Residency Program: Application Process

The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in ERAS and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Each year, UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery matches six 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 22, 2020.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee reviews all applications once the required materials have been submitted. The applicant will be notified by email if he/she has been granted an interview. The selection of residents will be made on the basis of aptitude, academic accomplishments, communications skills, and personal qualities. The minimum USMLE score requirement is 230.


Interviews will be held on January 8 and 9, 2021. The 2020-2021 interviews will be held virtually.

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

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