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Applying to the Surgery Residency

Application Process

The Department of Surgery has six categorical positions and four preliminary positions available for the first year of training in general surgery at Baystate Medical Center. Interviews are offered to the top students based on evaluations of application materials, research experience, extracurricular activities, personal qualities, preparedness, communication skills, and educational accomplishments.

Before any action may be taken on your application, all of the following materials must be submitted via ERAS no later than the third Friday in November of the application year (applications received after this date will NOT be considered). We will not review applications from candidates who have been out of medical school for more than two years. We require at least six months of U.S. clinical experience.

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • CV
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • Three(3) Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Step I, II (USMLE scores must be provided with the application in order to be accepted)
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States or Canada)
  • Photo (optional)
  • All residency applicants must fulfill Baystate's Resident & Fellow Appointment Requirements

International applicants must have:

  • A J-1 Visa or have a U.S. citizen Permanent Resident status. No other Visas will be accepted. (H1B are not acceptable.)
  • Graduated from medical school within the last two years
  • A current certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Successfully completed the Clinical Skills requirement
  • Worked in clinical medicine in the United States within the last two years

NOTE: An observership or externship does not fulfill this requirement

ERAS is an online service of the Association of American Medical Colleges that transmits residency applications, recommendation letters, Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting credentials to residency program directors. For ERAS application information, visit the ERAS website.

  • The deadline for the receipt of the complete ERAS application for the residency program is the third Friday in November.
  • Any application received through the mail or fax will NOT be considered.
  • Completed applications are reviewed and qualified applicants are identified based on academic performance, passing USMLE/COMLEX I & II scores (It is required that between the PGY1-2 level residents pass Step 3 before being promoted to the PGY3 level of training), letters of recommendation and clinical experience.
  • An invitation to interview is extended to qualified applicants. Due to the limited number of interview slots available and the large number of applications received, not all of those individuals who are qualified can be offered an interview.
  • Applicants currently in post-graduate training must supply a letter of reference from their current Program Director.
  • We only sponsor J-1 Visa.


Interviews will be scheduled by invitation only, following faculty review of all applications and supporting letters. If you are offered an interview, you will be asked to visit Baystate Medical Center for an interview with the program director and selected faculty during the months of November, December, or January on Tuesdays. The interview day begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until approximately 3:00 p.m. The applicant will have the opportunity to tour the facility and speak to several general surgery residents and faculty.