1. Thank you for your interest in the general surgical residency program at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health.

The following information addresses the most frequently asked questions regarding requirements for all applicants:

All applications are processed electronically through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service); we do not accept paper applications or applications submitted by email. For further information, you may contact ERAS directly at: The Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N Street NW, Washington DC 20037 (Phone: 1-202-828-0413).

2. All candidates are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP); we do not offer “pre-match” positions. ECFMG certification (including USMLE 1, 2-CK and 2-CS examinations, English proficiency, etc.) is necessary to participate in the NRMP; graduates of medical schools outside of the United States should check with the NRMP to be sure they meet the requirements for participation. USMLE 3 is not necessary for ECFMG certification or to participate in the NRMP.

3. Candidates being considered will be invited to come for an interview between November and December. Invitations are sent to qualified applicants after receiving completed applications. The deadline for applications is December 1 of each year.

4. Final decisions regarding the suitability of the candidate for a position, as well as the ranking in the NRMP, are made by a committee composed of those attending physicians and current residents who have participated in the interview process. The following is a list of requirements for all applicants:

Dean’s letter
Two (2) letters of recommendation
USMLE score (prefer 215 or higher on first attempt)
U.S. clinical experience (= to 75%)
International medical graduates must be ECFMG certified.
5. Graduation from medical school needs to have been within the last two years of the date of application.

6. The Jewish Hospital’s General Surgery Residency Program does not sponsor any type of VISAs. The Jewish Hospital—Mercy Health is a non-profit, university-affiliated institution.

Please note that this information is provided as a guideline for you to determine how much your background matches what we are looking for in a resident, as well as how likely our program is to meet your needs. We are unable to tell you how likely it is that you will be invited for an interview or your chances of being selected for NRMP ranking, since this is dependent on reviewing your ERAS application and comparing you with our other applicants. Applicants are selected based on their preparedness, ability, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation and integrity. Residency programs at The Jewish Hospital do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or past military status.