Thank you for your interest in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Residency Program. Every year, we participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You will need to contact your medical school Dean’s Office to access the ERAS web based application through the NRMP website. You will need three letters of recommendation, including one from a professor of surgery (preferably an Orthopaedic surgeon), one from a non-surgical specialty, and one of your choice. It is your responsibility to make sure all your reference letters are submitted through ERAS.
Include a personal statement as part of your ERAS application. Our interview committee is interested in why you have chosen a career in orthopaedics and what makes you stand out as an individual.
Interviews will be only by invitation sent by e-mail the second week of November. Interviews will be held in December. Six PGY-1 positions are offered through the NRMP for the five-year orthopaedic educational program. One PGY-1 position is offered through the NRMP for a six-year orthopaedic education program, which includes one year of research at the end of PGY-3 year. All documents including the Dean’s letter must be submitted through ERAS by November 1.
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW UCSF GME POLICY CHANGE: A passing score on USMLE Step II (CS and CK) is required for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program June 2010 and later. Students must have their Step II scores before they rank. To meet this requirement, programs must rank only candidates who have passed USMLE Step II (CS and CK).
If you have any questions regarding the application process or if you are interested in doing an orthopaedic elective at UCSF/SFGH, please email our Resident Coordinator at OrthoResidency@orthosurg.ucsf.edu.
Thomas Parker Vail, M.D
Professor and Chairman