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The Sparrow/MSU General Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Secondary Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). We accept prospective residents via these routes only.  Further, we only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  Our program codes are 1315440C0 for the Categorical positions (4) and 1315440P0 for the Preliminary position.  A thorough review of the individual's application takes place with special attention paid to high performance in surgical clerkships and sub-internships, research activity, and humanitarian volunteerism.  Letters of recommendation are typically from surgical faculty and department chairs.  USMLE Step scores above 230 for Step 1 and 240 for Step 2 and COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 scores above 540 are encouraged. 

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  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation-all preferably from a surgical discipline
  • USMLE Step I and II and/or COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2
  • Surgery department chair letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (foreign medical graduates only)

Criteria for selection of Residents

Interviews are offered to the top candidates based on evaluation of all the application materials.  Medical school transcript, research experience, extracurricular activities, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and educational accomplishments are all taken into account. Important intangibles that are fundamental to selection include evidence of desire to be a surgeon, leadership, strong work ethic, professionalism, and enthusiasm.


Interviews are an important, required component of the application process and are by invitation only.  Hundreds of applications are received annually, and, therefore, screened and thoroughly reviewed based on selection criteria.  If you have a special interest in our program and did not receive an invitation, please communicate with us specifying your reasons.  Invitations for interviews are sent out no later than November 1, 2021.  Due to the recent surge in the COVID variant and recommendations from the Coalition for Physician's Accountability's Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2022, interviews will be held virtually this year.  Invitations, along with the available dates, are sent to the selected applicants through the ERAS system.  If a conflict arises, please notify us as soon as possible so that an alternate date can potentially be arranged for you, and your opening can be offered to another candidate.  Please be aware that the Sparrow Resident Attestation and Virtual Interview Attestation forms must be signed and emailed back prior to your interview.  Interviews are held on several dates (Mondays) in November and December and are a half-day process.  During the day of the interview, you will meet and converse with program leadership, several faculty members, and the residents.  Communication skills, interpersonal skills, preparedness for the interview, interest in our residency program, and commitment to general surgery are specifically evaluated during this time.  We are anticipating having site visit(s) available January, 2022.  Our rank order meeting with the participating residents and faculty is typically held in early February.


Foreign Medical Graduates

For graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada, the necessary qualifications are the following:

  1. J1 Visas
  2. Current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  3. No more than 2 years since graduation from medical school
  4. At least 1 year of US clinical experience.

Foreign graduates of medical schools within the United States and Canada : H1B Visas are sponsored at the program's discretion.

Contact Us

For more information about applying to the General Surgery Residency Program, contact:

Hugh J. Lindsey, MD, MS

Program Director

Carla B. Crowe, BS

Program Coordinator

Sparrow/MSU General Surgery Residency