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The general surgery residency program is a five-year clinical program. Six categorical PGY-1 residents and two non-designated preliminary PGY-1 residents are matched through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) annually.

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate and be eligible to obtain a North Carolina medical license at the time of application.

General surgery residency applicants must have passed both Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) to be eligible for entry into our program.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their full application early as interview dates fill up quickly. Applications are considered complete when the following documents have been received by the program.

  • Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
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  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Transcripts (Step 1 AND Step 2 are required prior to extending an interview offer)
  • ECFMG Status Report (foreign medical graduates only)

Your completed electronic application must be available to us no later than October 23, 2019 for the 2020 - 2021 training year.

Selection of Applicants for Interview

Selection for interview is based on an evaluation of educational achievement, communication skills, research experience, extracurricular activities, and intangible qualities such as leadership, professionalism, attitude and commitment to a career in surgery. Each year we receive over 1,500 applications and interview between 80 and 90 candidates. Invitations are sent through ERAS and interviews take place in November and December as detailed below.

Interview Dates

  • October 25, 2019
  • November 1, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 10, 2020

Interview Dinner (Location to be determined)

7 - 9:30 p.m.                      Dinner with residents only. Spouses/Significant others are always welcome

Interview Day

6:45 a.m.  Meet out 
7 - 8 a.m. Grand Rounds
8 - 9 a.m. Introduction to the program with program director and chairman
9 - 11:30 a.m. Interviews
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Tour of the hospital
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with resident and attendings

How to Apply

Visit our GME page for information on salary and benefits.

Applications for the next academic year are accepted when the ERAS post office opens September 15.

The general surgery application deadline is October 23, 2019. 

Read a message from the program director.

To learn more, contact us:

Jessica Roof 

Shelly Williamson
Residency Coordinator, General Surgery
Phone: 704-355-3641
Email: Shelly Williamson