that others may not contain all of the institution’s relevant policies, an acceptable alternative is to post the contract and policies on the institution’s website and notify interviewees where the information may be found. The signed acknowledgment should include a statement that the interviewee was notified that the information is posted on the institution’s website.