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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 are encouraged. 

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  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE parts I and II
  • 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 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 leadership, strong work ethic, professionalism, and enthusiasm.


Interviews are by invitation only. Approximately 800 applications are received annually, and therefore screened based on selection criteria.  Interviews are extended to no more than 100 individuals. If you have a special interest in our program and did not receive an invitation, please communicate with us specifying your reasons.  Invitations are sent to the selected applicants through Interview Broker, along with a scheduled date.  If you are assigned an interview date that presents a conflict, please notify us immediately so we can possibly schedule an alternate date.  Interviews are held over several dates in November and December.  The interview is a one-day process, often on a Monday or Friday.  The interviewees will have the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time with the current residents at a dinner the evening prior to the interviews.  During the interview, you will meet with four to eight faculty members from the general, plastic, vascular and colorectal surgery divisions along with Senior or Chief Residents.   Each interviewee will be ranked based on verbal communication skills, attitude, interpersonal skills, understanding and answering questions well, showed preparedness for the interview, showed a true interest in our residency program, and demonstrated a commitment to general surgery.  A final ranked list is created in January at a meeting with the participating  faculty and residents after all applicants have been interviewed.


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

JC Sbraccia, BS

Program Coordinator

Sparrow/MSU General Surgery Residency