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General Surgery Residency

Application Process

Residents at Grand Rounds

Please see the following criteria for the University of Colorado General Surgery Residency Program.

Apply on ERAS = Electronic Residency Application System, through the medical school’s Dean’s office with the standard application items. Preferred set of recommendation letters includes 3 faculty LORs plus a Chair's letter.

ECFMG is used by foreign medical school students. Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. We have a few ECFMGs in our program.

Step I and Step II should both be taken. University of Colorado looks at the entire application when considering applicants, and looks for a score of 220 or higher on Step I.

Over 1500 people will apply for the University of Colorado Surgical Residency Program through ERAS prior to the match. Approximately 100 will be interviewed. Interviews are done on Mondays from early November through January.

Participation in two research educational years are listed on the NRMP as a 2-year component of the Program for all 11 categorical positions. This research/academic time to be taken after the PGY-2 or PGY-3 years has been expected of all categorical residents who enter the program June 2017 or later.

Applications are due November 1st. Invitations to interview begin in September and are for categorical track applicants only. The Program Director calls directly those preliminary applicants he wishes to contact.

Positions for PGY 2, 3, 4 are only available should there become an opening due to attrition. If available, those positions would be posted on the APDS website. Due to the workload of the program, inquires about positions without an APDS posting will not be answered.

The following PGY-1 positions are available: 11 Categorical, 18 Preliminary Surgery

Medical Students interested in doing a sub-internship at University of Colorado should apply electronically through VSAS and send to University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean's office. The school’s extern page is It lists CU’s requirements and has the link to VSAS.

For more information, please contact Sarah Smith, Residency Coordinator, at or 303-724-2680, or Claire Travis, Education Manager, at or 303-724-2685.  Our emails are changing to on 8/22/19. 

Mailing address for the program: 12631 E. 17th Ave., MS C302, Aurora, CO 80045. Applicants, please note that applications are ONLY accepted through ERAS and not through the mail. Thank you!