Department of Surgery

How to Apply

Application Process & Criteria

Civilian and Active Duty: Two Pathways for Application

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 General Surgery Residency Program has eight categorical positions per year. Three positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and five 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

The Department of Surgery will once again be using a holistic review of the applications in order to invite a diverse group of candidates to interview. In order to be considered for an interview and ranked for the NRMP match, the successful candidate must have the following:\

  • A passing score for the USMLE Step I. (We do accept COMLEX Level I passing scores as an alternative to the USMLE). 
  • A passing score for the USMLE Step II exam in the ERAS application. (Once again, COMLEX Level 2 can be used as an alternative).
  • Be citizens of the United States or have Permanent Residency (green card). We do not sponsor visas of any type

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

ERAS 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 from surgeons
  • USMLE Step I scores or COMLEX-USA Level 1 scores
  • USMLE Step 2 scores or COMLEX-USA Level 2 scores as available (it is our practice to not rank any applicant without Step 2/Level 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
  • 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

This year, we will be using the Supplemental Application as part of the ERAS application. We look to invite candidates who have demonstrated a passion for clinical care with unique experiences in volunteering or prior employment.

The above criteria are intended to serve as guidelines only.


Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine – General Surgery will release our invitations for our virtual interviews at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2023.  The applicant will have 48 hours to accept or decline our invitation to interview. After which time we will continue rolling invitations until our interview slots are filled.  We plan to interview 40 civilian applicants for 3 categorial residents and 1 preliminary intern.

This year our VIRTUAL interview dates will be held:

  • Wednesday, November 15
  • Friday, December 1
  • Wednesday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 20

If you need to cancel a confirmed interview, we appreciate as much notice as possible. Please give us the opportunity to fill the interview slot with another candidate. Seventy-two hours would be the absolute minimum for us to confirm another applicant into the interview slot.

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:
    Doug Thompson
    General Surgery Residency Coordinator
    Bldg 830, 4881 Sugar Maple Dr.
    Wright-Patterson AFB, 45433
    Office Numer:937-257-0987
  • Interviews are scheduled by invitation only. Notification is provided by e-mail as well as telephone. Interviews for military applicants occur virtually on Friday, September 8, 2023 and Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

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.


Last edited on 11/14/2023.