Information for Residency Applicants

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Information for Residency Applicants

Welcome to UVA!

The Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia is nationally recognized as a top tier academic training program, attracting the nation's premier surgical candidates.  This Department has a long and accomplished history in training future leaders of academic surgery. Graduates of our program are consistently accepted into excellent fellowship programs of their choice.  Dedication to excellence in surgery and surgical resident education defines our vision for the future.

Lindberg, Hennessy

Our program's foundation is deeply rooted in its' faculty and their commitment to resident training.  We have had only five Chairman of the Department of Surgery in our program's history, including two previous Presidents of the American College of Surgeons.  Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields, many of whom also operate NIH funded research labs and serve on the editorial boards of leading surgical journals.  Dedicated to superior resident mentorship, our faculty provides a supportive and stimulating environment from which our residents thrive.

Here at UVA, we are dedicated to continuing our commitment to excellence in clinical surgery, teaching, and surgical research. We hope that you will consider applying to our program and joining us in this mission.


Positions and Codes

Our General Surgery Residency Program offers three training opportunities:

  • Categorical General Surgery (NRMP Code 1737440C0):  5 year training position in General Surgery, leading to board eligibility by the American Board of Surgery.  In addition to clinical training, categorical residents in this program traditionally perform two years of dedicated research in either basic and/or clinical sciences.  Dedicated research is usually conducted between the PGY2 and PGY3 clinical years.
  • Designated Preliminary Surgery (NRMP Code 1737440P0):  1 year General Surgery training position intended for individuals who have matched into a separate surgical or non-surgical residency who require or desire a surgical internship.  Applicants accepted into UVA's ENT, Urology and Neurosurgery programs are automatically granted a designated preliminary general surgery position.  A personal interview is not required for this position; however, all applicants must speak to the General Surgery Program Director, Bruce Schirmer, M.D. (434-924-9307) regarding their status.
  • Non-Designated Preliminary Surgery (NRMP Code 1737440P1):  1-2 year General Surgery training position intended for individuals not enrolled in a categorical or designated preliminary surgery position.  A limited number of these positions are available and are offered as one-year employment contracts.  Although our residency office will assist with placement following the intern year, it is ultimately the responsibility of each non-designated preliminary surgery resident to make arrangements for continued residency training  and education.



Applications to our program are accepted through the ERAS system.  In addition to a completed application, please include a minimum of two letters of recommendation, USMLE and medical school transcripts, personal statement and a Dean's letter.  All completed applications and supporting documents must be received no later than November 1, 2015.



Riccio, Rosenberger

Personal interviews will be conducted on select Wednesdays in December and January.  All candidates selected for interviews will be invited to a social reception with current UVA residents on the Tuesday evening prior their scheduled interview.

Please contact Residency Coordinator, Kristen Dudley,  in the General Surgery Residency Office: (434)924-9307.


Housestaff Information

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