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Application Process


Appointments for Mayo Clinic's General Surgery Residency are made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Applicants must be in good standing in their fourth year of medical school or must have successfully graduated from medical school prior to the match.

General admissions requirements

This residency is open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

  • Prospective residents and fellows must be qualified graduates of accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • Graduates from medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to qualify for admission. Information about certification and visa sponsorship, if required, is available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG).
  • Mayo supports ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship for residents and fellows enrolled in graduate medical education. Mayo will support an H-1B temporary work visa under the following circumstances:
    • When J-1 visa sponsorship is unavailable — that is, the program is not eligible for ECFMG certification.
    • When a foreign national is a graduate of U.S. medical school.
    • When a foreign national holds current H-1B status for graduate medical education at another school.
  • A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required prior to starting a Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education program.
  • Prospective residents and fellows must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.


There are two positions available each year in the Preliminary Surgery Residency Program on a competitive basis.

How to apply

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education does not directly accept or process applications for this residency. You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This can be done through your medical school dean's office.

The application form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by November 5 of the prior calendar year, approximately 8 months before the program begins. The academic year begins in July.

Please note that both components of the USMLE Step 2 must be passed by April 1 of the current academic year to ensure eligibility in this residency by July 1.

Step 1: To apply to the program, visit Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The application requires the following information:

  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX,
  • A dean's letter and at least three (3) other letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the
    United States)

Step 2: All appointments are made at the first-year level through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). To register, visit National Residency Match Program.

Applicants must register with both ERAS and NRMP to participate in the services of each.

Step 3: If you are considered for an appointment, you will be asked to visit Mayo Clinic Arizona for an interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted annually from mid-November through mid-January.

Appointment contract

Appointments are confirmed in a formal written letter of appointment from Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. This letter, a copy of which you will be asked to sign and return, constitutes your formal residency appointment to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

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