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How to Apply

Let's get started! Learn about how to apply to the General Surgery residency program at the KU School of Medicine.

Application information for U.S. Medical School Graduates

  • Applications only accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Pass USMLE (1st attempt only. Our average Step 1 is 232 and average Step 2 is 246)
  • For D.O. students: We do accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores, but USMLE is preferred.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty, submitted directly through ERAS
  • Personal statement and CV submitted with ERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Official dean's letter or MSPE

Application information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

  • Applications only accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • USMLE scores above 232 for Step 1 and above 246 for Step 2 (first attempt only)
  • Three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty
  • U.S. citizenship, or permanent U.S. resident, or only J1 Visas are sponsored
  • Graduation from medical school within the past two years
  • Must have ECFMG certificate by match day
  • Personal statement and CV submitted with ERAS application


The deadline for applications is October 21, 2020. Applications submitted after this date may not be reviewed.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20th
  • Friday, Nov. 5th
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16th
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1st
  • Saturday, Dec. 11th


Interviews are held annually in the months of October, November and December. The interview days for 2021-2022 are:

Kansas City is located in the center of the country and is readily accessible from Kansas City International Airport, Interstates I-70, I-35, I-29, I-49, and Amtrak.

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