Note for 2022-2023 Residency Application Process: Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic. All interviews will be conducted virtually.
Our General Surgery Residency Program offers 3 prelim positions and 3 categorical positions in the first year, for a five-year training track. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be either a United States citizen or permanent resident. We currently do not sponsor any visas.
All applicants are required to apply using the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application process. Applications submitted via mail, email or fax will not be reviewed.
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please register with NRMP if you wish to be matched with our program. We will not accept any applicants outside the NRMP Match.
Information Needed to Apply
- ERAS Common Application Form (if applicable)
- Curriculum vitae
- Medical school transcripts
- Medical School Diploma
- Dean’s Letter of Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
- A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation
- Personal statement
- ECFMG Proof of Certification (International Medical Graduates Only)
- United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and/or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX) transcripts, as applicable
- If any required documents are in a language other than English, an English translation of the document must be provided
NRMP Program Information
General Surgery Program
|Program Name:||General Surgery Southwest Healthcare MEC|
|Training Track:||General Surgery|
General Surgery Program
|Program Name:||General Surgery UHS SoCal MEC|
Interviews and Appointments
Our program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and are reviewed from September through January. Interviews occur October through February. You will be notified if you have been granted an interview.
All granted interviews will be conducted virtually.
Eligible applicants will be considered on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their ability, aptitude, academic credentials and communication skills, and personal characteristics such as motivation, integrity and overall alignment with the mission of the program. Our program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.
We will begin reviewing applications in September. Interviews will be conducted virtually. You will be notified by email if you have been granted an interview.
International Medical School Graduates
Graduates of medical schools outside the United States must have the following:
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate before starting residency orientation
What to Expect on Interview Day
- All granted interviews will be conducted virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Welcome and program overview by the Program Director
- 2-4 interviews lasting 20-30 minutes each by the Program Director, other faculty, and residents.
- Time to meet and greet virtually with current residents will be arranged.
Travel and Directions
- From Ontario International Airport:Take the 15 South to Temecula Parkway (79 South) and head east, approximately two miles
- From San Diego International Airport:Take the 5 South to the 163 North to the 15 North, exit Temecula Parkway (79 South) and head east, approximately two miles
- Visitor parking is complementary around the facility
Applicants who accept an offer to begin residency training with our program must provide the following documentation prior to the start of the program:
- Official medical school transcript with degree issued and date of issuance
- Copy of medical school diploma
- Copy of social security card
- Copy of current driver’s license
- Copy of permanent resident card, if applicable
- Documentation of application for Postgraduate Training License as required by the Medical Board of California
- Copies of current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (American Heart Association Approved)
- If required documentation is in different names, then proof of name change (i.e. marriage certificate or court document) must be provided
- If any required documents are in a language other than English, then an English translation of the documents must be provided
In addition, applicants must successfully complete all Southwest Healthcare pre-employment requirements prior to the appointment date. Failure to provide any required documents or to successfully complete all Southwest Healthcare pre-employment requirements by the date of appointment will result in automatic withdrawal from the program.