Application Process - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit my application?
Individuals interested in applying to the general surgery residency program of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University must submit their application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. We do not accept any paper applications.
What denotes a complete application?
A complete application includes the following:
- ERAS Application
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- USMLE Transcript
- Medical School Transcript
- Medical School Performance Evaluation (Dean's letter)
- ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
When is your application deadline?
The deadline for application is October 15, 2016. Applications received after that date will not be reviewed.
Do you have a minimum requirement for USMLE score?
Our application review committee considers the entire application. Therefore, we do not have any minimum score requirements.
Will I be offered an interview?
Personal interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program. Applicants who we wish to invite to interview will be notified via ERAS email.
On which dates will you be conducting interviews this year?
We will have three interview dates this year:
Friday, November 18, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017
Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Surgery strives to create and maintain training programs that mirror the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine. As such, we embrace diversity as part of our commitment to excellence in our mission areas of patient care, research and education. The Department of Surgery strongly encourages applications from candidates from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine.
Learn more about our diversity efforts at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.
Information for International Medical Graduates
Does your program require previous U.S. clinical experience?
No previous U.S. clinical experience is required to apply to our program.
Does your program have a medical school graduation cut-off date?
We do not have a minimum/maximum number of years from medical school graduation date requirement.
What are the visa options for the program?
The preferred visa for training at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University is the J-1 visa sponsored through the ECFMG for residency/fellowship training.
Applicants should be ECFMG-certified by the application deadline (October 15th).
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