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Applying to the Internship in General Surgery

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Interview Dates

  • November 15, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • January 10, 2020

Senior medical students and other applicants applying for internship/first-year residency (PGY-I) in surgery are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. An application, dean's report, transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required. All completed applications are considered, and arrangements for personal interviews are at the discretion of each Residency Review Committee.

Applicants applying directly to their residency specialty need not submit a separate application for the PGY-I (internship) year. Further information may be obtained by calling the Department of Surgery at 858-657-7220

Residency Application Procedure

Applications for the surgery residency program are accepted electronically through ERAS. Applications are considered complete when the following documentation is received through ERAS:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • CV Report (Generated by the Program from the CAF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript(s)
  • Dean's Letter (expected after October 1st)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (One Chairman letter if possible)
  • Official transcripts from NBME indicating USMLE scores (Parts 1 and 2 if available)
  • NRMP Applicant Number

In addition to the above, students and graduates of international medical schools must provide the following:

  • Verification of ECFMG certification (provided through ERAS)
  • Verification of United States residency status (permanent resident, naturalized citizen, etc.).* 

Program Director:

Garth R. Jacobsen, MD FACS

Garth R. Jacobsen, MD FACS
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Program Administrator:

Lupita Nuño

​Travel Assistance Scholarship for Resident Applicants

UC San Diego's Department of Surgery is pleased to announce a travel assistance program for invited residency candidates for the 2018-2019 interview season.  The travel scholarships are based on financial need; applicants must receive 25 percent or more tuition support from financial aid, and have a travel radius greater than 250 miles, to be eligible for the $500 scholarship. Applicants will be invited to apply for the scholarship at the time of interview invitation. A letter of support from the applicant's financial aid office or dean of student affairs is required. For more details, contact Lupita Nuno at