How to Apply, Interview Dates, Our Tracks & Application Deadline

Our program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  If interested in applying, please coordinate with the Dean’s office at your medical school to submit your application materials via ERAS.


2014 General Surgery Interview Dates:

  1. November 10-11 (Mon-Tues), cocktail reception evening of Nov. 10
  2. November 20-21 (Thurs-Friday), cocktail reception evening of Nov. 20
  3. December 3-4 (Wednesday-Thurs), cocktail reception evening of Dec. 3
  4. PGY 1 Prelim interviews are scheduled as phone interviews; interviews take place in December.

For additional information, see Resources for Applicants Interviewing Page.

Application Requirements:

A complete Common Application Form (CAF) on ERAS which includes the following:

  • Dean’s Letter aka MSPE
  • Medical student transcript with current surgery grades.
  •  At least 3 letters of recommendation (we are flexible with LoRs and understand that not all 3 letters will be in by our deadline)
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE Step 1 scores (Our program has not established score minimums for USMLE part 1 results and do not require step 2 results)
  • Color photo

Stanford General Surgery Tracks:

Stanford General Surgery offers two categorical resident tracks and one preliminary track.  Applicants can apply to one or both tracks.  

Stanford General Surgery Standard (5+2) Track (NRMP code 1820440C0)- This is our standard general surgery track for which there are five spots.

Residents in the 5+2 track receive 5 clinical years of complex surgical training culminating in the Chief year. Over the five years there is a progressive advancement of complexity and responsibility taken on by the residents.  They are capable being independent surgeons at the end of this time period.  

In addition these residents take two years of Professional Development time after their second year.  The goal of these two years is to develop an expertise in a field of surgery that will distinguish each resident from others when they graduate.  In the past residents have used this time period to join basic science laboratories, obtain other advanced degrees, complete a Surgical Education Fellowship,etc.  

Stanford Accelerated Surgeon Scientist (SASS) Track (NRMP code 1820440C1)-We have reserved one spot for the SASS track which is comprised of the same 5 clinical years of surgical training as the standard track and no Professional Development time.  Applicants interested in this position must specifically rank the SASS track on their match list for the NRMP and make it clear to our program that they would like to be considered for this position by contacting our residency coordinator, Anita Hagan or by selecting the SASS track in ERAS.

We are seeking applicants who have made significant contributions to a scientific field and are interested in applying for government grants immediately after completing their clinical training.  SASS track residents will be assigned both clinical and research mentors to help guide their careers.   Candidates that are competitive for this position would include those that have previously earned a PhD and successfully published their work .

Stanford Preliminary General Surgery Track (NRMP code 1820440P0)- We set aside five intern positions for applicants who want one year of general surgery training before going on to their primary residency such as anesthesia or radiology.  We make every effort to ensure that the rotation schedules for preliminary surgery interns are similar to the categorical schedules.  We can account for most specialty specific rotation requests.

Stanford Preliminary PGY2 General Surgery Track (NRMP code 1820440P3)- we offer two PGY2 prelim positions. You need one year of general surgery clinical training in an ACGME accredited program in order to apply. 

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada :

  • We only sponsor J1 Visas
  • Must have a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) confirming completion of pre-residency requirements by the October 1 deadline.
  • No more than 2 years out of medical school
  • At least 1 year of US clinical experience required
  • We cannot offer an interview unless you meet all of our qualifications

Foreign graduates of medical schools within the United States and Canada : H1B Visas are sponsored if the Program is willing to sponsor. 

To obtain information about benefits, international medical school graduate qualifications, and house-staff policies, visit our GME website.

If you would like additional information about our program, please feel free to contact our Residency Manager, Anita Hagan at (650) 725-2181 or send an email to

Thank you for your interest.

Anita Hagan,
General Surgery Training Program Manager