How to Apply — General Surgery Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Application Deadline

We will begin accepting applications through Electronic Resident Application Services (ERAS) only, beginning Sept. 1 and ending Nov. 30 for the upcoming match season. 


For the 2023 ERAS® cycle, our program will be collecting and reviewing data from applicants’ supplemental ERAS applications. Completion of the standard MyERAS application is a requirement; completion of the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

In its second year of use, the supplemental ERAS application is designed to help applicants share more information about themselves and assist our program in finding applicants that fit our program’s setting and mission. There is no cost to applicants and participation is optional.

The supplemental ERAS application provides:

  • Geographic preferences (by division and by urban or rural setting)
  • Information about an applicant’s most meaningful experiences and other impactful life events, if applicable
  • Program signals

The supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform that is separate from the MyERAS application and must be completed between Aug. 1 and Sept. 16, 2022.

Match Program Participation

Selection is made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using a standardized ERAS residency application with review of a personal statement, reference letters, a Dean's Letter, and, depending on the aforementioned qualifications, a personal interview with the residency program director and other members of the residency attending faculty and residents.

Application Requirements

We accept applications from all interested applicants. We accept J-1 and sponsor on a limited basis H-1B visas for international medical graduates. It is a requirement for all medical students to have successfully passed both the USMLE or COMLEX steps I and II prior to being selected for interview. We are unable to provide observerships.

You will not need to have ECFMG certification when applying but will need it to be certified prior to beginning of residency. We only interview candidates who have graduated from medical school within the last five years.

Other information:

  • All applicants must participate in personal interviews by Zoom to be eligible for final selection in the residency program.
  • The selection process considers the applicant's preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, medical knowledge, personal and communication skills and qualities such as motivation and integrity.
  • Resident programs do not discriminate regarding gender, race, age, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability or veteran status in accordance with the Department of Medical Education's Non-Discrimination Policy
  • An applicant invited to interview for a resident/fellow position must be informed, in writing or by electronic means, of the terms, conditions and benefits of appointment to the ACGME-accredited program, either in effect at the time of the interview or that will be in effect at the time of his or her eventual appointment.
  • Information that is provided must include: financial support, vacations, parental, sick and other leaves of absence, and professional liability, hospitalization, health, disability and other insurance accessible to residents/fellows and their eligible dependents.

Candidate Eligibility

U.S. and Canadian medical school graduates

In accordance with ACGME Essentials, residency applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to accredited residency programs at Mercy Health Youngstown:

  • United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), or the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools
  • International medical school that is accredited by an accreditation agency that has achieved World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) “Recognition Status”
  • International medical school that is approved by the Medical Board of California

International medical school graduates

We accept J-1 and sponsor H-1B visas on a limited basis for international medical graduates.

Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States and Canada must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a valid certificate from the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Hold a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME or AOA specialty/subspecialty program
  • Graduation from a medical school outside of the U.S. and completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school

Additionally, for international medical school graduates, we prefer, but do not require previous U.S. experience.