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Prospective Residents

Interested in applying to the General Surgery residency program at the KU School of Medicine? Learn about the application process here.

Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in our general surgery residency program! There are a number of reasons to come train with us! We have all been lucky enough to see the program continue to grow and mature through the years into a premier residency. We get a very diverse experience and have trained at the main campus - a quaternary referral center, community and rural hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and even internationally in Malawi. These rotations give us an early balanced operative experience among general surgery and the subspecialties. As the years advance, more autonomy is worked into the rotations, allowing for greater responsibility and the eventual role as chief resident. We see the region's most complex and highest acuity patients and are hands down the largest and busiest center between Denver and St. Louis. Everyone here is proud to serve Kansas City, the state of Kansas and Missouri, and the entire region. We have all done research during our time here, either within the 5 years or taking dedicated time for it, and there is always the opportunity to publish. Those graduates senior to us have obtained positions in private practice, academia, or gone on to their fellowship training of choice. This year's class will be no less accomplished or diverse in their post-residency pursuits by serving in the Navy or pursuing fellowships in vascular, trauma critical care, and pediatric surgery.

Finally, this academic year, three resident families are expecting, with many of our residents already having young families that are strongly supported by our faculty! Two residents are getting married this year as well! This is a program accustomed to accommodating the residents' family life. Kansas City is an affordable, safe, beautiful, and easy place to live and a great choice for someone with a young family. Thanks again for your interest and time. We invite everyone to get in touch with us with any questions and hope you will have the opportunity to interview at our program.

group photo of surgery chief residents

Chief Residents
Left to right: Charlene Dekonenko, M.D., Joseph Brungardt, M.D., Justin Beck, M.D., Craig Follette, D.O. and Mrinalini Patil, M.D.


Candidate Eligibility:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training, or International Medical Graduates with either a J1 visa, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or permanent resident documentation (Green Card).

Please see the KU Medical Center Graduate Medical Education website for complete information as we will not interview candidates who do not meet these requirements.

Residency candidates are invited to interview with our residency program based on these criteria:

  • Performance in medical school, as shown on their official transcript and dean's letter
  • Performance in the basic and clinical science years, as evidenced by the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Performance on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 or COMPLEX 1 and 2 examinations. (Our average Step 1 is 232 and average Step 2 is 246)
  • Three letters of reference, preferably from surgeons
  • The personal statement in their ERAS application

International Medical Graduates applying for a General Surgery residency at the KU School of Medicine are selected on the basis of the same criteria as above. In addition, they must have the following:

  • ECFMG certification at the time of application to the residency program
  • Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) or Green Card or J1 visa at the time of application. For holders of H1 visas, these must be converted to J1 by the start of training. We can't sponsor H1 visas.
  • Foreign graduate's medical school must be included in the "approved" schools on the KSBHA's website and not appear on the KSBHA's list of "disapproved" schools.

The General Surgery Residency Selection Committee, consisting of the chair, residency program director, the associate directors, faculty members and residents meet jointly to review all candidates and to determine our rank order list. In addition to the criteria above, we consider personal and professional traits, based on interviews with the program director and several other faculty and residents in the Department of Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

The Department of Surgery fully supports the All In policy of the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and will not make or consider any offers outside of the Match and the post match SOAP program.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Surgery
Mail Stop 2005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3117