Application Process

7 Year Residency - ACGME ID 4404121302

  1. Apply online with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). No email or other applications are accepted.
  2. The Residency Selection Committee will not review your application until it is complete. (See Selection Policy) Your file will be reviewed by members of the Residency Selection Committee once the following have been received:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (with a least two from Surgery Faculty)
  • Dean’s Letter
  1. 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.

No application review and invitation for a formal interview will be made unless the application is complete by November 1, 2021. This deadline is firm.

All categorical interview invitations will be sent out by November 2, 2021 by 11:00am. We will be using Thalamus for scheduling and zoom on interview days.

Virtual Interviews

We interview all competitive candidates personally. Each candidate is individually interviewed by three members of the surgical faculty by current residents from all training years. The structured activities begin at 7:00 a.m. and conclude by 2:00 p.m.

Categorical Interview dates are:

  • Friday, November 19, 2021 (Penn Students Only)
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022

Foreign Graduates

All graduates of foreign medical schools must have current certification by the Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates. All foreign graduates who require visa sponsorship must meet all requirements of the ECFMG to be able to secure a J-1 Visa. Apply online with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only.

Applicants interested in specialty programs should NOT apply to the General Surgery Program, but should contact the appropriate Specialty Program Director at 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

If you are interested in:

6 Year Penn Neurosurgery Residency
(Year 1 is spent on our General Surgery Rotations)


M. Sean Grady, MD
Program Director
Phone: 215-662-3483

5 Year Penn Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
(Year 1 is spent on our General Surgery Rotations)

Craig Israelite, MD
Program Director
Phone: 215-662-3350

5 Year Penn Otorhinolaryngology Residency
(Year 1 is spent on our General Surgery Rotations)

Michael Ruckenstein, MD
Program Director
Phone: 215-662-6017

5 Year Penn Urology Residency
6 Year with research

Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS
Program Director
Phone: 215-349-5042

6 Year Penn Independent Coordinated
Plastic Surgery Residency
(Years 1-3 are spent on our General Surgery Rotations)

Joshua Fosnot , MD
Program Director
Phone: 215-590-2471

5 Year Oral Surgery Residency
(Years 1-2 are spent on our General Surgery Rotations)

Helen Giannakopoulos, DDS, MD
Program Director
Phone: 215-662-6176

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