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The following are the minimum criteria for application to the University of North Dakota General Surgery Residency Program. Due to the large volume of questions and emails that are received during the application period it is difficult for our staff to answer these individually. Please make every attempt to answer any questions you may have from the following information. After reviewing this material, if there are questions please direct them to the Residency Program Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct questions about application criteria to the Program Director will not be answered.
The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity employer. Applications to the surgical residency program will be accepted without regard to race, gender, country of origin, religion, age or prior medical experience. Applications will be considered from international medical graduates, applicants currently in residency training and all other qualified applicants provided they meet the minimum application criteria as described below.
Applications will only be accepted electronically through ERAS from September 15 through October 31 each year. All applicants should have completed both steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE or COMLEX with a minimum score of 220 on the first attempt prior to the application deadline (October 31). In addition, the following are required to be present by the application deadline for each application to be considered complete:
- Medical school transcript
- MSPE letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of medical school diploma (if graduated)
- Date of graduation--no requirement but prefer within the past 5 years and must be accompanied by documentation of all activities since date of medical school graduation
- Three letters of recommendation
- Copies of USMLE/COMLEX scores
- Personal statement
International medical graduates (IMGs) should forward a copy of their ECFMG certificate, copy of their visa or green card and verification of a minimum of 3 months clinical experience in a US medical facility in addition to the above criteria. All IMG applicants are expected to be proficient and conversant in English. Our program accepts only ECFMG sponsored J1 visas.
Applicants currently in residency training should include a letter from their current program director and an explanation of why they are seeking an alternative residency training program.
All applications are received and processed as per the timeline below. Applications are initially evaluated and graded based on several criteria including medical school performance, USMLE/COMLEX scores, recommendation letters, MSPE letters, and personal statement. Appropriate applicants are then invited for interviews (see timeline and interview sections below).
2017-'18 Time Line
January 2 – February 15, 2017: Interviewed applicants ranked and match list prepared and submitted to NRMP--can begin entering ROL on January 15, 2017
February 24, 2017: Deadline for registration and ROL certification
March 13, 2017: Applicant matched and unmatched information posted to the NRMP Web site at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. Filled and unfilled results for individual programs posted to the NRMP Web site at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. Locations of all unfilled positions are released at 12:00 noon eastern time only to participants eligible for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).
March 14, 2017: Programs with unfilled positions may start entering their Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) preference lists at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
March 15, 2017: Programs with unfilled positions must finalize their first-round Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) preference lists by 11:55 am eastern time. Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) offer rounds begin at 12:00 noon Eastern Time.
March 16, 2017: Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) offers conclude at 11:00 am Eastern Time.
March 17, 2017: MATCH DAY! Match results for applicants are posted to NRMP Web site at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.
March 20, 2017: Hospitals begin sending letters of appointment to matched applicants after this date.
Invitations for interviews are based on thorough review of all applications by the Residency Selection Committee. Appropriate applicants are identified by a scoring system that incorporates all aspects of each applicant’s criteria including medical school performance (class rank, honors grades in courses, surgery rotation grade and other honors), NBME/COMLEX scores, recommendations, MSPE letter, personal statement and pertinent extracurricular activities. Appropriate candidates are then invited for an interview by email notification as per the timeline above.
The interview process for the 2017 – 2018 entering class will be scheduled as follows. Each interview group (total of 20 applicants per interview date) will begin with a dinner Sunday evening with the surgical residents. Interviews will resume at 7AM Monday with all applicants attending a Trauma/Critical Care Conference followed by a meeting with the Program Director to review the principle components and administrative issues of the program. Each applicant will then have one-on-one interviews with three to four faculty members and Chief residents. While some are interviewing the others will tour Sanford/VA Hospitals and Fargo. Transportation from hotel to interviews and tours will be provided.
The Program Coordinator and Associate Program Coordinator will meet with all applicants at the conclusion of the interview process to answer any additional questions they may have should they desire.
Applicants accepting interviews and who will be flying/driving should plan on arriving Sunday prior to that evenings scheduled meal. Travel plans to leave can be made after 3:30 PM on Monday. If flying you will need to fly in and out of Fargo. Whether you are flying or driving, final travel information must be provided to us three (3) weeks prior to your scheduled interview date. If travel arrangements are not received, you will forfeit your interview spot and it will be offered to another applicant. The UND Surgical Residency Program will cover lodging on Sunday evening, dinner Sunday evening and breakfast and lunch on Monday. The program is not able to cover any additional expenses. All sessions of the interview process are considered to be important in assessing and evaluating applicants as well as giving each applicant the appropriate exposure to the UND Surgical Residency Program. Therefore, applicants that cannot attend all portions of the interview process will not be considered for NRMP ranking.
After all interviews are conducted, appropriate candidates completing the interview process are ranked by the Residency Selection Committee. This rank list is then submitted to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) per the NRMP timeline (see timeline section above). The UND Surgical Residency Program complies fully with all guidelines of the NRMP for both categorical and preliminary positions. No positions will be offered before or outside of the Match. A criminal history check will be conducted on the finalist prior to beginning employment.