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Residency Program Application Procedure

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications and required documents will only be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program does not accept "outside" the match without prior approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program offers two tracks of training: (1) a five-year clinical track, and (2) a six-year research track. Each track has a separate match process and rank list. Applicants may apply to one or both tracks.

Application Dates

  • Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Interview invitations sent: November 23, 2021
  • Interviews dates: January 2022 (dates TBD)

Application Requirements

Applications for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program are accepted electronically through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Required documents. The following documents are required for all applications:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • CV Report (Generated by the Program from the CAF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript(s)
  • Dean's Letter (expected after November 1st)
  • Minimum Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from NBME indication USMLE scores (Parts 1 and 2 if available)

International Applications. In addition to the above, students and graduates of international medical schools must provide the following:

  • Verification of ECFMG certification (provided through ERAS)
  • Verification of United States residency status (permanent resident, naturalized citizen, etc.)
  • Copy of valid (unexpired) Medical Board of California Authorization Letter. Please go to the Medical Board of California website for more information.
Questions about the materials for the ERAS On-Line Application should be directed to your home institution's Student Affairs Office.

Salary & Benefits

Contact Information

For additional information about the residency program, contact us:

Phone: 619-543-7247

UC San Diego Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Attn: Residency Program
350 Dickinson Street, Suite 121, Mail Code 8894
San Diego, CA 92103-8894