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Applications to the General Surgery Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges. No universal or other applications are accepted.

Graduates of U. S. medical schools will need to contact their current Student Affairs Office to apply through the ERAS program

NRMP Tracks

Those applying for general surgery categorical training upon completion of the M.D. degree should apply under the National Residency Matching Program. 

Our general surgery residency program offers three separate specific tracks, through the NRMP number, which include the following:

1.  Traditional Track (NRMP# 1716440C0) - Candidates who match to this track complete five consecutive years of clinical general surgery training. 

2.  Research Track (NRMP#1716440C1) - Candidates who match to this seven-year research track complete two-years of research, which takes place typically after their PGY-2 year of clinical training.

3.  Global Surgery Track (NRMP#1716440C2) - Candidates who match to this seven-year global surgery track will incorporate two years of rotations that not only build an excellent general surgery foundation but also confer a rural and international medicine perspective, develop surgical skills in multiple specialties beyond general surgery, and allow time for extensive research and advocacy work on this topic.


The following documentation is required:

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter and transcript
  • USMLE Board scores
  • A completed ERAS application with a recent passport-size photograph

International Applicants

International graduates must meet the requirements established by the Graduate Medical Education Office at Baylor College of Medicine, as set by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and Immigration Services.

They will also need to contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for information regarding the paperwork process for students and graduates of foreign medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine requires international medical graduates to meet the terms for an Institutional Permit, as outlined by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and have the documents necessary for a J-1 Visa.

Application and Selection Process

To allow adequate time for review and processing, all applications and supporting materials must be received through ERAS by the Surgery Education Office. 

The selection of applicants is made on the basis of information contained in the application form, medical school transcript, medical school dean's letter, and letters of recommendation, which are received from the ERAS program. The selected applicants are invited to interview with faculty members and current residents.

After the interview process is complete, the General Surgery Education Committee members review and rank all of the applicants. Final ranking is determined with consultation from both the department chair and program director.


The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery will conduct three formal interview sessions in 2019:

Nov. 6, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

On the Tuesday evening prior to the interview session, a social hour will be held for applicants and our current residents. All applicants are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday morning begins with the weekly departmental grand rounds. Our departmental chair, Dr. Todd Rosengart, will provide a welcome. This is followed by a presentation by the program director, Dr. Bradford Scott, outlining our program in more detail along with Dr. Eric Silberfein, associate program director, and Dr. Scott LeMaire, vice chair for research. Each applicant will be interviewed by two faculty members and visit individually with our departmental chair, program director or associate program director.

Faculty members, chief residents, and applicants attend lunch and a guided tour of the DeBakey Museum following interviews. The interview day concludes with a brief tour of the campus. Applicants interested in a non-designated preliminary position will need to submit an application through ERAS and select our preliminary program. Those applicants will be contacted for a phone interview during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) during the week of match in March.

Baylor College of Medicine admits qualified physicians of any race, sex, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability or age to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, disability or age in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.