The General Surgery Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for the recruitment and selection of Housestaff. Applications submitted through ERAS must include a medical school transcript, 3 letters of recommendation including a letter from the Surgery Chairman, and USMLE Step 1 transcript. Applicants are notified via email of all the documentation that is required for a complete application. Once an application is complete the Department Selection Committee reviews applications looking for the following criteria: USMLE Step 1 score, grades on clinical rotations (medical school transcript) and letters of recommendation. Selected applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview are sent via email and applicants are offered three interview dates which are filled on a first come, first served basis. All applicants that are not selected to interview are notified via email by December 31.