General Surgery Residency Program

Randy Woods, M.D., FACS, Director

Application Process & Criteria

Civilian and Active Duty: Two pathways for application

The application process is long and tedious. The information on this page is an attempt to answer important questions for you as you consider our program. We hope that this page will make it easier for you. If questions arise, please contact us at the links below.

The Wright State University Integrated Surgical Residency Program has eight categorical positions per year. Four positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and four positions are filled through the Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board (JSGMESB). We have preliminary positions as well that are available through the NRMP and the JSGMESB. You can access additional information about our residency program via the American Medical Association's FREIDA Online.

Program codes:

ACGME #: 4403821266
NRMP # — categorical: 2011440C0
NRMP # — preliminary: 2011440P0

Application Process and Requirements — Civilian applications

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Our program has no established deadline for application, rather we offer interviews on a rolling basis. We expect to begin offering interview opportunities starting in late September.  Over the past few years interviews have filled before December

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Citizen of the United States or Permanent Residency (green card)
  • We do not sponsor visas of any type
ERA application requirements:

A completed ERAS application consists of the following:

  • Personal Statement
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (submitted by your medical school in October)
  • Medical School Transcript with current surgery grades
  • No less than three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step I scores
  • USMLE Step 2 scores as available (it is our practice to not rank any applicant without Step 2 scores available by February)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Graduates of medical schools outside the United State and Canada:
  • Must have a current valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores
  • No more than two years post-graduation from medical school
First consideration for categorical positions will be given to applicants with:
  • Medical degrees from a U.S. medical school
  • Minimum Step I scores of 225
  • Grades of A or Honors in MS-III surgery core clerkship
  • Class rankings in the upper quartile
  • Excellent surgeon-authored letters of recommendation
  • No more than two years post-graduation from medical school
  • Research experience in medical school

The above criteria are intended to serve as guidelines only.

Interview dates for class entering in July 2015:
  • Nov. 13, 2014
  • Nov.20, 2014
  • Dec. 4, 2014
  • Dec. 18, 2014
  • Jan. 8, 2015

We host a pre-interview event the evening prior to the interview day.

Invitations are extended to those applicants with credentials suggesting a strong candidacy for general surgery.

The interview process is generally a day in duration and begins with a department-sponsored dinner the evening prior for applicants and their significant others as well as a number of our current residents and their significant others. The day of interviews begins with an overview of the Integrated General Surgery Residency Program followed by individual interviews with our department chair, program director, faculty members and a chief resident. A tour of our main site at Miami Valley Hospital is also on the interview schedule. In addition to individual sessions with program leadership, applicants will have opportunities throughout their visit to meet with a variety of current residents and faculty. The day concludes with lunch and a round table discussion.

Application Process and Requirements — Military Applicants

Military applicants should apply through the JSGMESB process.

  • Download application instructions from the appropriate service
  • Mail a copy of your application and CV to:
    Michelle Fullard
    88 MDOS/SSO
    4881 Sugar maple Drive
    WPAFB OH 45433-5529
    E-mail: michelle.fullard@us.af.mil
    (Kara Schultz, M.D., is the military associate program director)
  • Interviews are scheduled by invitation only. Notification is provided by e-mail, as well as telephone. Interviews for military applicants occur during the months of July into October.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our program does accept IMG/FMGs, however because of our integration with the USAF, all residents must be either citizens of the United States or permanent residents and ECFMG-certified at the time of application.
  • While research and clinical experience are considered in the application process, there is no requirement to have completed either for acceptance.
  • We do accept COMLEX scores. While it is easier to compare candidates with USMLE scores, we do not require USMLE scores from osteopathic medical students/graduates.