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How to Apply to the Residency


UMass General Surgery Residency Interview Season

During this unprecedented interview season, our top priorities are your personal safety and providing a fair and equitable opportunity for all applicants.

To achieve this:

  • All interviews will be virtual.
  • We will not be sponsoring any on-site visits or in-person events.
  • We will only offer invitations for the number of slots we have available.
  • Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to interview requests. If additional interview slots become available after the initial invitation cycle, additional interview offers will have a 48-hour response time.
  • We request a 2-week cancellation notice if you are not able to attend your interview.
  • All interviewers and reviewers will take part in implicit bias training.
  • All applications will undergo a “holistic review,” in which the applicants’ varied life experiences, accomplishments, and attributes will be taken into thoughtful consideration.
  • While we welcome communication after the interview, post-interview communication from applicants is not required and will not impact the rank list.

Institutional requirements related to applicant eligibility may be found at:

Required documents include:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • USMLE Transcript (first-time pass is required)
  • Medical School transcript
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Citizenship/Visa Status
  • 3 letters of recommendation

All required documents must be submitted through ERAS and will not be accepted outside of ERAS. All applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only (ERAS).

Categorical interviews will be:

  • December 2, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • December 17, 2021
  • January 6, 2022
  • January 12, 2022

    Separate preliminary PGY-1 and PGY-2 interviews will be offered.

Supplemental ERAS Application

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will strongly encourage all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants also will be required to complete the MyERAS application.  

The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission.  

This supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform outside the MyERAS application and must be completed between September 1 and September 30.  

Please bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs, and resources.

The institution accepts a standardized personal statement but suggests that applicants consider discussing attributes that will help foster the applicant's competence and resilience.

To ensure safety and equity of applicants, all interviews will be conducted virtually. We will adhere to recommendations made by APDS regarding the interview season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Surgical Education Office at