Apply for Residency

The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in ERAS and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Each year, UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery matches seven first-year residents (PGY-1s) to the 5-year program, and one to a six-year program with one year of dedicated research. The department does not accept foreign medical graduates. All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Application requirements

  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be a non-ortho letter, i.e. internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, non-ortho research, general surgery, pediatrics, etc).
  • CV
  • (USMLE) Step I score

Please do not email or mail additional documents directly to the program. All documents must be uploaded in (ERAS).

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting application materials is October 6, 2023.


Interview dates are Thursday, January 18th and Friday, January 19th 2024. They will be held via zoom.

Please direct any additional questions to our residency program coordinator, Johnson Huang at

Selection and appointments

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery selects and appoints residents in accordance with the University of California and GME policy, and in compliance with all Federal and State laws.

It is the policy of UCSF and its affiliated hospitals that programs do not discriminate against qualified applicants based upon gender, ethnicity, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, or veteran status. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within all areas of our Department including our training programs.

The Department only reviews applications received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applicants are chosen for interviews based upon the contents of their ERAS application viewing each student’s file holistically. The selection of residents will be made on the basis of aptitude, academic accomplishments, communications skills, and personal qualities. Students who complete sub-internships at UCSF are selected for interviews based on both their ERAS application and their rotation performance as rated by Faculty and Residents with whom they worked. The applicant will be notified by email if he/she has been granted an interview. The Program Director chairs the Residency Selection Committee. The Residency Selection Committee is comprised of both Faculty and Chief Residents who are chosen to participate in the interview process. After all interviews are completed, the Residency Selection Committee members submit their scores to construct a final rank list that is submitted by the Program Director to the NRMP.

The offer of a residency or fellowship position is not final until the UCSF Attestation Statement ( has been completed by the applicant and reviewed by the program. The attestation form asks for information about matters that are relevant to liability, credentialing and licensure1 requirements such as malpractice claims, drug and alcohol abuse, disciplinary action, and criminal convictions or pending charges. All “yes” responses require a detailed explanation. After review, an offer of a contract may be revoked or the conditions of the offer revised. Discovery of untruthful or misleading answers on the attestation form may subject an applicant to withdrawal of an offer or a resident to disciplinary action. Eligibility is defined in a separate policy.