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Application Process


Three ACGME categorical positions are available each year in the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


To be eligible for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency in Rochester, Minnesota, you must have successfully completed a general surgery residency at an accredited institution.

Note: International applicants who have completed a general surgery residency in a program that is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are eligible to apply for the one-year nonaccredited International Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship.

Also see general admissions requirements for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

How to apply

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

  1. Visit the ERAS website. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include the following application materials:
    • Photograph of yourself
    • Official medical school transcripts
    • A valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate (some Canadian medical schools)
    • Medical school performance evaluation (MSPE) — "dean's letter"
    • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, ABSITE, LMCC, COMLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX or NBME)
      • USMLE steps 1, 2 CK, 2 CS and 3
    • A program director's letter of recommendation
    • At least two other letters of recommendation from surgeons who have worked with you clinically, in addition to the program director's letter
    • A curriculum vitae
    • A personal statement
  2. Appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are scheduled on a case-by-case basis each year.