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Residency Training

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery offers residency training in the divisions of general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery and vascular surgery as part of a mission to train the next generation of surgical leaders. The department is committed to attracting the brightest and best surgical residency applicants to become part of this collaborative and high-achieving team.

Application Requirements for Surgery Residency

General admission requirements and the application process for residency at IU School of Medicine are available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education. Specific categorical and preliminary surgery match requirements for medical student graduates in the United States:

  • Applications are accepted only through ERAS. Deadline for submission is December 1.
  • Applicant must have minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 230.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be submitted; one must be from Surgery Chairman or medical school Surgery Program Director.
  • Transcript and Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) must be submitted from home institution.
  • U.S. graduates with visas must be eligible for a J-1 training visa. IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery does not sponsor H1-B Visas for training.
  • Applicant must have graduated from medical school within the past two years.

Additional Requirements for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs):

  • Applications are accepted only through ERAS. Deadline for submission is December 1.
  • Applicant must have valid certification from the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Applicant must have completed both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 with a minimum score of 230 on both exams.
  • Applicant must be eligible for a J-1 training visa. IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery does not sponsor H1-B Visas for training.
  • Applicant must have graduated from medical school within three years of desired residency start date.

Residency Programs

The General Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine is a competitive five-year program that exposes residents to all facets of surgery, including trauma, vascular, pediatric, transplant and reconstructive surgery. Through this program, residents receive a solid broad-based clinical education and the opportunity to excel both in the operating room and at the bedside.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at IU School of Medicine offers an integrated six-year residency program with two additional years of dedicated research time after PGY 2 training. At the completion of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, residents demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of clinical cardiothoracic surgery, possess a knowledge base and adeptness in clinical research, and stand out amongst their peers for desirable professional opportunities.

The Department of Surgery offers an accredited three-year independent Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as a six-year integrated Plastic Surgery Residency. Through this program, residents gain the clinical expertise and surgical skillset needed to perform complex procedures while mastering preoperative and postoperative care alongside ancillary health care personnel.

The Vascular Surgery Residency Program provides exceptional surgical training to residents interested in the treatment of thoracic, abdominal and soft=tissue diseases over the span of five clinical years with two additional years of dedicated research time after the PGY 2 year of training. Rotations through this program are structured to allow residents to provide continuity of care along with gaining an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of vascular surgery.